U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, D-Ariz., missed 16 House votes last week when she says she had to be in Arizona for an undisclosed personal obligation.

The Arizona Republic reported that the congresswoman from the state's 1st District says she stayed in close contact with House leaders about whether her vote was needed.

The votes that Kirkpatrick missed included some on the Hurricane Sandy relief bill that passed the House overwhelmingly.

Arizona's four other Democrats in the House voted for the relief bill while the state's four Republican representatives voted against it.

Kirkpatrick says she met with constituents and toured a fire site and the site of a proposed mine during some of the time she was gone from Washington.