|U.S. House, Arizona, District 2|
|June 29, 2012 - Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||Gabrielle Giffords (D)|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||June 12, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|High school||Rincon High School, 1963|
|Bachelor's||University of Arizona, 1967|
|Birthday||August 25, 1945|
|Place of birth||Wakefield, England|
- 1 Career
- 2 Committee assignments
- 3 Issues
- 4 Elections
- 5 Campaign donors
- 6 Analysis
- 7 Personal
- 8 Recent news
- 9 External links
- 10 References
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.
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:
- 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
Barber serves on the following committees:
- Armed Services Committee
- Subcommittee on Tactical Air and Land Forces
- Subcommittee on Readiness
- Homeland Security Committee
- Subcommittee on Oversight and Management Efficiency Ranking Member
- United States House Committee on Small Business
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.
Barber's campaign website listed the following issues:
- 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."
The National Republican Congressional Committee listed Barber's seat as one of seven early targets in the 2014 congressional elections. 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).
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.
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.
|U.S. House, Arizona District 2 General Election, 2012|
|Democratic||Ron Barber Incumbent||50.4%||147,338|
|Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Arizona District 2 Democratic Primary, 2012|
|Ron Barber Incumbent||82%||51,206|
|Charlie Manolakis (Write-in)||0%||4|
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.
|U.S. House, Arizona District 8 Special Election, 2012|
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.
|Ron Barber's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Arizona, District 2)||$2,776,638|
|Grand Total Raised||$2,776,638|
|U.S. House, Arizona District 2, 2012 - Ron Barber Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$1,458,135|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$1,438,089|
|Top contributors to Ron Barber's campaign committee|
|University of Arizona||$36,550|
|Service Employees International Union||$30,250|
|Operating Engineers Union||$30,000|
|American Fedn of St/Cnty/Munic Employees||$21,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Public Sector Unions||$125,750|
|Building Trade Unions||$92,500|
Ideology and leadership
Lifetime voting record
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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - 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.
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.
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.
Barber and his wife, Nancy, have two children.
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- Media coverage:
- Seattle PI "Voters in Arizona's 2nd pick Barber over McSally," November 17, 2012
- Washington Post "House Democrats Face Long Odds in 2014," December 7, 2012
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Ron Barber," Accessed September 19, 2012
- CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
- U.S. House "Roll Call Vote on the Fiscal Cliff" Accessed January 4, 2013.
- Campaign website, Issues
- Washington Post "House Democrats Face Long Odds in 2014," December 7, 2012
- The Hill, "NRCC, promising to 'stay on offense,' targets seven Dems," January 16, 2013
- FairVote "NRCC Targets Foreshadow Power of Partisanship in 2014 Elections," January 18, 2013
- Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, "DCCC Chairman Steve Israel Announces 2013-2014 Frontline Members," March 5, 2013
- Official primary candidate list
- Associated Press primary results
- ABC News "2012 General Election Results"
- Washington Post "Voters in Arizona's 8th Congressional District pick Kelly as GOP candidate for Giffords' seat," April 18, 2012
- Arizona Secretary of State - Unofficial special election results
- Arizona Secretary of State, "Official Special Election Canvass of Results," accessed April 22, 2013
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Ron Barber," Accessed March 22, 2013
- Open Secrets "Ron Barber 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
- Gov Track "Ron Barber," Accessed June 4, 2013
- GovTrack, "Ron Barber," Accessed April 2, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Barber, (D-Arizona), 2011"
- National Journal, "2012 Congressional Vote Ratings," February 21, 2013
- Open Congress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
- Project Vote Smart biography
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