Ann Kirkpatrick is all Arizona. 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. Her father ran the general store in Whiteriver and her mother taught school. On her mother’s side of the family were ranchers in Snowflake – their family ranch was the Bourdon Ranch. On her father’s side were businessmen in the White Mountains.
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. 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. Today, her parents reside in Prescott.
After earning her law degree, Ann served the people of Arizona in a variety of positions. In 1980, she became Coconino County’s first female Deputy County Attorney and later served as Sedona’s City Attorney. In November 2004, Ann was elected to the state House of Representatives to represent Legislative District 2. Her top legislative priorities were fiscal responsibility, quality education and rural issues. In November 2006, she was elected to a second term in the Legislature.
In 2008, the voters of Congressional District One chose Ann to represent them in Congress. The sprawling, mostly rural district is one of the nation’s largest – it touches 11 counties and includes 12 Native American tribes. According to recent Census data, District One is nearly 25 percent Native American. So while Ann’s first words as a child were in Apache, today she is also learning to speak Navajo.
In the 111th Congress, Ann had more bills and amendments 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. During this term, she served on the House Committee on Homeland Security, working on issues of national security and traveling to Afghanistan to visit U.S. troops and receive briefings from military commanders.
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. 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. Throughout this term, 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. Ann was also 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 appointed by House leaders to serve on the House-Senate Conference Committee that brokered and passed major VA reform in July 2014.
In November 2014, the voters of District One sent a strong message by electing 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. In this term, 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. Ann’s whistleblower protection bill was recently included in a package of VA legislation that cleared the Veterans’ Affairs Committee and is headed to the full House for a vote. 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.