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Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Phoenix, packing up his Capitol Hill office in 2014.

Ed Pastor, a longtime Arizona lawmaker who was the first Hispanic from the state elected to Congress, died of a heart attack Tuesday in Phoenix, his family said. He was 75. Read more»

Raul H. Castro poses for a photo as Arizona governor.

Castro, who died Friday at age 98, had a rough childhood in the border community of Douglas that included walking miles to school while white kids took the bus and wondering where his next meal would come from. He wandered as a hobo for a time and boxed on the side to make ends meet. Read more»

Rep.-elect Ruben Gallego, D-Phoenix, will not be sworn in to Congress until January but is already saying he will move quickly toward leadership and hopes to spend 25 to 30 years in the House.

When the primaries ended in August, most candidates turned their attention to this week’s general election, but Ruben Gallego was looking farther down the road. Much farther. At a September fundraising event, Gallego told donors that he plans to spend the next 25 to 30 years in the House, all but ruling out a future run for the Senate. Read more»

Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Phoenix, has packed up nearly most of his Capitol Hill office as he prepares to retire. He said he hopes his legacy in Congress will be his ability to help people.

Observers say Rep. Ed Pastor's legacy can be measured in projects he brought to the state, like light rail, as well as people he helped. That's just how Pastor, retiring this year, hopes to be remembered. Read more»

Rocio Saenz of Mi Familia Vota speaks at the release of a 'scorecard' on how House members voted on immigration issues in 2014. The report aims to let people know 'how our leaders in Congress fail on the one issue that is so important to all of us,' she said.

A pro-immigration scorecard gave a zero to all Republicans in the Arizona delegation but no less than a 73 to the Democrats. Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Prescott, welcomed his zero on the "far-left" scorecard; Rep. Raul Grijalva was "honored" by his perfect score. Read more» 2

The U.S. has recently seen a surge in the number of unaccompanied minor immigrants in the country illegally, many of whom cross the border in to Texas. Hundreds of them have been transferred to Arizona for handling.

The White House on Monday outlined actions the government has taken in response to a recent influx of unaccompanied immigrant children that has burdened immigration facilities in Texas and led to some immigrants being transported to Arizona. Read more»

The Rev. Randy Mayer of Sahuarita urged Republican lawmakers to “uphold the unity of families” and join Democrats calling for a vote on an immigration reform bill. He spoke with, from left, Rep. Judy Chu, D-Calif., and actress America Ferrera.

Democrats claim to have enough supporters in the GOP-controlled House to pass a "discharge petition" to force a vote on a reform bill that has been stalled since last summer. Read more»

U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, shown in a 2011 file photo, announced on her Facebook page Thursday that she won’t run in the congressional district where fellow Democrat Ed Pastor is retiring.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Kyrsten Sinema said Thursday she won’t switch districts to run for the congressional seat held by retiring U.S. Rep. Ed Pastor. Read more»


The senior member of Arizona's congressional delegation, 11-term Rep. Ed Pastor of Phoenix, announced Thursday that he will not seek re-election. The move set off an instant flurry of speculation about who would seek to replace him in what's widely seen as a safe Democratic seat. State Rep. Ruben Gallego quickly tweeted, "I am in for Congress." Read more» 2

Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., said he looks forward to working with House lawmakers on immigration reform. McCain was a lead sponsor of a Senate reform bill that passed last summer but stalled in the House.plan. The current House plan would not include a path to citizenship, as the Senate bill does.

Another immigration reform plan was unveiled last week by House Republican leaders, but members may be reluctant to sign on during an election year. The six-point plan unveiled last week by House Republican leaders includes calls for tougher border security, a revamped visa system and “no special path to citizenship” for immigrants who are here illegally. Read more»

The Kennedy family leave the U.S. Capitol after the funeral of President John F. Kennedy, Nov. 25, 1963.

Some were in college, some were barely walking. Some still have memories of the day, while others know only the legacy. But members of Arizona’s congressional delegation, young and old, Democrat and Republican, all say they were touched in one way or another by the assassination of President John F. Kennedy 50 years ago Friday. Read more»

Barber last November. The Democrat is expected to face a rematch next year with Republican Martha McSally, whom he beat narrowly for the 2nd District seat in 2012.

With a year until the next election, Democratic freshmen in three competitive Arizona congressional districts are continuing to stockpile cash for their re-election bids, according to the latest campaign finance reports. U.S. Reps. Ron Barber, Ann Kirkpatrick and Kyrsten Sinema each raised at least $280,000 between July 1 and Sept. 30. Read more»

Border Patrol agents and a CBP Field Operations Officer talk at a border crossing in San Ysidro, Calif.

The House voted on Thursday this week to fund Department of Homeland Security operations for fiscal 2014, the latest in a string of votes to reopen specific agencies in a strategy that Democrats deride as “cherry-picking” areas of the government. Read more»

Rep. Kyrsten Sinema, D-Phoenix, not only declared all her office staff essential so they could work during the government shutdown, she expanded office hours to deal with an expected influx of constituent calls.

Other parts of the government were shut down, but it was still a workday Tuesday for many Arizona congressional office staffers - even though there's no guarantee they will get paid. Some lawmakers brought in the whole office, others kept only a bare-bones staff. Read more»

Vinod Rajpal, a US Airways worker from Washington Reagan National Airport, cheers at a Washington rally by employees of US Airways and American Airlines in support of their airlines’ merger.

U.S. Airways and American Airlines workers from 30 states rallied on Capitol Hill Wednesday, urging Congress to block a Justice Department antitrust lawsuit against the planned merger of the two airlines. Read more»

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