Maria Elvira Salazar 1Maria Elvira Salazar – FL27

Current Position: US Representative of FL 27th District since 2021
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2022 US Representative for District 27
Former Position: Journalist and author from 1983 – 2020

Other positions:
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Contracting & Infrastructure

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Thank you to all of my @HouseGOP friends & colleagues who stand with the freedom-loving people of #Cuba in their fight against the savage Castro dictatorship!

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Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar: “This Is the Beginning of the End’ for Cuba’s Communist Regime”

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EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar and a dozen Republican lawmakers are set to launch a plan that would provide access to wireless communications abroad to ensure individuals can use cellular devices amidst natural disasters or when “rogue regimes” shut down internet access.

Salazar, R-Fla., is expected to roll out the “American Freedom and Internet Access Act of 2021” on Tuesday—also known as “Operation Starfall.”

Fox News obtained a copy of the legislation, which would deploy stratospheric balloons, aerostats, or satellite technology capable of rapidly delivering wireless internet anywhere on the planet, from the stratosphere, or higher.

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Current Position: US Representative of FL 27th District since 2021
Affiliation: Republican
Candidate: 2022 US Representative for District 27
Former Position: Journalist and author from 1983 – 2020

Other positions:
Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Contracting & Infrastructure

Featured Quote: 
Thank you to all of my @HouseGOP friends & colleagues who stand with the freedom-loving people of #Cuba in their fight against the savage Castro dictatorship!

Featured Video: 
Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar: “This Is the Beginning of the End’ for Cuba’s Communist Regime”

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EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Maria Elvira Salazar and a dozen Republican lawmakers are set to launch a plan that would provide access to wireless communications abroad to ensure individuals can use cellular devices amidst natural disasters or when “rogue regimes” shut down internet access.

Salazar, R-Fla., is expected to roll out the “American Freedom and Internet Access Act of 2021” on Tuesday—also known as “Operation Starfall.”

Fox News obtained a copy of the legislation, which would deploy stratospheric balloons, aerostats, or satellite technology capable of rapidly delivering wireless internet anywhere on the planet, from the stratosphere, or higher.

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Maria Elvira Salazar

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Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar proudly represents Florida’s 27th Congressional District, passionately serving the people of South Florida. She currently serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as well as the House Committee on Small Business.

Congresswoman Salazar is committed to acting tirelessly in defense of individual rights and liberties, spearheading economic development & job training efforts, and promoting environmental resiliency in her community. She is well-known for her advocacy for Human Rights and democracy around the world, especially for the people of Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Nicaragua, as well as for her unabashed support of our global & regional partners such as Israel, Colombia, and Taiwan.

Congresswoman Salazar is a five-time Emmy Award-winning journalist— she has spent her career holding the corrupt and powerful accountable. Congresswoman Salazar has gone toe-to-toe with Venezuela’s Nicolás Maduro, Chile’s Augusto Pinochet, and most notably Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, being the only US Spanish-language journalist to ever interview the tyrant one-on-one. Starting at the age of 22, she has worked for every major US Spanish-language broadcasting network: Telemundo, Univision, AmericaTeve, MegaTV, and CNN en Español.

Salazar was born in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, the daughter of Cuban exiles. She studied at the Deerborne School of Coral Gables and graduated from Miami Dade College. Salazar holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Miami and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Congresswoman Salazar currently resides in Coral Gables with her two daughters, Nicoletta and Martina.

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María Elvira Salazar (born November 1, 1961) is an American journalist, author, and politician serving as the U.S. representative for Florida’s 27th congressional district. She is a Republican assistant whip.[1] Before entering politics, Salazar worked for the Spanish-language network Telemundo for three decades after serving as a news anchor for Miami-based WSBS TV. She has also worked for CNN Español and Univision.

Salazar was the Republican nominee for Congress in 2018, losing to Donna Shalala. She won the 2020 rematch with 51.4% of the vote to Shalala’s 48.6%. Salazar’s term in office began on January 3, 2021, and she was scheduled to be sworn in to the 117th United States Congress that day, but was diagnosed with COVID-19 shortly before the start of the term, and was sworn in on January 12 instead.[2]

Early life and education

Salazar was born in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, the daughter of Cuban exiles.[3] She grew up bilingual, speaking both Spanish and English.[4] She spent part of her childhood in Puerto Rico.[5]

Salazar studied at the Deerborne School of Coral Gables and graduated from Miami Dade College.[6] In 1983, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Miami, and in 1995, she earned a Master of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University.[7][8]

Journalism

Salazar’s journalism career began in 1983 as a general assignment reporter for Channel 23.[9] In 1984, she served as senior political correspondent for the National News in Spanish television in the U.S. for the Spanish International Network, which later became Univision. In 1988, she began working as a White House and Pentagon correspondent for Univision. In 1991, she became the bureau chief at the Central America division of Univision while covering the war in El Salvador.[10]

In 1993, Salazar started working for the Telemundo Network, serving later as senior political correspondent for Telemundo in Cuba.[11] In 1995, she interviewed Fidel Castro for Telemundo at the Cuban mission to the UN. She is said to have been the only U.S. Spanish-language television journalist to interview Castro one-on-one.[12][13]

In 1996, she was one of the two Hispanic journalists to participate in the only political debate in the 50 years after the Cuban revolution between two politically active figures: Ricardo Alarcon, the president of the National Cuban Assembly, and Jorge Mas Canosa, the founder and president of the Cuban American National Foundation and one of the most famous supporters of the anti-Castro movement.[14]

Salazar worked at Telemundo[15][16] until 2002, when she continued her career as a journalist with America TV 41 with her own political news show, Maria Elvira Confronta.[17] In 2003, she moved to Channel 22.

In 2006, Raul Alarcon, owner of Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS), purchased channel 22, and the channel is now known as Mega TV. Salazar changed the name of her program to Polo Opuestos under the new owners. She maintained the debate dynamic of her show, but renamed it Maria Elvira Live!.[18][19]

She interviewed several actors of the telenovela Pablo Escobar: The Drug Lord, including the imprisoned Escobar lieutenant John Jairo Velásquez.[20]

Salazar has said that after her interview with Castro, her second-biggest TV interview was with the former Chilean president Augusto Pinochet in 2003.[21][22] Chilean Judge Juan Guzman cited the interview as a legal basis to rule Pinochet “mentally competent to stand trial for human rights violations”.[23][24]

On 2013, Salazar interviewed Cuban dissident and blogger Yoani Sánchez in New York City.[25][26]

Salazar has interviewed several public figures, including Presidents Bill Clinton (1999) and George W. Bush (2001), Mexican Presidents Vicente Fox and Carlos Salinas de Gortari (2005), Spanish President José María Aznar (2007), Colombian Presidents Alvaro Uribe (2008) and Juan Manuel Santos (2014),[27] and Mother Teresa.[citation needed]

She has frequently appeared as a guest on Fox News television programs such as Fox & Friends,[28] The O’Reilly Factor,[29] Tucker Carlson Tonight,[30] Hannity[31][32] and The Ingraham Angle,[33] as well as Mornings with Maria[34] on the Fox Business Network and on the conservative network Newsmax,[35] sometimes stylized under the name Elvira Salazar. Among her topics of discussion are immigration, border security and the fight against socialism.

In 2016, Salazar returned to Mega TV[18] as the anchor of the night newscast.[36]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2018

The Miami Herald reported in January 2018 that retiring Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican who had represented the 27th congressional district since 1989, had met with Salazar. Ros-Lehtinen said that her district was “totally winnable for the right candidate” from the Republican Party, adding that Salazar “could be the right candidate.”[37]

In March 2018, Salazar announced her candidacy to represent the district, which includes Miami Beach, most of Miami, Kendall, and parts of coastal south Dade County. The traditionally Republican district, which includes wealthy communities like Miami Beach, Key Biscayne and Coral Gables as well as Little Havana in Miami, had been trending Democratic in recent years.[38]

Salazar’s Republican primary opponent, Dade County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro, criticized her for her 1995 interview with Fidel Castro, in which she called Castro a “comandante”, as well as a 2016 appearance on Fox News where she called Barack Obama‘s rapprochement with Cuba “noble”. Salazar called Barreiro’s attack advertising “defamatory”, saying, “I have been one of the staunchest, most hardest critics of the Cuban Revolution on the air.”[39]

On August 28, 2018, Salazar won the Republican primary by a margin of about 15 points over Barreiro, her leading rival.[40] Former Clinton cabinet member Donna Shalala won the Democratic nomination for the seat.[3] The only debates held during the general election campaign were in Spanish. Shalala does not speak Spanish and used an interpreter, giving Salazar an advantage. Each candidate declined opportunities to debate the other in English due to scheduling conflicts.[41] Although Hillary Clinton had won the district by almost 20 points in 2016 – Clinton’s best showing in a Republican-held district – polling as late as a month before Election Day showed Salazar either narrowly ahead or statistically tied with Shalala.[42] Salazar lost to Shalala, who received about 52% of the vote.[43]

2020

In August 2019, Salazar announced her candidacy to run in a rematch against Shalala.[44] She was endorsed by President Donald Trump,[45] won the August 2020 Republican primary, and faced Shalala in the November general election.[46] The Cook Political Report, as well as various polling firms, classified the seat as “Likely Democratic”, but Salazar won, 51.4% to 48.6%.[47][4] She was one of 19 new Republican women elected to the House of Representatives in the 2020 elections.[48][49][50][51] Politico reported that Shalala attributed Salazar’s strength to the potency of the socialism attacks among Miami’s Cuban population, aided by Shalala calling herself a “pragmatic socialist”.[52][53]

Tenure

Congresswoman Salazar introduces The FORCE Act against Cuba in January 2021.

In late 2020, Salazar was identified as a participant in the Freedom Force, a group of incoming Republican House members who “say they’re fighting against socialism in America”.[54][55][56][57] Due to her COVID-19 quarantine, Salazar missed voting on certifying the presidential election results in the House on January 6, 2021. On January 12, the day she was sworn in to Congress, Salazar voted against removing Trump via the 25th Amendment. On January 13, she voted against Trump’s second impeachment.[58]

On February 4, 2021, Salazar was one of 11 Republicans who voted to strip Marjorie Taylor Greene of her House Education and Labor Committee and House Budget Committee assignments in response to controversial statements she had made about school shootings at Parkland and Sandy Hook, among other things.[59] She released a statement on her vote, saying in part, “As I have repeatedly criticized Ilhan Omar for her anti-Semitic comments, I had to hold Marjorie Taylor Greene accountable for her denial of the Parkland Massacre, the Flight 77 crash, and accusing a Jewish family of starting the California wildfires. From now on, I will hold every Democrat to this new standard that they have created.”[60]

On May 19, 2021, Salazar joined 34 other Republicans and all Democrats in voting to approve the creation of the January 6 commission.[61]

Committee assignments

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Caucus memberships

Political positions

Salazar is typically viewed as a moderate Republican.

Abortion

Salazar opposes taxpayer funding for abortion.[65][66]

Salazar voted for H.R. 8373: The Right to Contraception Act. This bill was designed to protect access to contraceptives and health care providers’ ability to provide contraceptives and information about contraception.[67] It would also fund Planned Parenthood.[68]

Citizenship

Salazar joined Senator Marco Rubio in suggesting that birthright citizenship should be “reviewed”, citing abuse of the law by foreign visitors to South Florida.[69] She has said she might be open to offering citizenship to some undocumented immigrants.[70]

Donald Trump

Salazar said in 2018 that she wanted to do “whatever makes sense to the community”; of then-President Trump, she said, “The president has used pretty insensitive words. I will talk to him in a nice, respectful way, because I do respect the institution of the presidency.”[71]

Economy

In 2021, Salazar voted against the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill.[72]

Environment

Salazar publicly supported a carbon tax proposal by then-Representative Carlos Curbelo, which many other Republicans rejected. One of Salazar’s campaign commercials vowed to fight for environmental protection in Congress.[73]

Gun policy

In March 2021, Salazar was one of eight Republicans to join the House majority in passing the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021.[74] She has called herself a “firm believer in the Second Amendment” while also saying that “ways must be found to keep guns out of the reach of those who should never have them, namely children, criminals and the mentally ill”. She has endorsed criminal background checks and called for “effectively closing loopholes that allow criminals to have access to firearms.” In October 2018, Salazar said she might also back an assault weapons ban,[70] but she voted against the Assault Weapons Ban of 2022.[75]

In June 2022, Salazar voted to raise the legal age to buy some types of assault rifles from 18 to 21.[76] She was one of 14 Republicans to vote in favor of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.

Healthcare

Salazar said that she would only support repeal of the Affordable Care Act if a viable alternative were presented. She opposed repeal of the ACA’s mandate that health insurers cover preexisting conditions, but called for “free market” policies on health insurance.[71]

Israel

Salazar is a supporter of Israel and was endorsed by several rabbis in Miami.[77]

LGBTQ rights

On February 25, 2021, Salazar voted against the Equality Act, a bill that would prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation by amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act to explicitly include new protections. Salazar said the bill “missed the mark by removing religious freedom protections.”[78]

In 2021, Salazar co-sponsored the Fairness for All Act, the Republican alternative to the Equality Act.[79] The bill would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity, and protect the free exercise of religion.

In 2022, Salazar was one of six Republicans to vote for the Global Respect Act, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons responsible for violations of the internationally recognized human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) people, and for other purposes.[80][81]

On July 19, 2022, Salazar and 46 other Republican Representatives voted for the Respect for Marriage Act, which would codify the right to same-sex marriage in federal law.[82]

Socialism

Salazar criticized President Obama’s policy of engagement with Cuba, saying that she would support lifting the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba only once there is democracy in Cuba.[83] She heavily criticized Bernie Sanders for “his honeymoon in the Soviet Union” and “his praise for Nicaragua’s and Cuba’s socialist regimes”[84] and said that democratic socialism means “misery, oppression and exile”.[85]

Statehood for Puerto Rico

On March 2, 2021, Salazar and Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González introduced the Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act.[86]

Electoral history

2018

Florida’s 27th congressional district election, 2018
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Donna Shalala 130,743 51.8
RepublicanMaria Elvira Salazar115,58845.8
IndependentMayra Joli6,2552.5
Total votes252,586 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

2020

Florida’s 27th congressional district election, 2020
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Maria Elvira Salazar 176,141 51.4
DemocraticDonna Shalala (incumbent)166,75848.6
Total votes342,899 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic

Honors and awards

Salazar has won five Emmy Awards for reports on Nicaragua, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic.[87] She was selected for the inaugural 2021 Forbes 50 Over 50, made up of entrepreneurs, leaders, scientists and creators who are over age 50.[88]

Books

In 2010, Grijalbo, a branch name of Random House, published her book Si Dios contigo, ¿quién contra ti? (ISBN 0307393267).[citation needed]

Personal life

Salazar lives in Miami with her two daughters by her second husband, Renzo Maietto.[89][90]

See also

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María Elvira Salazar (born November 1, 1961) is an American journalist, author, and politician serving as the U.S. representative for Florida’s 27th congressional district. She is a Republican assistant whip.[1] Before entering politics, Salazar worked for the Spanish-language network Telemundo for three decades after serving as a news anchor for Miami-based WSBS TV. She has also worked for CNN Español and Univision.

Salazar was the Republican nominee for Congress in 2018, losing to Donna Shalala. She won the 2020 rematch with 51.4% of the vote to Shalala’s 48.6%. Salazar’s term in office began on January 3, 2021, and she was scheduled to be sworn in to the 117th United States Congress that day, but was diagnosed with COVID-19 shortly before the start of the term, and was sworn in on January 12 instead.[2]

Early life and education

Salazar was born in Miami’s Little Havana neighborhood, the daughter of Cuban exiles.[3] She grew up bilingual, speaking both Spanish and English.[4] She spent part of her childhood in Puerto Rico.[5]

Salazar studied at the Deerborne School of Coral Gables and graduated from Miami Dade College.[6] In 1983, she earned a Bachelor of Arts in communications from the University of Miami, and in 1995, she earned a Master of Public Administration from Harvard Kennedy School at Harvard University.[7][8]

Journalism

Salazar’s journalism career began in 1983 as a general assignment reporter for Channel 23.[9] In 1984, she served as senior political correspondent for the National News in Spanish television in the U.S. for the Spanish International Network, which later became Univision. In 1988, she began working as a White House and Pentagon correspondent for Univision. In 1991, she became the bureau chief at the Central America division of Univision while covering the war in El Salvador.[10]

In 1993, Salazar started working for the Telemundo Network, serving later as senior political correspondent for Telemundo in Cuba.[11] In 1995, she interviewed Fidel Castro for Telemundo at the Cuban mission to the UN. She is said to have been the only U.S. Spanish-language television journalist to interview Castro one-on-one.[12][13]

In 1996, she was one of the two Hispanic journalists to participate in the only political debate in the 50 years after the Cuban revolution between two politically active figures: Ricardo Alarcon, the president of the National Cuban Assembly, and Jorge Mas Canosa, the founder and president of the Cuban American National Foundation and one of the most famous supporters of the anti-Castro movement.[14]

Salazar worked at Telemundo[15][16] until 2002, when she continued her career as a journalist with America TV 41 with her own political news show, Maria Elvira Confronta.[17] In 2003, she moved to Channel 22.

In 2006, Raul Alarcon, owner of Spanish Broadcasting System (SBS), purchased channel 22, and the channel is now known as Mega TV. Salazar changed the name of her program to Polo Opuestos under the new owners. She maintained the debate dynamic of her show, but renamed it Maria Elvira Live!.[18][19]

She interviewed several actors of the telenovela Pablo Escobar: The Drug Lord, including the imprisoned Escobar lieutenant John Jairo Velásquez.[20]

Salazar has said that after her interview with Castro, her second-biggest TV interview was with the former Chilean president Augusto Pinochet in 2003.[21][22] Chilean Judge Juan Guzman cited the interview as a legal basis to rule Pinochet “mentally competent to stand trial for human rights violations”.[23][24]

On 2013, Salazar interviewed Cuban dissident and blogger Yoani Sánchez in New York City.[25][26]

Salazar has interviewed several public figures, including Presidents Bill Clinton (1999) and George W. Bush (2001), Mexican Presidents Vicente Fox and Carlos Salinas de Gortari (2005), Spanish President José María Aznar (2007), Colombian Presidents Alvaro Uribe (2008) and Juan Manuel Santos (2014),[27] and Mother Teresa.[citation needed]

She has frequently appeared as a guest on Fox News television programs such as Fox & Friends,[28] The O’Reilly Factor,[29] Tucker Carlson Tonight,[30] Hannity[31][32] and The Ingraham Angle,[33] as well as Mornings with Maria[34] on the Fox Business Network and on the conservative network Newsmax,[35] sometimes stylized under the name Elvira Salazar. Among her topics of discussion are immigration, border security and the fight against socialism.

In 2016, Salazar returned to Mega TV[18] as the anchor of the night newscast.[36]

U.S. House of Representatives

Elections

2018

The Miami Herald reported in January 2018 that retiring Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Republican who had represented the 27th congressional district since 1989, had met with Salazar. Ros-Lehtinen said that her district was “totally winnable for the right candidate” from the Republican Party, adding that Salazar “could be the right candidate.”[37]

In March 2018, Salazar announced her candidacy to represent the district, which includes Miami Beach, most of Miami, Kendall, and parts of coastal south Dade County. The traditionally Republican district, which includes wealthy communities like Miami Beach, Key Biscayne and Coral Gables as well as Little Havana in Miami, had been trending Democratic in recent years.[38]

Salazar’s Republican primary opponent, Dade County Commissioner Bruno Barreiro, criticized her for her 1995 interview with Fidel Castro, in which she called Castro a “comandante”, as well as a 2016 appearance on Fox News where she called Barack Obama‘s rapprochement with Cuba “noble”. Salazar called Barreiro’s attack advertising “defamatory”, saying, “I have been one of the staunchest, most hardest critics of the Cuban Revolution on the air.”[39]

On August 28, 2018, Salazar won the Republican primary by a margin of about 15 points over Barreiro, her leading rival.[40] Former Clinton cabinet member Donna Shalala won the Democratic nomination for the seat.[3] The only debates held during the general election campaign were in Spanish. Shalala does not speak Spanish and used an interpreter, giving Salazar an advantage. Each candidate declined opportunities to debate the other in English due to scheduling conflicts.[41] Although Hillary Clinton had won the district by almost 20 points in 2016 – Clinton’s best showing in a Republican-held district – polling as late as a month before Election Day showed Salazar either narrowly ahead or statistically tied with Shalala.[42] Salazar lost to Shalala, who received about 52% of the vote.[43]

2020

In August 2019, Salazar announced her candidacy to run in a rematch against Shalala.[44] She was endorsed by President Donald Trump,[45] won the August 2020 Republican primary, and faced Shalala in the November general election.[46] The Cook Political Report, as well as various polling firms, classified the seat as “Likely Democratic”, but Salazar won, 51.4% to 48.6%.[47][4] She was one of 19 new Republican women elected to the House of Representatives in the 2020 elections.[48][49][50][51] Politico reported that Shalala attributed Salazar’s strength to the potency of the socialism attacks among Miami’s Cuban population, aided by Shalala calling herself a “pragmatic socialist”.[52][53]

Tenure

Congresswoman Salazar introduces The FORCE Act against Cuba in January 2021.

In late 2020, Salazar was identified as a participant in the Freedom Force, a group of incoming Republican House members who “say they’re fighting against socialism in America”.[54][55][56][57] Due to her COVID-19 quarantine, Salazar missed voting on certifying the presidential election results in the House on January 6, 2021. On January 12, the day she was sworn in to Congress, Salazar voted against removing Trump via the 25th Amendment. On January 13, she voted against Trump’s second impeachment.[58]

On February 4, 2021, Salazar was one of 11 Republicans who voted to strip Marjorie Taylor Greene of her House Education and Labor Committee and House Budget Committee assignments in response to controversial statements she had made about school shootings at Parkland and Sandy Hook, among other things.[59] She released a statement on her vote, saying in part, “As I have repeatedly criticized Ilhan Omar for her anti-Semitic comments, I had to hold Marjorie Taylor Greene accountable for her denial of the Parkland Massacre, the Flight 77 crash, and accusing a Jewish family of starting the California wildfires. From now on, I will hold every Democrat to this new standard that they have created.”[60]

On May 19, 2021, Salazar joined 34 other Republicans and all Democrats in voting to approve the creation of the January 6 commission.[61]

Committee assignments

Source[62]

Caucus memberships

Political positions

Salazar is typically viewed as a moderate Republican.

Abortion

Salazar opposes taxpayer funding for abortion.[65][66]

Salazar voted for H.R. 8373: The Right to Contraception Act. This bill was designed to protect access to contraceptives and health care providers’ ability to provide contraceptives and information about contraception.[67] It would also fund Planned Parenthood.[68]

Citizenship

Salazar joined Senator Marco Rubio in suggesting that birthright citizenship should be “reviewed”, citing abuse of the law by foreign visitors to South Florida.[69] She has said she might be open to offering citizenship to some undocumented immigrants.[70]

Donald Trump

Salazar said in 2018 that she wanted to do “whatever makes sense to the community”; of then-President Trump, she said, “The president has used pretty insensitive words. I will talk to him in a nice, respectful way, because I do respect the institution of the presidency.”[71]

Economy

In 2021, Salazar voted against the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, a $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief bill.[72]

Environment

Salazar publicly supported a carbon tax proposal by then-Representative Carlos Curbelo, which many other Republicans rejected. One of Salazar’s campaign commercials vowed to fight for environmental protection in Congress.[73]

Gun policy

In March 2021, Salazar was one of eight Republicans to join the House majority in passing the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2021.[74] She has called herself a “firm believer in the Second Amendment” while also saying that “ways must be found to keep guns out of the reach of those who should never have them, namely children, criminals and the mentally ill”. She has endorsed criminal background checks and called for “effectively closing loopholes that allow criminals to have access to firearms.” In October 2018, Salazar said she might also back an assault weapons ban,[70] but she voted against the Assault Weapons Ban of 2022.[75]

In June 2022, Salazar voted to raise the legal age to buy some types of assault rifles from 18 to 21.[76] She was one of 14 Republicans to vote in favor of the Bipartisan Safer Communities Act.

Healthcare

Salazar said that she would only support repeal of the Affordable Care Act if a viable alternative were presented. She opposed repeal of the ACA’s mandate that health insurers cover preexisting conditions, but called for “free market” policies on health insurance.[71]

Israel

Salazar is a supporter of Israel and was endorsed by several rabbis in Miami.[77]

LGBTQ rights

On February 25, 2021, Salazar voted against the Equality Act, a bill that would prohibit discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation by amending the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and the Fair Housing Act to explicitly include new protections. Salazar said the bill “missed the mark by removing religious freedom protections.”[78]

In 2021, Salazar co-sponsored the Fairness for All Act, the Republican alternative to the Equality Act.[79] The bill would prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity, and protect the free exercise of religion.

In 2022, Salazar was one of six Republicans to vote for the Global Respect Act, which imposes sanctions on foreign persons responsible for violations of the internationally recognized human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI) people, and for other purposes.[80][81]

On July 19, 2022, Salazar and 46 other Republican Representatives voted for the Respect for Marriage Act, which would codify the right to same-sex marriage in federal law.[82]

Socialism

Salazar criticized President Obama’s policy of engagement with Cuba, saying that she would support lifting the U.S. trade embargo against Cuba only once there is democracy in Cuba.[83] She heavily criticized Bernie Sanders for “his honeymoon in the Soviet Union” and “his praise for Nicaragua’s and Cuba’s socialist regimes”[84] and said that democratic socialism means “misery, oppression and exile”.[85]

Statehood for Puerto Rico

On March 2, 2021, Salazar and Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González introduced the Puerto Rico Statehood Admission Act.[86]

Electoral history

2018

Florida’s 27th congressional district election, 2018
PartyCandidateVotes%
Democratic Donna Shalala 130,743 51.8
RepublicanMaria Elvira Salazar115,58845.8
IndependentMayra Joli6,2552.5
Total votes252,586 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican

2020

Florida’s 27th congressional district election, 2020
PartyCandidateVotes%
Republican Maria Elvira Salazar 176,141 51.4
DemocraticDonna Shalala (incumbent)166,75848.6
Total votes342,899 100.0
Republican gain from Democratic

Honors and awards

Salazar has won five Emmy Awards for reports on Nicaragua, Cuba, and the Dominican Republic.[87] She was selected for the inaugural 2021 Forbes 50 Over 50, made up of entrepreneurs, leaders, scientists and creators who are over age 50.[88]

Books

In 2010, Grijalbo, a branch name of Random House, published her book Si Dios contigo, ¿quién contra ti? (ISBN 0307393267).[citation needed]

Personal life

Salazar lives in Miami with her two daughters by her second husband, Renzo Maietto.[89][90]

See also

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Candidate: 2021 US Senator

Congresswoman Donna E. Shalala is proud to serve Florida’s 27th District as an advocate for women’s rights, civil rights, increased access to healthcare, better education and public schools, and a clean and sustainable environment. The longest-serving Secretary of Health and Human Services in U.S. history, she returns to Washington as the Representative for Florida’s 27th District, which includes the city of Miami and surrounding municipalities in Miami-Dade County.

A distinguished educator, she served as President of Hunter College of the City University of New York, Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin—Madison, and President of the University of Miami. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and has been elected to seven national academies, including the National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and the National Academy of Education.

Source: Government page

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