Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ)

Ann Kirkpatrick

U.S. Representative Ann Kirkpatrick is running for election against incumbent Republican Senator John McCain.  She is a strong supporter of women’s rights and civil rights. Her campaign will focus on job creation and the protection of the rights of Native Americans, strengthening education, and creating and sustaining jobs.

Background and Achievements

Kirkpatrick has represented in the 1st Congressional District of Arizona in the US House of Representatives since 2009. Before serving in Congress, she worked as Coconino County’s Deputy County Attorney, the first woman to hold this position, and also served in the Arizona House of Representatives. She currently serves on the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. During her time in the US House, she has:

  • Supported reproductive rights
  • 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
  • Co-sponsored bills to aid veterans and Native Americans
  • 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 crimes motivated by prejudice based on gender, sexual orientation, or national origin,
  • Voted for the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act

Positions on Key Issues

  • Strong supporter of reproductive health access and rights
  • Advocate for investing in public education and making public colleges and universities affordable. Opponent repeated attempts to cut Pell Grants
  • Strong defender of Medicare and Social Security
  • Supporter of tough, fair, and comprehensive immigration reform addressing our broken immigration system and a consistent advocate for the DREAM Act
  • Advocate for fighting global climate change and reduction of our carbon footprint

Prospects & Opponents

The current RealClearPolitics polling average place McCain 2.4 points above Kirkpatrick.  McCain, however, faces a public primary challenge from conservatives who do not think he is conservative enough.

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