Newly-elected Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.), who replaced former Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), plans to pick up where she left off by hosting a constituent event on Saturday similar to the one where Giffords was shot.
“This event is the first of many I will hold so that I can be accessible to all of my constituents throughout Southern Arizona,” Barber said in a press release. “I will not become isolated in Washington. My work at the Capitol will be influenced by what I hear and learn here in Arizona.”
Barber’s event will also be called a “Congress on your corner” event. His event will be at a Safeway grocery store, the same as Giffords's event.
Giffords symbolically finished her event a year later in January 2012, holding a private event in Tucson, Ariz., shortly before resigning her seat in Congress to focus on her recovery.
Barber, a former Giffords aide and Giffords’s choice to replace her, won the special election to fill Giffords’s seat until November’s election. He was officially sworn into office on Tuesday.