Ann Kirkpatrick is the voice Arizona families need in the Senate.
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 upbringing taught her the importance of small business owners the need for a good education system in the state of Arizona.
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 fighter.
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. 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.