Why He Matters
Ron Barber, a former chief of staff to Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), won a special election in June 2012 to replace Giffords, after Giffords survived an assassination attempt in January 2011 and resigned her seat in Congress in early 2012 to focus on her recovery. Giffords supported Barber and campaigned on his behalf, but she played only a small role in the battle for a conservative-leaning southeastern Arizona district.
Barber next won a full term representing Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District, squeaking out a win over Republican Martha McSally in the November 2012 general election. The win gave Democrats a sweep of the state’s three competitive races for U.S. House seats.
“I’m really proud and honored that I’ve been given another opportunity to serve,” Barber told the Associated Press. “I never expected to be in Congress. When I won the special election, I was thrilled about that, and now I have two years to get some work done.”