MEET ELISSA

I’m running to fight for you!

Serving mid-Michigan in Congress is the most important thing I’ve ever done. Since winning election in 2018, I’ve worked to defend and expand the middle class—but our work is just beginning.

I’m running for re-election in 2022 in Michigan’s newly formed 7th district because I want to build the next generation of cars and chips here in the U.S.; lower the cost of prescription drugs; fight for the Roe standard to preserve women’s personal freedom; and prevent corporate money from warping the political process.

I’m a third-generation Michigander. I grew up on my family farm in Holly, Michigan. My family story is one of hard work and sacrifice, starting with my great-grandfather. He arrived on Ellis Island and achieved the American Dream by founding the family meat business, Hygrade Foods, which established its headquarters in Detroit in 1949. Hygrade created a number of food staples beloved by Michiganders, including the famous Ballpark Frank, first sold at Tiger Stadium. The values of hard work, decency, and integrity that underpinned his success were passed down from generation to generation, ultimately guiding me into a life of service.

I’ve been fortunate that I get to spend my career serving the country I love. I happened to be in New York when the Twin Towers were attacked, and by the time the dust cleared, I knew I wanted to go into national security. I was recruited by the CIA to serve as a Middle East analyst. Within a year, I was sent to serve the first of three tours in Iraq alongside the military.

I’ve been fortunate that I get to spend my career serving the country I love. I happened to be in New York when the Twin Towers were attacked, and by the time the dust cleared, I knew I wanted to go into national security. I was recruited by the CIA to serve as a Middle East analyst. Within a year, I was sent to serve the first of three tours in Iraq alongside the military.

My tours in a combat zone led to national security roles at the White House under both President Bush and President Obama. I worked for President Bush as a member of his national security staff and was asked to stay on when President Obama took office. I took on a series of leadership roles at the Defense Department, and until January 2017, I oversaw defense policy for Africa, the Middle East, and Europe at the Pentagon as the acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs. There, I negotiated some of the Pentagon’s most sensitive national security matters from the fight against ISIS to elissa slotkin with familythe U.S. response to Russian aggression. No matter the issue, it was the values I learned growing up in Michigan – a straightforward, common-sense approach – that helped me succeed as a national security leader.

But the reason I decided to run for Congress for the first time was more personal: my mom. My mother died of ovarian cancer in 2011. She struggled to afford healthcare for years because of a pre-existing condition. The same month that we got her terminal diagnosis, we filled out the paperwork for her to declare bankruptcy. Protections for people with pre-existing conditions and the exorbitant price of healthcare and prescription drugs got me in this race and remain a huge focus for me.

I’m fortunate to share my values and love for public service with my husband Dave, who retired as a U.S. Army Colonel after 30 years of service. Dave served as an Apache helicopter pilot and served two tours during Operation Iraqi Freedom, and we met in Baghdad on his second tour. In Dave, I not only gained a partner but two amazing step-daughters as well, both of whom have started their own lives of service: one as a U.S. Army officer and the other as a physician who serves at a VA hospital.

Throughout my career, I’ve worked for both Republican and Democratic leaders who put the good of our country over politics. I’m proud to do the same for the people of Michigan’s new 7th District. If you come to the table ready to negotiate and willing to work, I’ll work with you, because I think mid-Michigan is looking for a principled leader, not an ideologue. That’s why I’m ranked as the most bipartisan member of Michigan’s congressional delegation and the 9th-most of the entire U.S. House—because I know that working across the aisle is how you get things done.

I have spent my time in Congress working on the issues that I hear about most from people across our district: bringing down the skyrocketing cost of prescription drugs, bringing critical supply chains back to the U.S., supporting our veterans, and getting money out of politics. You can read more about my work here:

I want our 2022 campaign to reflect what we’ve learned from 2018 and 2020. We’ll be visiting voters in all parts of the 7th District: in Ingham, Livingston, Eaton, Clinton, and Shiawassee Counties as well as Milford and South Lyon in Oakland County and a portion of Argentine Township in Genesee County. I believe in making myself as available and accessible as possible, and I hope to see you at public events across the district.  

One of the things I’ve most enjoyed about campaigning and representing our district is getting to meet and work with so many dedicated, passionate volunteers and local leaders. We won’t be able to win this without your support, and I look forward to taking on this challenge with you.

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ELISSA SLOTKIN SERVED IN THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY AND THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE. USE OF HER JOB TITLES AND PHOTOGRAPHS DURING SERVICE DO NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT BY THE CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE AGENCY OR THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE.
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