|U.S. House, Arizona, District 5|
|January 3, 2013-Present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||2|
|Predecessor||David Schweikert (R)|
|Elections and appointments|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|United States House of Representatives|
|Arizona State Senate|
|Bachelor's||University of Arizona|
|Master's||Brigham Young University|
|Date of birth||January 21, 1958|
|Place of birth||Salt Lake City, Utah|
|Religion||Mormon/Latter Day Saints|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Personal
- 9 Recent news
- 10 External links
- 11 References
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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Salmon's professional and political career:
- 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
- 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."
2013 Farm Bill
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. The bill passed on a 216-208 vote, with no Democrats voting in favor. All but 12 Republicans supported the measure. The group consisted mostly of conservative lawmakers more concerned about spending than farm subsidies. Salmon was one of the 12 who voted against the measure.
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. 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.
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 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.
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.
|U.S. House, Arizona District 5 General Election, 2012|
|Source: Arizona Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"|
|U.S. House, Arizona District 5 Republican Primary, 2012|
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|
|Matt Salmon (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|April Quarterly||April 15, 2013||$87,012.62||$93,686.20||$(40,883.64)||$139,815.18|
|July Quarterly||July 15, 2013||$139,815.18||$164,867.94||$(61,350.78)||$243,332.34|
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. This is less than the average $1.5 million spent by House winners in 2012.
Cost per vote
Salmon spent $6.47 per vote received in 2012.
|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|
Ideology and leadership
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.
Salmon most often votes with:
Salmon least often votes with:
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.
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.
Salmon and his wife, Nancy, have four children.
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- Media coverage:
- 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
- Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Matt Salmon," Accessed June 12, 2013
- 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
- Washington Post, "Farm bill passes narrowly in House, without food stamp funding," accessed July 15, 2013
- USA Today, "House passes farm bill; strips out food-stamp program," accessed July 15, 2013
- Fox News, "House narrowly passes farm bill after Republicans carve out food stamps," accessed July 15, 2013
- Washington Post, "Which Republicans voted against the Farm Bill?," accessed July 15, 2013
- Politico, "Farm bill 2013: House narrowly passes pared-back version," accessed July 15, 2013
- 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
- Federal Election Commission "Matt Salmon Summary Report," Accessed July 22, 2013
- 'Federal Election Commission "Matt Salmon April Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
- 'Federal Election Commission "Matt Salmon July Quarterly," Accessed July 22, 2013
- Open Secrets "Matt Salmon 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 19, 2013
- Open Secrets, "Election 2012: The Big Picture Shows Record Cost of Winning a Seat in Congress," June 19, 2013
- Gov Track "Matt Salmon," Accessed June 4, 2013
- OpenCongress, "Matt Salmon," Accessed July 30, 2013
- GovTrack, "Matt Salmon," Accessed April 2, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org, "Salmon, (R-Arizona), 2011"
- OpenCongress "Voting With Party," Accessed June 4, 2013
- Project Vote Smart biography
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