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Elissa Blair Slotkin (born July 10, 1976) is an American government official and politician. A former CIA analyst and Department of Defense official, in 2018 she was the successful Democratic Party nominee for United States Representative from Michigan's 8th congressional district.[1]

Elissa Slotkin
Elissa Slotkin, official portrait, 116th Congress.jpg
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 8th district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byMike Bishop
Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs
In office
November 14, 2014 – January 20, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byDerek Chollet
Succeeded byKenneth Handelman (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1976-07-10) July 10, 1976 (age 42)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)David Moore
Children2
EducationCornell University (BA)
Columbia University (MIA)
AwardsSecretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service
WebsiteHouse website
Elissa Slotkin, the acting assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs (left), presents a gift to Lt. Gen. Paulo Tkachuk, National Army Academy commander (right) Nov. 6, 2015, during her visit to observe the closing ceremony and ending of Fearless Guardian at the International Peacekeeping and Security Cooperation Center near Yavoriv, Ukraine. Mrs. Slotkin visited the base to observe the last day of training for the Ukrainian national guard and attended the exercise's closing ceremony. (U.S. Army photo by Staff Sgt. Adriana Diaz-Brown, 10th Press Camp Headquarters)

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Early life and educationEdit

Slotkin was born in 1976 in New York City, the daughter of Judith (Spitz) Slotkin. She is Jewish.[2][3][4][5] Slotkin spent her early life on a farm in Holly, roughly halfway between Flint and Detroit. She attended Cranbrook Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills.

She received a B.A. from Cornell University (1998) and an M.I.A. from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (2003).[6] In 2001, she completed a course in the Arabic language at The American University in Cairo.[6]

Her early employment included: community organizer for Roca, Incorporated (1998-2000) and Swahili language translator for Harbor Area Early Childhood (1999-2000), both in Massachusetts; grant writer at Isha L'Isha (meaning 'Women to Women' in Hebrew) (2000-2001), and intern at the U.S. Department of State (2002).[6]

CareerEdit

 
Slotkin while serving in the Obama administration

Slotkin's professional experience included working for the Central Intelligence Agency as a political analyst (2003-2004) and intelligence briefer (2004-2005).[6] From 2005 to 2006 she was a senior assistant on the staff of the Director of National Intelligence.[6] She was the leader of a CIA assessment team in Iraq from 2006 to 2007, and the National Security Council staff's director for Iraq policy from 2007 to 2009.[6]

From 2009 to 2011, Slotkin was a senior advisor on Iraq policy at the U.S. State Department, and in 2011 she joined the staff of the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy as an advisor on Middle East policy.[6] In 2012, Slotkin became chief of staff for the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy, and later that year she was appointed Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Policy.[6] Slotkin was appointed Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy in 2013, and in 2014 she was appointed as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs.[6] From 2015 to 2017, Slotkin was acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs.[6]

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.[7]

U.S. House of RepresentativesEdit

In July 2017, Slotkin announced her candidacy for the 8th District.[8] The district is based in the state capital of Lansing, and stretches into the outer northern suburbs of Detroit. She has stated that she was motivated to challenge two-term Republican incumbent Mike Bishop when she saw him smile at a White House celebration after he and the Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.[9] She faced Michigan State University criminal justice professor Christopher Smith in the Democratic primary. On August 7, she defeated Smith, receiving 70.7% of the votes.[10]

In November 2018, Slotkin defeated Bishop[1] with 50.6% of the vote.[11] She is the first Democrat to represent this district since 2001.[11] Her victory, and that of Haley Stevens in the neighboring 11th District means that there are no Republicans representing Oakland County in the House for the first time since the 1930s.[12]

Committee assignmentsEdit

Caucus membershipsEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Her husband Dave Moore retired as an Army colonel and Apache helicopter pilot.[15] They met in Baghdad during the Iraq War, and reside in Holly.[15] Slotkin has two stepdaughters, one an Army officer, and the other a physician.[16]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Democratic ex-CIA analyst Elissa Slotkin defeats Republican Rep. Mike Bishop to claim a Michigan congressional seat". Associated Press. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  2. ^ "Candidate Conversation - Elissa Slotkin (D) | News & Analysis | Inside Elections". www.insideelections.com. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  3. ^ https://pridesource.com/article/45926/
  4. ^ https://mobile.twitter.com/i/web/status/1004378673875685377
  5. ^ - These Jewish women are running for office because of Trump | News & Analysis | https://www.timesofisrael.com/these-jewish-women-are-running-for-office-because-of-trump/ - These Jewish women are running for office because of Trump | News & Analysis | Check |url= value (help). Retrieved 2019-04-18. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  6. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "Biography, Elissa Slotkin". Votesmart.org. Des Moines, IA: Vote Smart. 2018. Retrieved January 6, 2019.
  7. ^ 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.
  8. ^ "Former U.S. Defense official Elissa Slotkin announces Congressional run". MLive.com. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  9. ^ "Democrat Elissa Slotkin tells of mother's ovarian cancer in new ad". Retrieved 2018-10-24.
  10. ^ "Michigan Primary Election Results". The New York Times. New York, NY. September 24, 2018.
  11. ^ a b Spangler, Todd; Howard, Phoebe Wall; Anderson, Elisha (November 7, 2018). "Elissa Slotkin wins Michigan Congress seat, Mike Bishop concedes". Detroit Free Press. Detroit, MI.
  12. ^ Laitner, Bill (November 8, 2018). "Republican and Patterson's hold on Oakland County may be at an end". Detroit Free Press. All four congressional districts with a footprint in Oakland County will be held by Democrats come Jan. 1, with both the 8th District and the 11th District flipping from Republican on Tuesday.
  13. ^ FOX 47 News (January 15, 2019). "Rep. Elissa Slotkin Appointed to House Armed Services Committee". Fox47.
  14. ^ Thompson, Bennie. "Chairman Thompson Announces Homeland Security Committee Democratic Members". U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security. Retrieved 31 January 2019.
  15. ^ a b Lessenberry, Jack (April 25, 2018). "Hot dogs, the CIA, and Congress". Metro Times. Detroit, MI.
  16. ^ Cavitt, Mark (October 22, 2018). "ELECTION 2018: Elissa Slotkin Q&A". The Oakland Press. Pontiac, MI.

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