Gabby Giffords was a mentor of mine in the state Legislature and also in Congress.
In 2010, I proposed that Congress take its first pay cut in 77 years, and my effort had bipartisan support. And as part of leading by example, I returned 5 percent of my paycheck every month to pay down the debt.
I believe the private sector and small businesses drive our economy, and that means the federal government should work to ensure the private sector is as robust as possible.
I believe we must protect Medicare’s guaranteed benefit, and I will oppose any effort to dismantle Medicare and turn it into a voucher system.
By boosting oversight and accountability, we can empower the VA in its core mission of helping the men and women who have served our country.
In Congress, I was a relentless advocate for fiscal responsibility.
I have always been an independent voice for the folks in my district.
I grew up learning to do more with less.
Both my mother’s family and my father’s family go back almost a hundred years in the district. I was born in the district, raised in the district, raised my family in the district. And so that’s the way I see myself.
When millions of Americans are tightening their belts, folks have the right to expect their elected officials to do the same.
I grew up in rural Arizona. My dad ran a general store.
Yes, I introduced the congressional pay cut bill, cutting our salaries by five percent. And I think we have to lead by example.