Matt Salmon

Matt Salmon

ARIZONA's 5th DISTRICT

Rep. Salmon Statement on the Beheading of Steven Sotloff by the Terrorist Group ISIS

2014/09/02

Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) issued the following statement on news reports of the beheading of Time journalist Steven Sotloff by members of the terrorist group ISIS. “My prayers and condolences go out to the family of Steven Sotloff, who was brutally executed by ISIS barbarians.  This public execution is another reminder that ISIS terrorists will stop at nothing to advance its terror throughout the region and bring this fight to America’s shores. “What we are witnessing is a catastrophic crisis of leadership.  Two weeks ago, the President called the jihadist rebel group ISIS ‘a cancer’ and called upon middle eastern nations to address the threat it poses to civilized society.  A week later, the President explained America’s strategy for dealing with the ISIS threat: ‘We don’t have a strategy.’  This is an unacceptable failure of leadership. “ISIS is the manifestation of what happens when America is absent in world affairs. This administration has known for over a year that ISIS poses a clear and present threat to American interests. Continued inaction is unacceptable.  We need a strategy. “The keys to a successful strategy are this: achievable goals, a defined exit strategy, and an active, regional coalition. “The American people rightfully won’t support another military intervention without clear goals and an achievable definition of success.  This is also the only way to avoid mission creep and a perpetual drain on American resources.  The President must articulate an exit strategy because neither the Congress nor the American people have the appetite for never-ending conflicts. “American leadership doesn’t imply a massive military footprint, but it does require engagement with partners who share our goals and our values.  There are a number of nations in the region that are well-equipped and poised to commit militarily to destroying this threat.  Their involvement is the key to a successful operation, and it is the President’s responsibility to build and lead that coalition in the annihilation of ISIS. “Congress stands ready to work with the President to protect Americans at home and abroad, and any action to involve American combat troops in a foreign conflict will require Congressional authorization, but there are certain actions the President can take now. “We have begun to arm the Kurds and support their counteroffensive with airstrikes.  Both of these actions make a tremendous difference in the security of the Iraqi state and neither involves American boots on the ground.  These programs should be strengthened and the President needs to seriously evaluate all options to ensure a successful operation. “A cancer is not contained, it is eradicated.  The same must be done to ISIS and I’m willing to work with our Commander in Chief to get this done.” Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter. ### Read More

AZ CENTRAL: Education should be about building skills, not debt

2014/08/06

Education has changed drastically over the years. Through various regulations and requirements, we've allowed our education system to become stagnant. Far from being the gateway to success it once was, much of today's higher education system treats students as commodities to be processed through an assembly line. While they were once faced with limitless possibilities, today's graduates receive a crushing burden of debt with their diploma that meets or exceeds the cost of a mortgage in many cities. In response to these challenges, the federal government has sought to address access to education. Unfortunately, with every effort to increase students' access to education, including the funds they needed to pay for it, the cost of that education rose. Since 1985, college costs have risen 500 percent and the average national tuition this past year was just over $30,000. In Arizona, that's 62 percent of the median annual income. The "credit hour" is the key component in receiving federal funds for education. Students who already have the knowledge they would gain from a particular course must still spend their time and money attending that class. Receiving no real benefit, students aren't inspired to achieve, but rather to accumulate credit hours and the conjunctive debt that makes starting a life after graduation impossibly difficult. Veterans and non-traditional students find this system especially problematic. Many of our nation's returning veterans lack a college degree, yet have skills that make them a valuable asset in many fields. Non-traditional students include those who return to school with the goal of getting a better job after spending years in the workforce. With years of practical experience, forcing them to undertake and pay for coursework that is less challenging than their daily job duties is silly. Last year, I introduced a bipartisan bill which would give future generations a better way to address the problems of access, affordability and utility of education. Last month, H.R. 3136, the Advancing Competency-Based Education Demonstration Project Act, passed the House of Representatives unanimously, and it's easy to see why. Democrat or Republican, we all want our children to be successful in school and in life. This bill gets government out of the way and lets schools explore new and innovative ways to deliver education, measure quality and disburse financial aid based on actual learning. It will also allow colleges to provide academic credit to students who can prove competencies through prior work and life experiences as well as their own hard work. The purpose of an education is the accumulation of knowledge and skills, not semesters and loans. This bill provides the thoughtful innovation our educators and students have been asking for, and in Washington's gridlock, only the strongest bills get unanimous, bipartisan support. Even the president has indicated his support for this bill, and I'm hopeful that the Senate takes quick action to get the bill into his hands so he can sign it. This is a bill I'm proud of, and this is a bill Congress can be proud of. Rep. Matt Salmon, a Republican, represents the Southeast Valley in Congress. Read More

Thirteenth SOS Bill Defunds the Heritage Partnership Program

2014/08/06

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Matt Salmon (AZ-05) announced his thirteenth bill in a series of proposals to cut wasteful and duplicative federal spending.  After introduction of the latest bill, which would eliminate funding for the National Park Service’s Heritage Partnership Program (HPP), Rep. Salmon released the following statement: “At a time when this Administration locks American citizens out of their own national parks, it is important that we simplify the National Park Service’s mission in order to save money and maintain unfettered access to public land.  The National Heritage Partnership Program was created in 1984 when the first National Heritage Area (NHA) was created in Illinois and Michigan.  Initially designed as a public-private initiative that would help the establishment of fledgling, locally-supported heritage lands, the HPP now wastes millions of dollars annually on parks that have demonstrated their inability to sustain themselves and parks that were fraudulently awarded NHA status.” Background: Since the Heritage Partnership Program was created in 1984, Congress has appropriated more than $150 million for National Heritage Area grants.  Even in the wake of significant cuts to the HPP, the Obama Administration went further to advocate for cutting this program’s funding by half. In its Terminations, Reductions and Savings report, the Administration admits that “since 1984, when the first NHA was designated, 17 areas reached or nearly reached their original sunset dates, but received extensions and continue to receive funding” despite their failure to become self-sufficient.  The report also pointed out that a number of sites have been authorized which do not warrant designation.  Current appropriations for the HPP total $18.3 million dollars. Background on Rep. Salmon’s SOS Initiative: Click here to watch the video. “Our nation is drowning in debt – $17.5 trillion dollars of it…Yet, our nation’s leaders continue to approve wasteful spending without a blink, and continue to spend your tax dollars in the most imprudent ways. Enough is enough. We must have the courage to start cutting spending somewhere… Every federal department, agency and office has wasteful spending within their budgets. To address this problem and honor my promise to you, I am pleased to announce the launching of my Shrinking Our Spending Initiative, or SOS Initiative. My SOS Initiative will push to make the hard spending cuts we refuse to make, in the areas of government we refuse to touch. My goal through the SOS Initiative is to find at least 1.5 billion dollars in wasteful spending that can be eliminated. As part of my SOS Initiative, I plan to introduce a new bill each week we are in session to cut wasteful spending in a different area of our federal government. These bills will highlight wasteful and duplicative programs that your tax dollars are currently funding. And some of these wasteful programs will surprise you…” Click here for more information about the SOS Initiative.   Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter. ### Read More

Rep. Salmon Statement on Israel’s Ongoing Action Against Hamas Terrorists

2014/08/02

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today released the following statement in response to the continued conflict between the Israeli military to eliminate terroristic attacks from the Gaza Strip. “For years we have heard stories of rocket attacks launched against the sovereign state of Israel from the Gaza Strip, and for years Israel has deliberately sought to mitigate the damage caused by these attacks and avoid engaging in a prolonged conflict.  However, recent attacks from within the Gaza Strip, including increased rocket launches from civilian areas and progressively more aggressive threats and posturing by the terrorist group, Hamas, have left Israel little choice but to engage in a ground battle to root out the rockets and tunnel network used to attack Israeli citizens. “Rather than aiming to protect the lives of those living in the Gaza Strip, Hamas repeatedly uses residents as human shields to protect their weapons caches and increase the death toll—even encouraging children to stay in the line of fire after Israeli warnings of an impending action.  Schools, hospitals, and United Nations facilities in Gaza have been found to contain weapons and entrances to the tunnels used by teams of terrorists to conduct raids on the Israeli state.  Even today, during an unconditional, humanitarian cease-fire organized by the United States and the United Nations, a group of Hamas terrorists exited a tunnel, engaged Israeli troops, detonated a bomb vest, and kidnapped an Israeli soldier. “Israel should no longer tolerate these attacks and they must take action to protect their citizens.” Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter. ### Read More

Rep. Salmon Praises Passage of Bipartisan Secure the Southwest Border Act of 2014

2014/08/02

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today released the following statement upon passage of H.R. 5230, the Secure the Southwest Border Act of 2014, which would provide additional funding and resources to help the U.S. Border Patrol secure our southwestern border. “For the past six weeks, I’ve served with six other members of the House Border Crisis Working Group who were dedicated to finding a solution to the crisis on our southern border.  Our group, appointed by Speaker Boehner, made numerous recommendations to address the problem, with the bill that passed tonight containing some of the best of those provisions. “The final bill increases National Guard presence on the Southwest border (solely at the discretion of border governors), grants authority for Southwest border states to reallocate existing federal grants to combat illegal immigration and drug trafficking, allows Customs and Border Patrol on all federal lands, and fixes problems in the Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008—changing the catch-and-release policies of this administration to the commonsense detain-and-deport policies necessary to discourage additional illegal immigration at our border. “Best of all, this bill is 100% paid-for without a single cent in additional spending.  Sound reforms that don’t add to our deficit and debt?  It doesn’t get much better than that.  I praise my colleagues for their support on this vote, and I urge Harry Reid to put aside partisan politics, return the Senate to Washington, D.C., and do what’s best for the country by passing this legislation immediately.” Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter. ### Read More

Rep. Salmon Statement Regarding House Deliberations on the Supplemental Spending Bill

2014/07/31

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today issued the following statement regarding the House’s deliberations on passing a supplemental spending bill to address the border crisis. “Today was a wild day in the House.  To set the record straight, I am one hundred percent against doing nothing to fix our border crisis.  While I believe that the Secure the Southwest Border Act of 2014 made a number of positive changes to secure our border and address this humanitarian crisis, there were some in our conference that wanted to craft a better, stronger bill.  I support their efforts as well.  We will continue to work to improve and bolster this bill, and I am committed to staying in Washington, D.C. until we approve a plan to secure our borders and help these children.” Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter. ### Read More

THE HILL: Bill would ban funding for National Endowment for the Humanities

2014/07/28

Rep. Matt Salmon (R-Ariz.) has introduced legislation that would prohibit federal funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities. Salmon said the independent agency did not deserve federal funding for what he called "frivolous" projects. "The NEH is free to pursue private funding for any programs it wishes. In light of our astronomical debt, burdening the U.S. with these thoughtless projects is insulting," Salmon said. Last week, Salmon introduced a bill that would prohibit the use of taxpayer dollars toward the NEH's "Popular Romance Project" to study romance in popular culture. Salmon listed other programs in addition to the Popular Romance Project, such as a documentary on "Comic Book Superheroes," a website debating "What is the Meaning of Life," an undergraduate course on "What is belief?", and a seminar on "What is the Good Life and How Do I Live It?". "Just one of these programs is outrageous enough, but to think that we have spent hundreds of millions of dollars supporting projects most Americans would find frivolous at best is offensive," Salmon said. The National Endowment for the Humanities has requested $146 million for fiscal 2015. Read More

AZ CENTRAL: Rep. Salmon sees bigger problem than kids on the border

2014/07/26

Those thousands of Central American kids crossing the border actually represent a small part of a huge problem, one that Arizona Rep. Matt Salmon has been trying to get Washington to face, without much luck. Now, at least, Congress and the president are looking in that direction. But is it just a passing glance? "I certainly hope something gets done with these kids, and I hope it doesn't end there," Salmon told me Friday. "A lot of my colleagues didn't want to do anything for the fear that the senate might tack something on that we didn't like or that whatever we passed the president wouldn't implement, or he would pick and choose what to implement. "But I don't agree. To me, that's like saying let's not throw any passes because someone might intercept it, or let's not run the ball because we might fumble. I don't want to take a knee. Well, that's not what I came to Washington to do." He believes some legislation will move forward next week. One sticking point is the argument politicians are having over changing federal law to treat Central American kids like those from Mexico. "People who have studied the issue know the law must be changed," Salmon said. "Under the current law it takes too long to process the Central American kids, three to five years. Our proposal is to speed up the process immensely. But at the same time, if they qualify for asylum under our laws they would be granted asylum." A number of immigration groups and religious organizations are against changing the law. Salmon believes the concern is misplaced. "People argue about the crime and gangs and the dangers in countries like Honduras and Guatemala," he said. "But I don't think that any sane person would argue that there are not gangs in Mexico. That there is not violence in Mexico. Some of the most dangerous places in the world are in Mexico. The other nations in the region want very much want to work with us on these problems." Salmon knows all about this. He is the chairman of the House Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. "We have totally neglected the Western Hemisphere, our own neighborhood, as we have pivoted to other parts of the world," he said. After the United States helped to crush the drug cartels in Colombia the operations moved to countries in Central America. "When you squeeze a balloon the pressure shifts to another location," he said. "If we could stage an operation like the one in Columbia for these other countries it would bring security and stability to the region. This isn't to simply help Central America.It is to help us. Drugs from these countries are a scourge on our land. Heroin is cheaper than OxyContin now, and causing deaths all across the board, from poor to rich." However, Salmon is worried that our national attention will shift to something else immediately after Congress acts on the crisis with the children. "We will try to put a Band-Aid on that problem next week," he said. "But the root cause is going to take a lot more work. The issue de jour six months ago was Syria. Then the issue was Ukraine. Then the issue was Iran. The issue has been North Korea. Israel. It goes on. Nothing changes. But if we don't focus on our own neighborhood we are going to be in trouble." He said that officials in Central America are eager and willing to work with us, not simply to save their children, but our own. It's something Salmon knows about personally. "If you haven't has a friend or family member who has had to deal with this scourge of drugs you might be able to turn a blind eye," Salmon said. "But I actually have a friend from high school who just lost a daughter to a heroin overdose. He's a guy from an upper-middle class family. They're good people. Their daughter, like a lot of our kids, got caught up in this. These stories are happening all over. It's a problem that is hurting us. It's hurting the whole hemisphere. We need to work together to solve it." Read More

Twelfth SOS Bill Eliminates Funding to National Endowment for the Humanities

2014/07/25

Washington, D.C. — Today, Congressman Matt Salmon (AZ-05) announced his twelfth bill in a series of proposals to cut wasteful and duplicative federal spending.  After introduction of the latest bill, which would eliminate funding for the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Salmon released the following statement: “After releasing my eleventh SOS bill last week, I took a closer look at where the NEH’s funding is spent and was shocked at the enormous waste this unaccountable non-profit facilitates with our tax dollars.  Just one of these programs is outrageous enough, but to think that we have spent hundreds of millions of dollars supporting projects most Americans would find frivolous at best is offensive. “To waste taxpayer funds creating undergraduate courses to distract from the actual accumulation of knowledge by analyzing ‘the good life’ seems to run contrary to the NEH’s mission and demonstrates exactly why such excesses should be eliminated.  The NEH is free to pursue private funding for any programs it wishes.  In light of our astronomical debt, burdening the U.S. with these thoughtless projects is insulting.” Background: The National Endowment for the Humanities was founded by the “National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities Act of 1965,” and requested over $154 million in taxpayer funds in fiscal year 2013.  The wasteful projects funded by NEH include: Comic Book Superheroes Documentary ($825,000) – This documentary superheroes project has received three federal grants over the past three years. Puppets Take Long Island ($150,000) – While the Muppets may have taken Manhattan, the federal government spent $150,000 to support Puppets Take Long Island, an eight-week long festival in Sag Harbor, New York. What is a Monster? ($24,999) – The development of an upper-level undergraduate seminar on the question, “What is a monster? -- from Antaeus to Zombies.” What is the Meaning of Life? ($24,953) – A website devoted to an interdisciplinary course which explores the question “What is the Meaning of Life?” What is Belief? ($24,562) – The development of a lower-division undergraduate course to investigate multiple perspectives on the question, “What is belief?” What is the Good Life and How Do I Live It? ($25,000) – The development of a seminar by four faculty members on the question, “What is the good life and how do I live it?” Background on Rep. Salmon’s SOS Initiative: Click here to watch the video. “Our nation is drowning in debt – $17.5 trillion dollars of it…Yet, our nation’s leaders continue to approve wasteful spending without a blink, and continue to spend your tax dollars in the most imprudent ways. Enough is enough. We must have the courage to start cutting spending somewhere… Every federal department, agency and office has wasteful spending within their budgets. To address this problem and honor my promise to you, I am pleased to announce the launching of my Shrinking Our Spending Initiative, or SOS Initiative. My SOS Initiative will push to make the hard spending cuts we refuse to make, in the areas of government we refuse to touch. My goal through the SOS Initiative is to find at least 1.5 billion dollars in wasteful spending that can be eliminated. As part of my SOS Initiative, I plan to introduce a new bill each week we are in session to cut wasteful spending in a different area of our federal government. These bills will highlight wasteful and duplicative programs that your tax dollars are currently funding. And some of these wasteful programs will surprise you…” Click here for more information about the SOS Initiative. Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter. ### Read More

BREITBART: Salmon: On Border Crisis, Let's Not Take a Knee

2014/07/25

As a Member of Congress from a state on our southern border, I see firsthand the realities of illegal immigration. In fact, much of the recent public outcry originated from busloads of illegal immigrants dumped in Arizona a few short months ago. The strain placed on state and local governments overwhelms security, education, and medical services, making them harder to come by for citizens and immigrants alike. We’ve all read the stories of blown budgets and rising crime, but Members of Congress who come from border states don’t need to read those stories. We are already acutely aware of the disproportionate toll illegal immigration takes on our districts, which is why I was honored to join with several of those members in serving on the House Border Crisis Working Group that spent the past month evaluating the issue and looking for the best solutions to address it. Every member of Congress knows something must be done to tackle this crisis. The recommendations we proposed are common sense solutions that we all agree on—change the 2008 Trafficking Victims Protection Act (TVPRA) to allow unaccompanied children from Central America to be treated the same as those from Canada and Mexico, secure our border with National Guardsmen, ensure Border Patrol agents full access to the border, and end what is referred to as “catch-and-release.” These four reasonable recommendations will help address this crisis and actually improve our immigration and border security policies. First, we must end the catch-and-release policy that has been so heavily promoted in Central America. It’s true that the President’s unconstitutional actions surrounding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals played a large part in creating this problem, but it is without doubt the story of “permisos,” or de facto citizenship while you wait for your immigration hearing, that have exacerbated it. If you enter the country illegally, you should be held until your appearance date in a secure government facility, not released and allowed to integrate into our communities as if citizenship is around the corner. This is the only proper way to ensure attendance at court dates, and a key tool in dissuading others from attempting to enter the country illegally. Second, we propose placing the National Guard on the border. It is clear that the recent influx of the illegal border crossers, particularly the nearly 60,000 UACs so far this year, is an enormous load for our border agents to handle alone. Sending the National Guardsman to provide temporary relief will not only ensure that our border agents are able to again focus on drug and human traffickers, but also that the children continue to receive humane treatment. Third, we need to give our Border Patrol agents the tools they need to enter any federal land in their search for those crossing the border illegally. As it stands now, our border agents are barred from entering “federally protected” land on or near the border due to concerns that their presence could harm the environment. The cartels are keenly aware of this fact, and—you guessed it—they utilize this loophole for their trafficking activities. Instead of protecting these areas for environmental reasons, the current policy is actually encouraging mass trampling and trash disposal on these lands. Allowing our border agents to access these lands and apprehend illegal border crossers will take away one of the cartels favorite entry points. Finally, we must make a key change in our handling of unaccompanied minors who enter our country without authorization. Currently, the TVPRA treats unaccompanied children from Mexico and Canada differently from those of all other nations. To date, no one has provided a sound reason as to why the 2008 law discriminates amongst children of different nations, but it makes no difference. We need to provide parity in the treatment of children from all nations in order to provide a swifter mechanism to send them back home and deter their families from forcing them on the perilous journey in the first place. Now, I understand that the biggest fear among my Republican colleagues is that the Senate will take advantage of our proposal and play politics; attaching some version of “comprehensive immigration reform” and sending it back to the House. They forget that we have an obligation as our nation’s leaders to take action. Doing nothing is not an option. Doing nothing allows the Obama Administration to continue their failed policies that have led to lack luster border protection, illegal immigrant families being released into our communities, and thousands of unaccompanied alien children being wards of the state for more than 3 years at enormous taxpayer expense. We can either pick up the President’s fumble and advance the ball by protecting our borders and requiring our immigration laws be enforced or we can watch the administration continue to fumble, leaving our communities to suffer the consequences. Right now, the House is leading this debate with these thoughtful and bold recommendations. We’re holding the ball, but we need to act. We cannot be a team that is afraid of throwing a pass for fear that the other team might intercept it. We cannot snap the ball just to take a knee. That failed argument can be made for any legislation that we work on, but if that is our position, why are we here? The Speaker has guaranteed numerous times over the past year that we will not take up the Senate immigration reform bill or accept it back from the Senate in any fashion, and he’s been as good as his word. He’s also been clear we won’t accept any attempt to offer a more targeted immigration reform measure, such as the DREAM Act, or any other immigration reform proposal. Such measures have no place in the effort to solve this crisis, and any attempt to add them will run into a brick wall in the People’s House. If the Senate decides to play politics rather than address this crisis on our border, then it will be they that ultimately fail the country. If we decide to take a knee out of fear, we will never score, we will never win, and most importantly, we will fail to heed the cries of our constituents demanding action to secure our border. Read More

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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.


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