|U.S. House, Arizona, District 5|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||0|
|Predecessor||David Schweikert (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next election||November 4, 2014|
|United States House of Representatives|
|Arizona State Senate|
|Bachelor's||University of Arizona|
|Master's||Brigham Young University|
|Birthday||January 21, 1958|
|Place of birth||Salt Lake City, Utah|
|Religion||Mormon/Latter Day Saints|
Salmon is a Salt Lake City, Utah native, although his father's job at Mountain Bell Telephone took the family through New Mexico, and eventually, Arizona. When Salmon graduated from his high school in Mesa, he was president of the student body. After high school, Salmon spent two years on a Mormon mission in Taiwan. While in Taiwan, Salmon learned to speak Mandarin. Upon his return to the United States, Salmon enrolled at Arizona State University. He received his bachelor's degree in 1981, and his M.P.A. from Brigham Young University in 1986.
- Public Affairs Manager for telecommunications company US West (1981-1994)
- Arizona State Senate (1990-1994)
- U.S. House of Representatives (1994-2000)
- President of the Upstream Consulting (2003-present)
- Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party (2004-2007)
- Lobbyist for Greenberg Traurig (2005-2007)
- President of COMPTEL (2008-2009)
- Foreign Affairs Committee
- Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere, Chair
- Subcommittee on Asia and the Pacific
- Education and the Workforce Committee
- Subcommittee on Health, Employment, Labor and Pensions
- Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training
Salmon's campaign website listed the following issues:
- Fiscal Responsibility
- Excerpt: "America's economy is facing daunting challenges. For over a decade, Washington politicians have failed to live within their means, turning a budget surplus of over $230 billion into a $1.6 trillion deficit."
- Growth & Prosperity
- Excerpt: "For too long, Washington politicians have stymied economic growth with policies that have increased taxes and regulation on businesses and job creators. These policies have resulted in a national debt that is now over $15 trillion, an unemployment rate that remains above 9% and damaging levels of uncertainty within our financial
- Securing Our Borders
- Excerpt: "It is the duty of our federal government to protect and secure our national borders. Yet, as the constant threat of terrorism and increased drug cartel violence intensifies, millions of unidentified persons continue to cross our borders illegally, posing grave risks to the sovereignty of the United States and the security of its people."
- Health Care Reform
- Excerpt: "As our deficit and national debt figures continue to explode at alarming rates, so too do health care costs. Despite having some of the finest physicians, hospitals and medical centers in the world, America remains a nation with too many of its citizens unable to access affordable health care or who choose to forgo health
insurance all together."
- Educating Our Future
- Excerpt: "In a world where global economic competition is rapidly increasing, providing a top-level education for our children is more vital than ever. However, despite spending more money on education than any other nation in the world, America's public school system does not perform at the top of global education rankings."
Conservative Fight Club
According to the conservative website RedState, Salmon is one of 16 U.S. House members in the "Conservative Fight Club", a designation meant to describe the gold standard of conservatives, as outlined by RedState. They are the 16 Republicans who voted against the continuing appropriations resolution to avoid the impending government shutdown in March. This type of resolution is used to fund government agencies when a formal federal budget has not been approved.
Salmon ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Arizona's 5th District. He defeated Kirk Adams in the Republican primary on August 28, 2012. He then overtook Morgan Spencer (D) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
|U.S. House, Arizona, District 5 General Election, 2012|
|Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
Comprehensive donor information for Salmon is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Salmon raised a total of $1,272,757 during that time period. This information was last updated on March 22, 2013.
|Matt Salmon's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Arizona, District 5)||$1,272,757|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,272,757|
|U.S. House, Arizona District 5, 2012 - Matt Salmon Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||No records available|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||No records available|
|Top contributors to Matt Salmon's campaign committee|
|Pinnacle West Capital||$23,825|
|Greenberg Traurig LLP||$15,753|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Oil & Gas||$39,639|
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Salmon missed 141 of 3,830 roll call votes from January 1995 to March 2013. This amounts to 3.7%, which is worse than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Salmon's net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $16,005 and $319,997. That averages to $168,001, which is lower than the average net worth of Republican Representatives in 2011 of $7,859,232.
Salmon and his wife, Nancy, have four children.
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- ↑ ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Arizona," November 7, 2012
- ↑ The New York Times, "Election brings seasoned politicians to congress," December 8, 2012
- ↑ The Washington Post, "Political comeback kids to take seats again in the House," November 18, 2012
- ↑ National Journal, "Matt Salmon, Arizona 5th District," November 7, 2012
- ↑ CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
- ↑ U.S. Representative Matt Salmon Arizona's 5th District, "Committee Assignments," accessed January 18, 2013
- ↑ Campaign website, Issues
- ↑ RedState, "Fight Club," March 6, 2013
- ↑ ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Arizona," November 7, 2012
- ↑ Official primary candidate list
- ↑ Associated Press primary results
- ↑ Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Matt Salmon," Accessed March 22, 2013
- ↑ Open Secrets "Matt Salmon 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
- ↑ GovTrack, "Matt Salmon," Accessed April 2, 2013
- ↑ OpenSecrets.org, "Salmon, (R-Arizona), 2011"
- ↑ Project Vote Smart biography
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