Arizona born and raised, Ann Kirkpatrick's earliest roots are found in Eastern Arizona in McNary on the White Mountain Apache Nation. Her father ran a general store and her mother was a schoolteacher. They taught Ann the value of hard work and giving back to her community. Ann graduated from Blue Ridge High School in the White Mountains and then worked her way through the University of Arizona, earning a bachelor's degree and then a law degree from the University of Arizona College of Law.
After earning her law degree, Ann served the people of Greater Arizona in a wide variety of positions. First, in 1980, she became Coconino County's first female Deputy County Attorney, cracking down on criminals and protecting neighborhoods and families in Northern Arizona. Then Ann served the people of Sedona as City Attorney. And in 2004, she began teaching Business Law and Ethics at Coconino Community College.
In November 2004, Ann’s neighbors elected her to the Arizona House of Representatives to represent Legislative District 2, which includes Flagstaff and the Havasupai, Hopi, Hualapai, Navajo, and San Juan Southern Paiute Nations. At the State Capitol, Ann championed fiscal responsibility as she worked to protect taxpayers' dollars in her position as the Ranking Democrat on the House Ways and Means Committee. The mother of two daughters, Ann knows the roots of future success are found in a good education, and she worked to improve the quality of education for all Arizona's kids through her service on the Education K-12 Committee.
During her term in the U.S. House of Representatives, Ann’s results stood out in Congress, seeing more of her bills and amendments signed into law than almost any other freshman representative. Ann’s hard work created jobs, helped small businesses, hired more border patrol agents, and protected veterans and seniors in Greater Arizona.
As a member of the Small Business, Veterans' Affairs, and Homeland Security committees, she delivered substantive progress for Greater Arizona's working families and small businesses, including championing critical job creation projects for her district. Among her hallmark achievements were successful measures to give seniors a cost of living adjustment (COLA) during the downturn, kick-starting economic development on tribal lands by repealing the Bennett Freeze, and securing $600 million in new border security funding to expand the border patrol. And to make her own small contribution to paying down our crippling national debt, Ann voluntarily returned 5% of her salary to the Treasury and returned over $100,000 in unspent congressional office funds.
Ann Kirkpatrick is the only candidate who can bring a lifetime of experience and results in the first district. "This District is where I was born. This is where I have always lived, and this is where I raised my two daughters," Ann Kirkpatrick said. "I have a vision for our district focused on creating good jobs, building critical infrastructure, ensuring a quality education for all our children, standing up for our seniors and veterans, and making our communities safer. Greater Arizona is an ideal setting for small businesses to prosper and families to raise their children, and we need leadership to match it."