Ron Barber will be sworn in as the 112th Congress’ newest Member today after winning a special election to fill the seat of former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.
As the lines are currently drawn, 18 percent of the district’s population is older than 65, and entitlement issues are key. Barber’s position during the campaign was that he would “responsibly adjust” Medicare and Medicaid, and he opposed the fiscal 2013 GOP budget proposal.
Barber said he is ready to get started, and he has already begun his apartment search in D.C, pulled together Arizona memorabilia for his office and located a Bible he and his wife share for the swearing-in.
“My energy level has been so high since I started this election,” he said. “I feel very youthful, even though I have a few gray hairs. I’m really ready to do this.”
On January 3, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., raises her right hand as her son Henry messes up her hair while Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., delivers the ceremonial swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber. Gillibrand's other son Theodore, lower right, looks on.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.