Ron Barber

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Ron Barber
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U.S. House, Arizona, District 2
In office
June 29, 2012 - Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 3
PredecessorGabrielle Giffords (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedJune 12, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$2,776,638
Term limitsN/A
High schoolRincon High School, 1963
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arizona, 1967
Date of birthAugust 25, 1945
Place of birthWakefield, England
Net worth$839,039
Office website
Campaign website
Ron Barber (b. August 25, 1945 in Wakefield, England) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing Arizona's 2nd congressional district. Barber was first elected to the House on June 12, 2012, to fill the vacancy created with the resignation of Representative Gabrielle Giffords. He won election for a full term on November 6, 2012, defeating Martha McSally (R) in a race that was too close to call for one week after the election took place.[1]

Prior to his service in the U.S. House, Barber was a staff member of former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords from 2007 until her resignation in 2012.

According to a Washington Post article in December 2012, Barber is one of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in 2014.[2]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Barber is a more moderate left of center Democratic Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Democratic Party line more than his fellow members.


Below is an abbreviated outline of Barber's academic, professional and political career:[3]

  • 1967: Graduated from University of Arizona, Tucson with B.A.
  • 1976-2006: Staff and director, Arizona Department of Economic Security, Division of Developmental Disabilities,
  • 2007-2012: Staff, United States Representative Gabrielle Giffords
  • 2012-Present: U.S Representative from Arizona

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Barber serves on the following committees:[4]



Specific votes

Fiscal Cliff

Voted "Yes" Barber voted for the fiscal cliff compromise bill, which made permanent most of the Bush tax cuts originally passed in 2001 and 2003 while also raising tax rates on the highest income levels. He was one of 172 Democrats that voted in favor of the bill. The bill was passed in the House by a 257/167 vote on January 1, 2013.[5]

Campaign themes


Barber's campaign website listed the following issues:[6]

  • Standing Up For The Middle Class – Jobs And The Economy
Excerpt: "I have worked my whole life in Southern Arizona. My wife and I ran a small business for 22 years, and now our children are raising their families here as well. That’s why making sure that our economy improves and provides good jobs is my top priority. We can’t have a thriving America without a thriving middle class."
  • Fiscal Responsibility
Excerpt: "Getting our nation’s finances under control is critically important. We can do it—but only if we also focus on growing our economy. That is why I support a balanced approach that includes spending cuts as well as making sure that the rich and corporations pay their fair share."
  • Social Security and Medicare
Excerpt: "I have pledged to protect Social Security and Medicare, and make sure that it is available to future generations. Millions of Americans have paid into Social Security and Medicare expecting that it would be there when they retired. For many Americans, this is their only source of income and health care security in their senior years–and they deserve representatives who will fight to make sure its there for them."
  • Border Security
Excerpt: "Southern Arizonans who live near our border with Mexico deserve the same safety and security as every American. I have spent countless hours along our border meeting with residents, business owners, and law enforcement officials, and I know what we need to get the job done."
  • Military and Veterans
Excerpt: "I was raised in a military family and lived on Davis-Monthan Air Force base, so I understand what our military families sacrifice when they serve. I will be a strong voice in Congress for those who serve currently and have served."



See also: Arizona's 2nd congressional district elections, 2014

According to a Washington Post article in December 2012, Barber is one of the 10 most vulnerable incumbents in 2014.[7]

The National Republican Congressional Committee listed Barber's seat as one of seven early targets in the 2014 congressional elections.[8] The seven targets align perfectly with the seven most Republican districts currently held by Democrats, according to FairVote's partisanship index. Barber's district ranks as the 7th most Republican (46% D).[9]

Barber is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Frontline Program. The program is designed to help protect vulnerable Democratic incumbents heading into the 2014 election.[10]


Regular election

See also: Arizona's 2nd congressional district elections, 2012

Barber won the 2012 election to the U.S. House, representing Arizona's 2nd District. He defeated Matt Heinz in the Democratic primary on August 28, 2012. He then defeated Martha McSally (R) in the general election on November 6, 2012.[11][12][13]

U.S. House, Arizona District 2 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRon Barber Incumbent 50.4% 147,338
     Republican Martha McSally 49.6% 144,884
     Libertarian Anthony Powell 0% 57
Total Votes 292,279
Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

U.S. House, Arizona District 2 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRon Barber Incumbent 82% 51,206
Matt Heinz 18% 11,213
Charlie Manolakis (Write-in) 0% 4
Total Votes 62,423

Special election

See also: Arizona's 8th congressional district special election, 2012

Barber won the 2012 special election for the U.S. House, representing Arizona's 8th District. The election was held to replace recently resigned Representative Gabrielle Giffords. He was unopposed in the April 17 Democratic primary. He defeated Jesse Kelly (R) and Charlie Manolakis (G) in the general election on June 12, 2012.[14][15]

On June 12, 2012, Ron Barber won election to the United States House. He defeated Jesse Kelly (R) and Charlie Manolakis (G) in the special election.[16]

U.S. House, Arizona District 8 Special Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRon Barber 52.3% 111,204
     Republican Jesse Kelly 45.4% 96,465
     Green Charlie Manolakis 2.3% 4,869
Total Votes 212,538

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Barber is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Barber raised a total of $2,776,638 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.[17]

Ron Barber's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Arizona, District 2) Won $2,776,638
Grand Total Raised $2,776,638


Breakdown of the source of Barber's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Barber won re-election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Barber's campaign committee raised a total of $2,776,638 and spent $2,690,570.[18]


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Barber is a "centrist Democratic follower" as of June 4, 2013.[19]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Barber missed 9 of 367 roll call votes from June 2012 to March 2013. This amounts to 2.5%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[20]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Barber's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $214,078 and $1,464,000. That averages to $839,039, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Representatives in 2011 of $5,107,874.[21]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings


Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of congress voted in the previous year. Barber's vote ratings are not available for 2012.[22]

Voting with party


The website Open Congress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Barber has voted with the Democratic Party 82.1% of the time. This ranked 196th among the 201 House Democrats as of June 2013.[23]


Barber and his wife, Nancy, have two children.[24]

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External links

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  1. Seattle PI "Voters in Arizona's 2nd pick Barber over McSally," November 17, 2012
  2. Washington Post "House Democrats Face Long Odds in 2014," December 7, 2012
  3. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Ron Barber," Accessed September 19, 2012
  4. - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  5. U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
  6. Campaign website, Issues
  7. Washington Post "House Democrats Face Long Odds in 2014," December 7, 2012
  8. The Hill, "NRCC, promising to 'stay on offense,' targets seven Dems," January 16, 2013
  9. FairVote "NRCC Targets Foreshadow Power of Partisanship in 2014 Elections," January 18, 2013
  10. Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
  11. Official primary candidate list
  12. Associated Press primary results
  13. ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
  14. Washington Post "Voters in Arizona's 8th Congressional District pick Kelly as GOP candidate for Giffords' seat," April 18, 2012
  15. Arizona Secretary of State - Unofficial special election results
  16. Arizona Secretary of State, "Official Special Election Canvass of Results," accessed April 22, 2013
  17. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Ron Barber," Accessed March 22, 2013
  18. Open Secrets "Ron Barber 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
  19. Gov Track "Ron Barber," Accessed June 4, 2013
  20. GovTrack, "Ron Barber," Accessed April 2, 2013
  21., "Barber, (D-Arizona), 2011"
  22. National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
  23. Open Congress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
  24. Project Vote Smart biography
Political offices
Preceded by
Gabrielle Giffords
U.S. House - Arizona District 2
Succeeded by