When then-Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Tucson) was tragically shot in 2011, her then-district director Ron Barber was also wounded. Later, Mr. Barber would replace Ms. Giffords in the House, winning a close special election after the Congresswoman resigned for health reasons. He was then elected to a full term in 2012, defeating then-first time candidate Martha McSally by just under 2,500 votes. Ms. McSally would return in 2014 to unseat Mr. Barber by just 161 votes, which proved to be the closest House race in the country that year.
Now, Mr. Barber is returning to congressional service. Ann Kirkpatrick (D), the former 1st District Representative that won the open 2nd District last week, announced that Mr. Barber has accepted her offer to become her district director when she returns to the House in January.
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