Gabby Giffords Staffer Wins Her House Seat Ron Barber was wounded in the 2011 shooting spree By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Nov 17, 2012 12:22 PM CST 14 comments Comments Ron Barber celebrates with Gabby Giffords in June after winning a special election to serve out her term. He has just won a full term. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin, pool) (Newser) – The man handpicked by Gabby Giffords to take her House seat has prevailed by a razor-thin margin, reports the AP via the Huffington Post. Ron Barber, a Giffords aide who was wounded in the leg and cheek in the 2011 Tucson shooting spree, defeated Republican Martha McSally. Barber has been in the Arizona seat since June after winning a special election to serve out Giffords' term, but his bid for a full term had been too close to call until today. Last night, he led by about 1,400 votes out of some 285,000 cast.