In 1964, Goldwater, Jr., at the age of 30 ran for Congress and won not only that election but seven more, serving 14 years in Washington, D.C. He and his father, Barry Goldwater, Sr., were unique, representing one of the few instances in U.S. history when both father and son were serving in Congress at the same time. During his 14 years in Washington (1969-1984), Goldwater, Jr., served on a number of committees, and his areas of expertise included energy, the space program, aviation and defense, and government procurement.
Goldwater, Jr., retired from politics in 1983 and currently lives in Phoenix with his wife, Sylvia. For the past 23 years, Goldwater, Jr., has held positions involving finance and management, including eight years as a member of the New York Stock Exchange. His love of business is only surpassed by his humanitarian interests, which have landed him awards such as the Leadership Award from the President's Commission on Employment of the Handicapped and an Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.