ARIZONA NEWS

US Rep. Andy Biggs ready to welcome new Arizona colleagues

Jan 3, 2019, 8:59 AM | Updated: 10:55 am
(Twitter Photo)...
(Twitter Photo)
(Twitter Photo)

PHOENIX – Fighting between Republicans and Democrats is business as usual in politics, but as the first day of the 116th Congress unfolds Thursday, U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona already knows he will get along with the newcomers from the Grand Canyon State.

The Republican will start working with freshmen House members Greg Stanton and Ann Kirkpatrick, both Democrats, who will be sworn in Thursday.

“I think we’ll work well,” Biggs said Thursday on KTAR News 92.3 FM’s Arizona’s Morning News, adding he has already met with Stanton and Kirkpatrick about a piece of legislation he is working on.

“We all have good personal relationships. … We can talk and we may disagree but we certainly have respect for each other,” Biggs said.

The federal government has entered the 13th day of a partial shutdown as Democrats take control of the House for the first time since 2011. Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said they’d quickly pass legislation to reopen the government — without funds for President Donald Trump’s border wall.

The White House has rejected the Democratic package, and Republicans who control the Senate are hesitant to take it up without Trump on board.

But Biggs said legislation that will affect Arizona will pull his group together.

“I think that’s where you’re going to see this delegation really come together is if there’s something that’s going to be beneficial to the state of Arizona,” Biggs said.

David Schweikert, Debbie Lesko, Paul Gosar, Ruben Gallego, Tom O’Halleran and Raul Grijalva make up the rest of the House delegation from Arizona.

Schweikert, Lesko and Gosar are Republican; Gallego, O’Halleran and Grijalva are Democrats.

“We’ll all get together and set aside any differences that we might otherwise have,” Biggs said.

The new Congress will make history for seating a record number of women and becoming the most racially and ethnically diverse.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

(AP Photo/Paul Sancya)...
Associated Press

Arizona GOP election rules advance, include releasing ballot images

The Arizona Senate Government Committee advanced seven election bills Monday in its first meeting since the conclusion of the Senate's unprecedented ballot review last year.
8 hours ago
Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey speaks at the Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee kick off event on Monday in...
Luke Forstner

Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee kicks off the countdown to the big game next year

The Arizona Super Bowl Host Committee on Monday kicked off their countdown to the 2023 Super Bowl, with an emphasis on the economic opportunities the event brings.
8 hours ago
(Pexels Photo)...
KTAR.com

City of Mesa to launch new job access center this spring

The Mesa City Council on Monday approved the launch of a job access center this spring that will help residents find work and build a career.
8 hours ago
(ADOT Photo)...
KTAR.com

Crews pour 2,000 tons of concrete for I-10 Broadway Curve project in metro Phoenix

Crews continue to make progress on the Interstate 10 Broadway Curve project, pouring 2,000 tons of concrete in metro Phoenix over the weekend for a bridge foundation.
8 hours ago
(Pexels photo)...
KTAR.com

Tempe’s Newtown Community Development gets nearly $30K from federal housing agency

A Tempe organization that helps people with the home buying process has been awarded a grant worth nearly $30,000 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
8 hours ago
(SRP Screenshot)...
KTAR.com

Peoria, SRP partnering to remove, replace trees that pose risk to electric lines

Peoria and Salt River Project are partnering on a program that will remove trees that pose a risk to electric lines and replace them in other locations across the city.
8 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Arizona State University

This is the best year to get your MBA

Getting a master’s degree is a major commitment of time, energy, and money, so returning to school — even if you’re thinking about a part-time program that allows you to keep working — is one of the biggest decisions of your career.
GLENDALE, AZ - DECEMBER 27: Wide receivers John Brown #12 and Larry Fitzgerald #11 of the Arizona C...
Arizona Department of Gaming

The most memorable games in Arizona sports history every fan needs to know

Sports teams in Arizona have seen their fair share of instant classic games, but there's a few that every fan needs to know.
...
PNC BANK

How your family can explore the Musical Instrument Museum

Whether you want to spend a day with family, do crafts with kids at home, or have an adult night out, the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix has options. As the world’s only global musical instrument museum, MIM offers interactive and immersive exhibits to foster an appreciation of different cultures and their instruments. “A visit […]
US Rep. Andy Biggs ready to welcome new Arizona colleagues