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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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00006446&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Salmon, (R-Arizona), 2011"]</ref>
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by ''OpenSecrets.org'', 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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/pfds/CIDsummary.php?CID=N00006446&year=2011 ''OpenSecrets.org'', "Salmon, (R-Arizona), 2011"]</ref>
===Voting with party===
===Voting with party===

Revision as of 11:55, 20 August 2013

Matt Salmon
Matt Salmon.jpg
U.S. House, Arizona, District 5
In office
January 3, 2013-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorDavid Schweikert (R)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,272,757
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
United States House of Representatives
Arizona State Senate
Bachelor'sUniversity of Arizona
Master'sBrigham Young University
Date of birthJanuary 21, 1958
Place of birthSalt Lake City, Utah
Net worth$168,001
ReligionMormon/Latter Day Saints
Office website
Campaign website
Matt Salmon (b. January 21, 1958 in Salt Lake City, Utah) is a Republican member of the U.S. House, representing the 5th Congressional District of Arizona. Salmon was first elected in 2012. 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.[1]

Salmon is one of nine individuals-seven Democrats and two Republicans-elected to the U.S. House in 2012 who have prior congressional experience.[2][3]

Salmon began his political career by serving in the Arizona State Senate from 1900 to 1994. He then served in the U.S. House from 1994 to 2000.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Salmon is a more moderate right of center Republican Party vote. As a result, he may break with the Republican Party line more than his fellow members.


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.[4]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Salmon's professional and political career:[5]

  • 1981-1994: Public Affairs Manager for telecommunications company US West
  • 1990-1994: Arizona State Senate
  • 1994-2000: U.S. House of Representatives
  • 2003-present: President of the Upstream Consulting
  • 2004-2007: Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party
  • 2005-2007: Lobbyist for Greenberg Traurig
  • 2008-2009: President of COMPTEL
  • 2013-present: U.S House of Representatives

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Salmon serves on the following committees:[6][7]


Campaign themes


Salmon's campaign website listed the following issues:[8]

  • 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."

Specific votes

2013 Farm Bill

Nay3.png In July 2013 the Republican controlled House narrowly passed a scaled-back version of the farm bill after stripping out the popular food-stamp program.[9][10] The bill passed on a 216-208 vote, with no Democrats voting in favor.[11] All but 12 Republicans supported the measure.[12] The group consisted mostly of conservative lawmakers more concerned about spending than farm subsidies.[12][13] Salmon was one of the 12 who voted against the measure.[12]

The farm bill historically has included both billions in farm subsidies and billions in food stamps. Including both of the two massive programs has in the past helped win support from rural-state lawmakers and those representing big cities.[11] After the bill failed in the House in June 2013 amid opposition from rank-and-file Republicans, House leaders removed the food stamp portion in a bid to attract conservative support.[11]

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.[14]



See also: Arizona's 5th congressional district elections, 2014

Salmon is set to run for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. If he runs, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on August 26, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Arizona's 5th congressional district elections, 2012

Salmon won election 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.[15][16][17]

U.S. House, Arizona District 5 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Salmon 67.2% 183,470
     Democratic Spencer Morgan 32.8% 89,589
Total Votes 273,059
Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

U.S. House, Arizona District 5 Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Salmon 51.8% 41,076
Kirk Adams 48.2% 38,152
Total Votes 79,228

Campaign donors

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.[18]

Matt Salmon's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Arizona, District 5) Won $1,272,757
Grand Total Raised $1,272,757


Candidates for Congress are required to file reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Salmon's reports.[19]

Matt Salmon (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[20]April 15, 2013$87,012.62$93,686.20$(40,883.64)$139,815.18
July Quarterly[21]July 15, 2013$139,815.18$164,867.94$(61,350.78)$243,332.34
Running totals


Breakdown of the source of Salmon's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Salmon won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Salmon's campaign committee raised a total of $1,272,757 and spent $1,186,744.[22] This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.[23]

Cost per vote

Salmon spent $6.47 per vote received in 2012.


Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Salmon is a "centrist Republican follower" as of June 4, 2013.[24]

Like-minded colleagues

The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[25]

Salmon most often votes with:

Salmon least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[26]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, 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.[27]

Voting with party


The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Salmon has voted with the Republican Party 93.7% of the time. This ranked 197th among the 233 House Republicans as of June 2013.[28]


Salmon and his wife, Nancy, have four children.[29]

Recent news

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External links

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  1. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Arizona," November 7, 2012
  2. The New York Times, "Election brings seasoned politicians to congress," December 8, 2012
  3. The Washington Post, "Political comeback kids to take seats again in the House," November 18, 2012
  4. National Journal, "Matt Salmon, Arizona 5th District," November 7, 2012
  5. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Matt Salmon," Accessed June 12, 2013
  6. CQ.com - Roll Call, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress," accessed January 18, 2013
  7. U.S. Representative Matt Salmon Arizona's 5th District, "Committee Assignments," accessed January 18, 2013
  8. Campaign website, Issues
  9. Washington Post, "Farm bill passes narrowly in House, without food stamp funding," accessed July 15, 2013
  10. USA Today, "House passes farm bill; strips out food-stamp program," accessed July 15, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Fox News, "House narrowly passes farm bill after Republicans carve out food stamps," accessed July 15, 2013
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Washington Post, "Which Republicans voted against the Farm Bill?," accessed July 15, 2013
  13. Politico, "Farm bill 2013: House narrowly passes pared-back version," accessed July 15, 2013
  14. RedState, "Fight Club," March 6, 2013
  15. ABC News, "General Election Results 2012-Arizona," November 7, 2012
  16. Official primary candidate list
  17. Associated Press primary results
  18. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Matt Salmon," Accessed March 22, 2013
  19. Federal Election Commission "Matt Salmon Summary Report," Accessed July 22, 2013
  20. 'Federal Election Commission "Matt Salmon April Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  21. 'Federal Election Commission "Matt Salmon July Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
  22. Open Secrets "Matt Salmon 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
  23. Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
  24. Gov Track "Matt Salmon," Accessed June 4, 2013
  25. OpenCongress, "Matt Salmon," Accessed July 30, 2013
  26. GovTrack, "Matt Salmon," Accessed April 2, 2013
  27. OpenSecrets.org, "Salmon, (R-Arizona), 2011"
  28. OpenCongress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
  29. Project Vote Smart biography
Political offices
Preceded by
David Schweikert
U.S. House, Arizona, District 5
January 3, 2013-Present
Succeeded by