Matt SalmonMatt Salmon was elected to represent the constituents of Arizona's 5th Congressional District in November of 2012.

Having first been elected to Congress in 1994 and serving until 2000 when he stepped away to honor his term limit pledge, this is Matt's second stint serving the people of Arizona in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Currently, Matt serves on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and has been appointed Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere, a committee of particular importance to border states like Arizona. Matt is also proud to serve on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.

Born in Salt Lake City, Utah, Matt's family moved to Arizona where he attended public school in Mesa. Matt later graduated from Arizona State University with a Bachelor's degree in English literature and went on to earn a Master's degree in Public Administration from Brigham Young University.

After completing his education, Matt began his private sector career working as an executive for a major telecommunications firm in Arizona.

Matt's career as a public servant began in 1990, when he was elected to the Arizona State Senate, a position he held until 1994. During his tenure as a state senator, Matt served as Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the Rules Committee.

Despite having never before been to Washington, D.C., Matt was first elected to Congress in 1994.

As the only member of Congress to speak fluent Mandarin at the time, Matt led multiple U.S. delegations to China, one of which secured the release of a high-profile political prisoner, Song Yongyi.

Matt and Nancy SalmonDuring each of Matt's first six years in Congress, he was named a "Watchdog of the Treasury" and earned the "Taxpayer Hero" award from Citizens Against Government Waste.

Among Matt's many congressional accomplishments was the sponsoring and passing of "Aimee's Law", a measure that gave "No Second Chances" for rapists, molesters and murderers.

After honoring his term limit pledge and leaving Congress in 2001, Matt went back to the private sector where he experienced first-hand the obstacles many small business owners face when trying to grow their businesses. As Matt watched the size of our government and our national debt explode, and our individual freedoms shrink, he decided to once again run for Congress to help change the course of our nation.

In 2012, Arizona citizens voted to return Matt to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Since his return, Matt has been a leader in the fight to repeal Obamacare and replace it with a system that gives more affordable options to patients and puts them in charge of their healthcare – not government bureaucrats. Matt has also led the fight to cut government spending, reduce our national debt and restore our federal government to the basic roles set forth in our Constitution.

Matt is a lifetime member of the NRA with an A+ rating of supporting and defending 2nd Amendment rights. His 100% rating from the National Right to Life also makes Matt a proud advocate for our society's most innocent and vulnerable citizens, the unborn.

Matt has been married for 35 years to his best friend, Nancy. They are the proud parents of four children and the proud grandparents of six grandchildren.

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