Ron Barber, Gabrielle Giffords Former Aide, Officially Declared Her Successor

Connor Simpson
November 17, 2012
Ron Barber, Gabrielle Giffords Former Aide, Officially Declared Her Successor

He wasn't just keeping the seat warm. Ron Barber, Gabrielle Giffords' hand-picked successor, officially won the race for her old House seat in Arizona's Distract 8 on Saturday when the Associated Press finally called it, almost two weeks after election day. Barber won a special election (after a Giffords endorsement) over the summer to finish out Giffords' term until election day after the former Congresswoman resigned from her post. Barber served as Giffords' district director before that and was also injured in the 2011 shooting that left Giffords battling for her life. Barber's win was a narrow one over challenging Republican Martha McSally, but it doesn't matter how much you win by, as the say. Now he'll have the leisure and comfort of a full four years in Washington working in his old boss's position.