Biography and official photo of Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick
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Biography: Arizona born and raised, Ann Kirkpatrick resides in Flagstaff, and her earliest roots are found in Eastern Arizona on the White Mountain Apache Nation. Her father ran a general store and her mother was a schoolteacher. 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 there.
After earning her law degree, Ann served the people of Greater Arizona in a variety of positions. In 1980, she became Coconino County's first female Deputy County Attorney, cracking down on criminals and protecting neighborhoods and families in Northern Arizona. She later served as Sedona’s City Attorney. 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 and quality education.
During her 2009-10 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. In her second term, Ann served on the House Committee on Veterans' Affairs and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. She passed several bipartisan bills during the 113th Congress, including major legislation that will bring thousands of mining jobs to Superior, Ariz., and she played a key role in the push to reform the broken VA system.
In November 2014, the voters of Arizona’s Congressional District One elected Ann to a third term. In the 114th Congress, she currently serves on the House Committee on Agriculture and the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.
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