Matt Salmon (R-AZ-5)i

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Matt Salmon, Congressman Arizona District 5

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Matthew James “Matt” Salmon

Matt Salmon 2016 Congressional Candidate Arizona District 5


Biography of Matt Salmon from

[2014 Bio] Matt Salmon was elected to the United States Congress on November 6, 2012 to represent the people of Arizona’s 5th Congressional District. Matt was appointed by his peers to serve on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He also serves on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.


Matt attended public school in Mesa, Arizona and graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature and an MPA from Brigham Young University.


After completing his education, Matt spent thirteen years in the telecommunications industry in Arizona. In his early career, Matt learned invaluable lessons regarding the effect of government regulation on private enterprise. With the ever increasing expansion of government and burdensome tax rates on American citizens and small businesses, Matt was called to begin a life of public service.


In 1990, Matt was elected to the Arizona State Senate, where he served from 1991 until 1995. During this time, he served as Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the Rules Committee.


In 1994, Matt was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served three terms. As the only Member of Congress fluent in Mandarin, along with his position on the International Relations Committee, Matt led multiple U.S. delegations to China, one of which secured the release of political prisoner Song Yongyi. During his service, Matt was named a “Watchdog of the Treasury” for six consecutive years and earned the “Taxpayer Hero” award from Citizens Against Government Waste. In 2000, Matt remained faithful to a self-imposed term limit pledge and retired his seat.


After the passage of the Affordable Healthcare Act and the expansion of government regulation during an economic crisis, Matt again answered the call to serve. In 2012, Arizona reelected him to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Matt wants to ensure the voices of all Arizonans are heard and looks forward to advancing pro-business policies, cutting government waste and balancing the federal budget once again.


Matt has spent the last 34 years happily married to his best friend, Nancy. They are the proud parents of four children and the proud grandparents of six grandchildren.


Biography of Matt Salmon from Matt Salmon for Congress

[2012 Bio] Matt Salmon was first elected to the United States Congress in 1994 and served until 2000, honoring his term limit pledge. A proud fiscal conservative, Salmon played a pivotal role in balancing the first federal budget in a Generation, and was rated in the top five among all 535 members of the House and Senate by Citizen’s Against Government Waste for all six years he served in office.


During his time in Congress, Salmon was named a “Watchdog of the Treasury” six consecutive years and earned the “Taxpayer Hero Award” from the Council for Citizens Against Government Waste.  Salmon’s record of supporting pro-business policies earned him the Spirit of Enterprise Award from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce for each of the six years he served. Salmon was also honored as a “Friend of Small Business” from the National Federation of Independent Business for six consecutive years.


Among Salmon’s many Congressional accomplishments was the sponsoring of “Aimee’s Law,” a measure that gave “No Second Chances” for rapists, molesters and murderers. “Aimee’s Law” received widespread support by a large number of organizations and victims’ rights groups including the National Fraternal Order of Police, Law Enforcement Alliance of America, Kids Safe, Justice for All, National Association of Crime Victims’ Rights, and the Women’s Coalition.


Salmon was also the recipient of the American Cancer Society’s “Top National Elected Official” award.


While in Congress, Salmon led several U.S. Congressional delegations to China to improve trade relations and bilateral relationships. He was the only member of the U.S. Congress in America’s history to speak fluent Mandarin Chinese. In 2000, Salmon was instrumental in obtaining the release of U.S. based academic researcher Song Yongyi who was being held in China on spying charges.


Salmon began his career in public service as an Arizona State Senator, a position in which he served from 1991 to 1995. While in the Arizona Senate, he served as the Assistant Majority Leader and chaired the Rules Committee.


Before serving as a State Senator, Salmon worked thirteen years as a telecommunications executive in Arizona. Salmon earned a Bachelor’s Degree from Arizona State University and a Master’s in Public Administration from Brigham Young University. He is a proud graduate of Mesa High School in Mesa, Arizona.


Salmon is a lifetime member of the NRA with an A+ rating of supporting 2nd Amendment rights. He also earned a 100% rating by the National Right to Life.


Matt Salmon has been married for 32 years to his best friend, Nancy. They are the proud parents of four children and the proud grandparents of four grandchildren.


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