Why She Matters
After losing her seat in 2010, Ann Kirkpatrick will once again represent Arizona’s first congressional district, wining election in 2012.
Despite the conservative bent of Arizona's 1st district, Kirkpatrick won an open-seat race by a decisive 16 points in 2008. She now represents the country's 10th largest House district in terms of land area. She succeeded Rep. Rick Renzi (R), whose ethical troubles had left the region lacking effective representation.
In her first House term, Kirkpatrick supported two of her party's three major legislative efforts: the stimulus plan in February 2009 and the health-care bill in March 2010. However, she voted against the June 2009 House energy bill aimed at fighting climate change. Skeptical towards government programs, she also opposed the cash-for-clunkers program allowing car trade-ins and supported keeping open Guantanamo Bay prison for terrorist suspects.