Ann Kirkpatrick is running for the House of Representatives in Arizona's new 1st District due to redistricting. After losing her race for re-election in 2010, Kirkpatrick is running again. Her campaign will focus on job creation and the protection of the rights of veterans and Native Americans. She is a strong supporter of women's rights and civil rights.
Prospects and Opponent: Kirkpatrick is running against Democrat Wenona Benally Baldenegro and Republican former Senator Jonathan Paton. Republican Paul Gosar, who won Kirkpatrick's seat in the 2010 election, will not seek re-election in the 1st district. At this point, the race is viewed as a toss-up, but the district leans slightly to the Republican side.
Background and Legislative Achievements: Before serving in Congress, Kirkpatrick worked as Coconino County's Deputy County Attorney, the first woman to hold this position. She also represented Legislative District 2 in Arizona's House of Representatives from 2005-2007. During her time in the US House, she:
- Opposed the anti-abortion Stupak Amendment to the Affordable Care Act.
- Supported the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
- Sponsored the Taking Responsibility for Congressional Pay Act.
- Voted to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell.
- Voted for unemployment extension benefits.
- Voted for the Affordable Care Act
- Voted for the Hate Crimes Act to include protections against crimes motivated by prejudice based on gender, sexual orientation, or national origin.
- Voted for Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act.
Other Endorsements: EMILY's List, WCF, NWPC, DCCC Red to Blue