Matt Salmon

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Matt Salmon
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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 is a Republican member of the U.S. House, representing the 5th Congressional District of Arizona, having won 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 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]


  • 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)

Committee Assignments

U.S. House


Salmon serves on the following committees:[5][6]


Campaign themes


Salmon's campaign website listed the following issues:[7]

  • 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.[8]



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

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.[9][10][11]

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.[12]

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


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.[13]


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.[14]

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.[15]

Net worth

See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - 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.[16]

Voting with party


The website Open Congress 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.[17]


Salmon and his wife, Nancy, have four children.[18]

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Preceded by
David Schweikert
U.S. House, Arizona, District 5
January 3, 2013-Present
Succeeded by