Congresswoman Ann Kirkpatrick defeated a number of primary challengers and her Republican opponent to represent Arizona’s Second Congressional District. Rep. Kirkpatrick was born and raised in rural Arizona and has spent much of her life serving Arizona families. She is a former prosecutor and served in the Arizona House of Representatives from 2004 to 2008. She represented Arizona’s First Congressional District from 2009 to 2011 and then again from 2013 to 2017, before leaving to unsuccessfully challenge then-Senator John McCain in 2016. While first serving in Congress, she championed bills to support veterans and Native American tribes. Currently, she sits on the Appropriations Committee.
Rep. Kirkpatrick visited Israel in 2009 as a Member of Congress and saw firsthand Israel’s vibrant culture and complex politics. She is committed to the two-state solution and believes the United States has a special role to play in bringing the parties to the table. The Congresswoman strongly believes in bilateral peace negotiations and to that end, saw Trump’s decision to unilaterally move the US embassy to Jerusalem as complicating the path toward peace. She believes that there must be mutual respect and dignity for all sides in this conflict in order to spur progress or successful negotiations. Additionally, Rep. Kirkpatrick is against the BDS movement, but as a proponent of free speech, does not support efforts in Congress that would penalize or criminalize BDS activities. Rep. Kirkpatrick supported the JCPOA and saw it as an effective way to keep Iran from developing nuclear weapons. She believes that since President Trump has withdrawn from the Iran deal, the US must now work towards diplomatic re-engagement.