Elissa Blair Slotkin (born July 10, 1976) is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Michigan's 8th congressional district since 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, she previously served as a Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) analyst and Department of Defense official. Her district is based in Lansing, and stretches into the outer northern and western suburbs of Detroit.
|Member of the U.S. House of Representatives|
from Michigan's 8th district
|Assumed office |
January 3, 2019
|Preceded by||Mike Bishop|
|Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs|
November 14, 2014 – January 20, 2017
|Preceded by||Derek Chollet|
|Succeeded by||Kenneth Handelman (Acting)|
Elissa Blair Slotkin
July 10, 1976
New York City, New York, U.S.
|Residence||Holly, Michigan, U.S.|
|Education||Cornell University (BA)|
Columbia University (MIA)
|Awards||Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service|
Early life and educationEdit
Slotkin was born on July 10, 1976, in New York City, the daughter of Curt Slotkin and Judith (née Spitz) Slotkin. She is Jewish. Slotkin spent her early life on a farm in Holly, Michigan. She attended Cranbrook Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills. Her family farm was part of Hygrade Meat Company, founded by her grandfather, Hugo Slotkin. Hygrade is the original company behind Ball Park Franks, a brand now owned by Tyson Foods.
Slotkin received a BA in sociology from Cornell University (1998) and an MIA from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (2003).
Slotkin was recruited into the Central Intelligence Agency after graduate school. Fluent in Arabic and Swahili, she served three tours in Iraq as a CIA analyst. During the George W. Bush administration, she worked on the Iraq portfolio for the National Security Council. During Barack Obama's presidency, she worked for the State Department and the Department of Defense. Slotkin was acting assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs from 2015 to 2017.
After leaving the Defense Department in January 2017, Slotkin moved back to her family's farm in Holly, where she owned and operated Pinpoint Consulting. Since 2019, she has served on the Transatlantic Task Force of the German Marshall Fund and the Bundeskanzler-Helmut-Schmidt-Stiftung.
U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit
In July 2017, Slotkin announced her candidacy for Michigan's 8th congressional district. She said she was motivated to challenge two-term Republican incumbent Mike Bishop when she saw him smile at a White House celebration after he and House Republicans voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act. On August 7, she defeated Michigan State University criminal justice professor Christopher Smith in the Democratic primary, with 70.7% of the vote.
In November 2018, Slotkin defeated Bishop with 50.6% of the vote. She is the first Democrat to represent Michigan's 8th district since 2001, when Debbie Stabenow gave up the seat run for the U. S. Senate.
In September 2019, Slotkin and six other freshman House Democrats authored an opinion piece in The Washington Post calling for an impeachment inquiry into President Donald Trump. Its publication led to widespread Democratic support for an impeachment inquiry. Slotkin voted for Trump's first and second impeachments.
Slotkin was the main sponsor of the 2020 Iran War Powers Resolution, which passed 224–194.
- Committee on Armed Services
- Committee on Homeland Security
Slotkin supports the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare). During her 2020 campaign, she described the protection of health care coverage for individuals with preexisting conditions as the most important issue for her district. She supports allowing Medicare to negotiate lower drug prices for those insured by Medicare.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Slotkin supported the bipartisan CARES Act relief package, which passed Congress in March 2020. She also voted in May 2020 to support the Heroes Act, a $3 trillion stimulus package that the Republican-led Senate did not take up.
|Democratic||Elissa Slotkin (incumbent)||217,929||50.9|
|Democratic||Christopher E. Smith||23,996||29.3|
|Republican||Mike Bishop (incumbent)||159,782||46.8|
|Democratic gain from Republican|
Slotkin's husband, Dave Moore, retired as an Army colonel and Apache helicopter pilot. They met in Baghdad during the Iraq War and reside in Holly. Slotkin has two stepdaughters, one an Army officer and the other a physician.
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- "Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress". Biographical Directory of the U.S. Congress. Archived from the original on August 8, 2020. Retrieved April 9, 2020.
- "Candidate Conversation - Elissa Slotkin (D)". Inside Elections. Archived from the original on November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
- "Judith Slotkin loses life to cancer". Archived from the original on April 4, 2019. Retrieved April 4, 2019.
- "These Jewish women are running for office because of Trump". The Times of Israel. August 10, 2017. Archived from the original on April 16, 2019. Retrieved April 18, 2019.
- "Elissa Slotkin Is Sounding the Alarm. Will Democrats Listen?". politico. Archived from the original on July 17, 2020. Retrieved July 17, 2020.
- Wasserman, David (August 4, 2017). "House: Can Democrats Dodge the Carpetbagger Label in 2018?". The Cook Political Report. Retrieved March 19, 2021.
- Howard, Phoebe Wall (November 9, 2018). "Why Elissa Slotkin took heat from angry Democrats during her campaign". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved March 19, 2021.
- Melinn, Kyle (May 3, 2018). "Yes, a Democrat could be our next member of Congress. Her name is Elissa Slotkin. Her game is beating Mike Bishop". City Pulse. Lansing, MI. Archived from the original on January 6, 2019. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
- The German Marshall Fund and Bundeskanzler-Helmut-Schmidt-Stiftung Launch “Transatlantic Task Force” Setting Path Forward for U.S.-Europe Relations Archived December 14, 2019, at the Wayback Machine German Marshall Fund, press release of December 12, 2019.
- "Former U.S. Defense official Elissa Slotkin announces Congressional run". MLive.com. Archived from the original on November 20, 2018. Retrieved November 20, 2018.
- "Democrat Elissa Slotkin tells of mother's ovarian cancer in new ad". CBS News. Archived from the original on October 24, 2018. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
- "Michigan Primary Election Results". The New York Times. September 24, 2018. Archived from the original on January 11, 2019. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
- Spangler, Todd; Howard, Phoebe Wall; Anderson, Elisha (November 7, 2018). "Elissa Slotkin wins Michigan Congress seat, Mike Bishop concedes". Detroit Free Press. Archived from the original on September 23, 2020. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
- Pathé, Simone (December 16, 2019). "Facing pro-Trump chants, Elissa Slotkin explains support for impeachment". Roll Call. Retrieved March 19, 2021.
- Stolberg, Sheryl Gay (December 16, 2019). "Slotkin, Backing Impeachment, Draws Instant Protests, and Applause". The New York Times. Retrieved March 19, 2021.
- These Republicans voted yes on the War Powers resolution Archived January 10, 2020, at the Wayback Machine By Clare Foran, Haley Byrd, Holmes Lybrand, & Caroline Kelly, CNN, January 10, 2020
- FOX 47 News (January 15, 2019). "Rep. Elissa Slotkin Appointed to House Armed Services Committee". Fox47. Archived from the original on January 19, 2019. Retrieved January 18, 2019.
- Thompson, Bennie. "Chairman Thompson Announces Homeland Security Committee Democratic Members". U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security. Archived from the original on January 31, 2019. Retrieved January 31, 2019.
- "Members". New Democrat Coalition. Archived from the original on February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
- "Featured Members". Problem Solvers Caucus. Retrieved March 28, 2021.
- Alberta, Tim. "Elissa Slotkin Braces for a Democratic Civil War". POLITICO. Retrieved November 13, 2020.
- Scott, Tyler. "Partisanship, coronavirus spending, health care dominate Slotkin-Junge debate". www.michiganradio.org. Archived from the original on September 24, 2020. Retrieved September 27, 2020.
- "U.S. Rep. Elissa Slotkin faces challenge from Paul Junge in Michigan's 8th Congressional District". mlive. September 26, 2020. Archived from the original on September 27, 2020. Retrieved September 27, 2020.
- "Michigan Election Results: Eighth Congressional District". January 5, 2021 – via NYTimes.com.
- Lessenberry, Jack (April 25, 2018). "Hot dogs, the CIA, and Congress". Metro Times. Detroit, MI. Archived from the original on January 13, 2019. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
- Cavitt, Mark (October 22, 2018). "ELECTION 2018: Elissa Slotkin Q&A". The Oakland Press. Pontiac, MI. Archived from the original on January 12, 2019. Retrieved January 12, 2019.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Elissa Slotkin.|
- Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin official U.S. House website
- Elissa Slotkin for Congress campaign website
- Biography at the Biographical Directory of the United States Congress
- Profile at Vote Smart
- Financial information (federal office) at the Federal Election Commission
- Legislation sponsored at the Library of Congress
- Appearances on C-SPAN
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| Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 8th congressional district
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