By Mila Besich-Lira
The members of the 113th United States Congress were sworn into their offices on Monday. Ann Kirkpatrick, elected to represent the Arizona Congressional District One (CD1), was appointed to the Transportation and Infrastructure, Veterans’ Affairs Committees.
The Transportation and Infrastructure committee oversees issues such as roads, bridges, railways, pipelines, transportation corridors, water resources and infrastructure issues. Her role on the committee could potentially help the communities and rural areas within CD 1 address their transportation and infrastructure issues. There are 12 tribal communities in the district some of which still lack electricity and running water.
The Veterans’ Affairs committee handles legislation related to veterans’ issues such as job placements, healthcare and education.
“These appointments are a tremendous honor, and they are great news for the people of our district,” Kirkpatrick said in a written statement from her office. “My vision for this district is to develop a diversified, sustainable economy, and the way we get there is by empowering our citizens and communities with the tools to build a stronger future.”
Constituents in district one can contact Rep. Kirkpatrick through her Washington, DC office via telephone at: 202-225-3361. Her closest district office is located in Casa Grande at 211 North Florence St. Suite 1. A phone number was not listed for the Casa Grande office. The Congresswoman does have an email newsletter that you can subscribe to by signing up on her webpage at: www.kirkpatrick.house.gov
The entire Copper Corridor area is located in Congressional District One.