ENG: Ron Barber (born August 25, 1945) is a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Arizona's 2nd congressional district since 2013. He is a member of the Democratic Party. The district includes more than two-thirds of Tucson, as well as the southeastern corner of the state.
Barber served as district director for Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords before Giffords resigned her seat due to the severe injuries she sustained in an assassination attempt in which Barber was also injured. He won the Democratic nomination for the special election to fill out Giffords' term in what was then the 8th district and was sworn-in to office on June 19, 2012. In the 2012 general election, he was elected to a full term in the district.
Early life, education, and military service
Barber was born in Wakefield, West Yorkshire, England, shortly after World War II. Barber's father was an airman stationed at Davis-Monthan Air Force Base.
Barber graduated from Tucson's Rincon High School in 1963, and earned a B.A. from the University of Arizona in 1967.
Early public sector career
Barber worked as director and program manager of the Arizona Division of Developmental Disabilities in Pima County from 1974 to 2006. Barber worked as Giffords' district director beginning in 2007. In 2011, Barber was shot in the thigh and face during the attempt on Giffords' life.
U.S. House of Representatives - Elections - 2012 special election
In 2012, following the resignation of Giffords, Barber decided to seek election to the seat.
On June 12, 2012, he defeated Jesse Kelly, an Iraq War veteran, in a special election.
2012 regular election
On March 19, 2012, Barber announced that he would run for a full term in the district, which had been renumbered as the 2nd District, in the 2012 general election. The district was, at least on paper, slightly more Democratic than its predecessor. However, his race against Republican Martha McSally was one of the closest in the nation. McSally led on election night by a few hundred votes, but the race was initially too close to call due to a large number of provisional ballots. Barber eventually overtook McSally as more ballots were counted.
By November 16, most of the outstanding ballots were in heavily Democratic precincts near Tucson. The Arizona Republic determined that as a result, McSally would not be able to pick up enough votes to overcome Barber's lead. By November 17, Barber's lead over McSally had grown to 1,400 votes. The same day, the Associated Press determined that there weren't enough ballots outstanding for McSally to regain the lead, and called the race for Barber. McSally conceded the race later that morning.
He and his wife Nancy live in Tucson; the couple has two daughters. They have operated a small business for 22 years.