Ann Kirkpatrick Announces 2016 Senate Run

05/26/2015 10:59 am ET

Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.) announced Tuesday she is running in the 2016 race for the U.S. Senate in Arizona.

“I love this state, and I’ve worked hard all my life to put Arizona first,” Kirkpatrick said in a statement. “From the timber towns of the White Mountains to the tech hubs of Phoenix and Tucson, we are working to build a strong, diverse economy. I’m fighting for Arizona every single day, and I’d be humbled to represent our state in the United States Senate.”

Kirkpatrick, a former prosecutor and small-business owner, is aiming for the seat currently held by Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.), who has been in the U.S. Senate since 1986. McCain announced in April he would run for re-election in 2016.

According to Roll Call, Kirkpatrick made calls Monday to inform people of her plans.

Watch a video about Kirkpatrick's campaign above.

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