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Birth place:McNary, AZ
Undergraduate education: University of Arizona
Graduate education: University of Arizona
Ann Kirkpatrick was born in McNary, Ariz., and currently lives in Flagstaff. She earned a bachelor's degree and a law degree from the University of Arizona.
Kirkpatrick spent the early part of her career prosecuting drug-related cases for the Coconino County attorney's office before going into private practice. She also served as city attorney in Sedona.
She was elected to the Arizona House in 2004 and won re-election in 2006.
She was elected to the U.S. House in 2008, but she lost a re-election bid in 2010 to Republican political newcomer Paul Gosar.
Kirkpatrick married Roger Curley in 2009. She has two daughters from a previous marriage.
Ann Kirkpatrick has focused her comeback attempt on creating new jobs for middle-class families in Arizona's 1st Congressional District and promoting fiscal responsibility — much like she did when she was elected to Congress in 2008 before losing her re-election bid in 2010.
Her priorities include obtaining a scenic area designation for Sedona to boost tourism-related jobs and pushing for a swap of federal land near Superior so a new copper mine can be developed.
Kirkpatrick has supported a ban on the filing of new mining claims near the Grand Canyon to protect what she calls an economic driver for Arizona. She also wants the federal government to invest more in education to modernize classrooms, decrease class sizes and attract highly qualified teachers.
Kirkpatrick spent her first term in Congress working on generally conservative issues in her district, including the copper mine proposal, a large logging and forest restoration project, and border security legislation.
She broke with her party on occasion, voting against extensions of some stimulus bills and against cap-and-trade legislation. She introduced legislation in 2010 to cut lawmakers' pay by 5 percent and voluntarily began returning that amount of her own pay to the treasury.
But she also voted for health care reform, and was the subject of some derision in 2009 when she left an informal constituent meeting in a Holbrook grocery store foyer after being shouted down by constituents demanding she hold a town hall-style meeting. She continues to be criticized for that vote and for leaving the meeting.
She voted for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which was expected to create 8,100 jobs in the sprawling district she represented.
Kirkpatrick also has advocated heavily for American Indian tribes, which she represented during her time in the Arizona Legislature. Her first words were in the Apache language. She sponsored a bill in February 2009 to resolve the water rights claims of the White Mountain Apache Tribe.
She once proposed setting aside a certain percentage of federal funds to rehabilitate land on the Navajo reservation that had been under a construction ban for decades because of a dispute with the Hopi Tribe. Kirkpatrick sponsored legislation to lift that ban.
She also sponsored a bill in March 2009 to increase the rates of disability compensation for veterans with service-related disabilities.
Kirkpatrick became involved in politics at an early age, campaigning for her uncle who served in the Arizona Legislature and her father's run for the school board. She worked on former Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano's campaign for state attorney general and has remained active in the Democratic Party.
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Ann Kirkpatrick won her August 2014 primary, she will face Andy Tobin in November.
(Last updated by The Associated Press on September 5, 2014.)