Ron Barber came to Congress in June 2012 after winning the special election to fill the open U.S. House seat of Representative Gabby Giffords, who resigned on January 25, 2012, with an impressive lifetime score of 89% on LCV’s National Environmental Scorecard. Barber has been a close friend and colleague of Representative Giffords, serving as her district director since 2007.
Barber has deep roots in Southern Arizona, having lived there his entire life and run a small business for 25 years. He has seen clean energy initiatives, including a federal grant for a large solar project covering part of the parking area at Tucson International Airport, create good jobs in the district. Barber supports renewable energy standards and legislative action to reduce global warming pollution. During his first few months in Congress, Barber has consistently voted to protect public health, and he will continue to do so by pushing back against efforts to weaken the Clean Air Act and the Clean Water Act. He will also support renewable energy development, specifically solar, for his home state of Arizona while working to end subsidies for Big Oil.
In his own words:
"Arizona can and should be a global leader in the growing solar industry. [I] will continue to work to make Southern Arizona a leader in solar power generation, manufacturing, investment and jobs. Arizona’s solar industry has created nearly 5,000 jobs. Tens of thousands more jobs are possible if we focus on policies that support the growing solar industry."
Source: Ron Barber Campaign Website