“Real power is right here in Arizona – it’s out in our communities. That’s where I spend my time, listening to seniors, ranchers, veterans and working families.” — Ann
Young Ann with Family
Born and raised in the White Mountains of Eastern Arizona, Ann’s earliest roots are in the small timber town of McNary and on the White Mountain Apache Nation, where her father ran the general store in Whiteriver and her mother taught school. Her mother’s family were ranchers in Snowflake – their family ranch was the Bourdon Ranch. Her father’s family were businessmen in the White Mountains.
In these small Arizona towns, Ann learned the importance of our heritage — she saw families who had worked their land for generations, and she understood the need to protect these local economies and fight for the way of life of all Arizonans.
Ann grew up in a bipartisan household – her mom was a Republican and her dad was a Democrat – so dinner conversations were lively and full of debate. Her parents taught her that no one party has a monopoly on good ideas, and the best solutions are the often the ones where everyone gives a little and finds common ground.
Ann graduated from Blue Ridge High School and worked her way through the University of Arizona, earning a bachelor’s degree and then a law degree there. In Tucson, Ann saw the importance of Arizona’s education system, which cultivates the innovators and leaders who move Arizona forward.
Ann’s upbringing instilled in her the Arizona values that she carries with her to this day: no-nonsense, independent, innovative – and always focused on the people of Arizona.
Ann and her husband, Roger, have four grown children, and they recently welcomed their family’s first grandchild into the world – John Richard, a 5th-generation Arizonan.
Ann as Attorney
From a young woman told by her guidance counselor that “girls just don’t go to college,” to a lawyer, prosecutor, state legislator and congresswoman, Ann’s experiences tell the story of a trailblazer fighting to put Arizona families first.
In 1980, Ann became the first woman to serve as Coconino County’s deputy county attorney. As a prosecutor, Ann pushed for more arrests in domestic violence and abuse cases. And when victims were in too much danger to testify, Ann co-founded Victim Witness Services in Flagstaff to protect and support victims of crimes and domestic violence.
In November 2004, Ann was elected to the state House of Representatives to represent Legislative District 2. Fighting for fiscal responsibility, quality education and Arizona’s rural communities, Ann was re-elected in November 2006. And in 2008, the voters of Congressional District One chose Ann to represent them in Congress.
Ann carried her experiences with her to Congress – fighting to ensure that all Arizonans have an opportunity to pursue their dreams, work hard and raise their families in safe, thriving communities. She continues to work on priorities such as equal pay, access to quality education, and higher wages for Arizona’s middle-class families.
Today, Ann seeks to bring her fight for Arizona families to the U.S. Senate — where she would be the first female U.S. senator in Arizona history.
Fighting for Arizona
“Arizona families deserve a senator who is fighting for them, not special interests. I will stand with them to get things done for our state. For me, Arizona always comes first.” — Ann
Ann is deeply honored to represent Arizona’s Congressional District One — a sprawling, mostly rural district that spans nearly the entire eastern half of the state, including the White Mountains where she was born and raised. District One touches 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties and includes 12 Native American tribes.
In her first term in Congress, Ann earned a reputation for working across the aisle to get things done. She had more legislation signed into law than almost any other freshman representative. She passed bills that helped Arizona’s veterans and Native American tribes, and her bipartisan legislation enacting a historic water settlement is today helping Arizona’s urban, rural and tribal communities.
In her second term, Ann passed bipartisan bills including major legislation that will bring thousands of mining jobs to Superior and communities throughout Arizona’s Copper Corridor. She worked closely with Republican Congressman Paul Gosar to build support for their Superior mine legislation, hosting joint town halls and community meetings as well as testifying in House committees.
Ann fought for and secured critical resources for Arizona, including $35 million in emergency grants to repair the collapsed U.S. 89 and more than $3 million for critical flood-control projects in Pinal, Coconino and Navajo counties. She was a leading voice in the push to reform the broken VA system and address problems exposed by Phoenix VA whistleblowers. Her call for a nationwide VA audit was enacted by the administration within just 24 hours, and she was part of the bipartisan House-Senate conference committee that brokered and passed major VA reform in July 2014.
More recently, she and Congressman Gosar have once again teamed up on Arizona-focused legislation, introducing a bill that advances the Interstate-11 project and strengthens Southern Arizona’s position as a transportation corridor. And she is working hard at the federal, state and local level to ensure that one of her top priorities — the Four Forest Restoration Initiative, or 4FRI — moves forward into its critical next phase of protecting Arizona’s communities and forests from devastating wildfires.