Matt Salmon

Matt Salmon


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Committee on Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere “Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi: Our Marine in Mexican Custody” Wednesday, October 1, 2014 Welcome, everyone, to this important hearing on Marine Sgt. Andrew Tahmooressi, our Marine in Custody in Mexico.  I want to thank Chairman Royce and all my colleagues who have come back to Washington to take part in this hearing.  And I want to thank our witnesses, particularly Mrs. Tahmooressi, who has been a steadfast and strong advocate on behalf of her son.  Montel Williams and Pete Hegseth, your work on behalf of veterans is noble and important and it is a pleasure to have you hear speaking on behalf of Andrew.  And finally, retired Marine Sergeant Robert Buchanan, who served with Andrew in Afghanistan, we sincerely appreciate you appearing on behalf of your friend, and I would like to personally thank you for your service to our nation.  Not long after the VA scandal story broke in my hometown of Phoenix, Arizona, exposing widespread mismanagement of veteran care on the part of the VA, I first traveled down to Tijuana, Mexico to visit Sgt. Tahmooressi in prison.  I had been following his story—how he had served with distinction in the U.S. Marine Corps on the battlefields of Afghanistan, returning to the United States with the physical and psychological scars of war.  How he made his way to Southern California, where he was diagnosed with PTSD, living mostly out of his truck where he carried all of his belongings, including his three registered guns.  And how he got turned around and found himself at the Mexican border where it is illegal to carry guns.  By the time I visited Andrew back in late May and again in June with Chairman Royce, he had been through a lot; he had attempted to escape and take his own life—haunted by the hyper-vigilance that is the hallmark of his PTSD.  Even so, he was polite and soft-spoken; a brave American who had defended this country and now needed our help to return home.  Interesting anecdote:  on my way back from visiting Andrew the first time, just as I was crossing the border back into the United States, I learned of the news that the Obama administration had negotiated with the Taliban for the release of Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.  Sgt Tahmooressi's circumstances are obviously very different than Sgt. Bergdahl's.    But it still struck me then that Sgt. Tahmooressi had served his country with honor twice in Afghanistan, and now finds himself in a Mexican prison after getting turned around, probably in great part, due to his PTSD. Clearly, President Obama couldn’t find time between negotiating with terrorists to call our ally, the Mexican President, to appeal to him on behalf of our Marine.  If we in Congress don't do everything in our power to try to get Sgt. Tahmooressi, an injured war hero, back to the States for treatment, then what are we doing here?  Making sure that our combat veterans are taken care of when they return is one of our most important obligations. As Chairman of this Subcommittee, I have been consistently supportive of our bilateral relationship with Mexico, committed to our security partnership, and to helping Mexico reform and improve its justice system.  Our commercial relationship with Mexico is strong and vital.  Today, I feel the same way.  I am optimistic about Mexico's energy reforms, the growth of its middle class, and the increasingly close trade and diplomatic relationship we share.  But our significant and growing bilateral cooperation must also come with the ability to resolve important issues, particularly along our shared border.  I firmly believe that Sgt. Tahmooressi meant no harm, nor did he willfully violate Mexican law when he crossed the border. Now, he has spent over 6 months in prison for what amounts to a wrong turn. I’m disappointed that more could not be done to address this situation in a more timely manner.  The fact is that Mexican citizens violate U.S. law on a regular and continuing basis, illegally crossing our Southern border. Mexican officials respond by asking the U.S. for compassion and amnesty for their citizens to remain in the U.S.  But frankly, compassion goes both ways.  Mexico does not have the ability to provide Sgt. Tahmooressi with the care he needs.  Our war hero needs to come home. Last week, I spoke with the Mexican Attorney General who explained that while Sgt. Tahmooressi had broken Mexican law by approaching the border with weapons, his combat-related PTSD could not be adequately treated in Mexico. The good news is, the Attorney General explained to me, and, I understand, to Chairman Royce separately, that he has the authority within Mexican law to dismiss Sgt. Tahmooressi’s case on humanitarian grounds once he has expert testimony that verifies his combat-specific PTSD diagnosis.  Chairman Royce and I obtained the appropriate expert medical reports and forwarded them to the Mexican Attorney General’s desk this past Friday.  In addition, at the court hearing yesterday, a Mexican psychologist submitted his official diagnosis confirming Andrew’s PTSD.  Now with all the information available to him, I am confident that Attorney General Murillo Karam will very soon order the release of Andrew so that he can begin his treatment and move forward with his life back home with his family and friends. Once again, we are asking our men and women in uniform to embark on the mission of fighting on behalf of our nation in our war against the terrorist organization, ISIS.  Making sure that Sgt. Tahmooressi is brought home and provided the treatment he needs demonstrates to our military men and women who are in harm’s way that America stands up for their soldiers and Marines.  That is how it should be.  I look forward to hearing from all the witnesses and thank you all again for being here. A live stream of the hearing is available at 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

MEDIA ADVISORY: Chairman Salmon to Convene Western Hemisphere Subcommittee Hearing on Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi: Our Marine in Mexican Custody


Rep. Matt Salmon (R-AZ), Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, will convene a hearing TOMORROW to examine the plight of U.S. Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi.  The hearing is entitled, “Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi: Our Marine in Mexican Custody” and will begin at 10 am ET. Chairman Salmon on the hearing: “As Congress begins to contemplate once again committing our nation's servicemen and women to the fight against terrorism, it is incumbent on us to stand by our heroes when they return home.  As a direct result of his honorable service in Afghanistan, U.S. Marine Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi now suffers from combat related PTSD.  Tragically, instead of receiving the treatment he needs, he is being held in a Mexican prison.  As a Member of Congress it is my obligation and duty to protect heroes like Andrew who have suffered the ravages of war in service to our nation. I'm convening this hearing to honor his service and work to ensure his immediate release so that he can receive the treatment he needs.” What: Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi: Our Marine in Mexican Custody When: October 1, 2014 from 10:00 am ET to 1:00 pm ET Where: 2172 Rayburn House Office Building Witnesses: Mrs. Jill Tahmooressi Mother of Sergeant Andrew Tahmooressi Lieutenant Commander Montel B. Williams, USN, Retired Veterans Advocate Sergeant Robert Buchanan, USMC, Retired Served with Sergeant Tahmooressi in Afghanistan Mr. Pete Hegseth Chief Executive Officer, Concerned Veterans for America 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

Letter to the Department of Homeland Security Regarding Current Immigration Law Enforcement


Click here to download the full letter The Honorable Jeh Johnson Department of Homeland Security U.S. Department of Homeland Security Washington, D.C. 20528 Dear Secretary Johnson, As you know, in this fiscal year we have seen an unprecedented number of illegal border crossings along our southern border.  Like many of my colleagues, I believe this is a direct result of President Obama’s June 2012 Rose Garden speech indicating his decision not to enforce some of our immigration laws. As a member of Congress from the border state of Arizona, I have followed this issue very closely.  Furthermore, I recently served on the Speaker’s House Task Force on Securing our Southern Border and Humanitarian Crisis where I was also able to visit the holding facilities in Nogales, Arizona and McAllen, Texas as well as visit the Central American countries from which many of these individuals originate.  It is a well-known fact that our borders remain porous and our interior enforcement is lacking. With this in mind, it was with great dismay that I learned of your Department’s new policy that would allow for the release of illegal aliens, so long as they promised to return for a court date fifteen days later. Upon learning this fact, my colleagues and I warned that this was bad policy. It goes without saying that individuals willing to break our laws and enter a country illegally are certainly willing to break the legal commitment of appearing for a court date. Unfortunately, we have been proven correct by the recent figures that indicate a lack of compliance by these illegal aliens across the board.  The figures for this fiscal year indicate that family units entering illegally number more than 66,000.  Additionally, recent media reports indicate that an estimated 70 percent did not appear for their court date. To combat this bad policy and provide meaningful solutions to our nation’s border crisis, I coauthored bipartisan legislation, which passed the House in July, to end the policy of catch-and-release.  Due to the lack of action by the Senate on this important bill, this policy of catch and release continues.  Now, we as a nation have added 41,000 families to the ever-increasing numbers of illegal immigrants residing in the shadows of our communities. Recognizing the seriousness of these numbers, please provide us with answers to the following questions: What is the DHS going to do to locate and remove the 41,000 illegal family units who failed to appear for their court date? Under what specific authority did the DHS release illegal immigrant family units rather than immediately put them through deportation proceedings? What policy changes is the DHS going to implement to ensure this will not happen in the future? Why does the DHS refuse to enforce immigration laws as passed by the American people’s representatives? As our nation faces this perpetual wave of illegal border crossings, it is critical that we have answers to these questions in order for Congress to respond appropriately.  I look forward to your swift response.  Sincerely,   Matt Salmon Member of Congress Read More

Rep. Salmon Statement on Attorney General Holder’s Resignation


Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today issued the below statement following the news that U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder will resign. “Eric Holder holds the distinction of being the only Attorney General or cabinet member in the history of our nation to be held in Contempt of Congress.  He has actively impeded Congressional oversight of the Justice Department; he has obfuscated, where he has not outright concealed, potentially criminal activities in Department of Justice initiatives, such as operation Fast and Furious; he has violated the First and Fourth Amendments by spying on members of the media, and doing so without a warrant; he has failed to uncover the IRS’ politically motivated intimidation and harassment; and he has steadfastly refused to act on the orders of the House to prosecute individuals in Contempt of Congress. “General Holder’s resignation should be welcomed by advocates of justice across our nation, and the Senate should seek to confirm a replacement who will exemplify a commitment to upholding justice.  I urge them to take action without delay and confirm a sound candidate as soon as possible.” 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

Happy Constitution Week


This week, we celebrated the 227th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution.  In honor of the document that sets out the bounds of the federal government, I had a special Constitution Week chat with Skyline High School’s “We the People” class and released a special video to commemorate the day. I also want to mention three important votes.  First up was H. J. Res 124 (House Joint Resolution 124) that would fund the government after current appropriations are set to expire on September 30.  This is commonly called a Continuing Resolution (CR) since it continues to fund the government at current levels and allows money to be spent without passing what we would traditionally think of as a “budget.”  Since the Senate refuses to take up any bills to appropriate money for the government (something they’ve been doing for years), this is how government is funded today.  This is a very irresponsible way to run a government. The CR also included the most contentious piece of the President’s strategy to combat ISIS, providing American weapons to the Free Syrian Army.  Like many of you, I’m concerned that the President lacks the ability to positively differentiate between our allies and our adversaries in the Syrian conflict.  As we have seen in Iraq, arming a group of fighters is not wise if those individuals will either desert their posts or support the enemy they claim to oppose. For these reasons, I voted no on the CR.  We should fund our government responsibly, and simply throwing money (and guns) at the problem in Syria is not a responsible way to handle an enemy like ISIS. On Thursday, we passed two other bills, H. R. 2, the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act, and H.R. 4, the Jobs for America Act.  These were easy yes votes. H.R. 4 contained 15 bills that the House has already passed, which would change federal law to empower job creators, fuel economic growth, and ensure the competitiveness of our nation.  It would also ensure that Congress is required to vote on all new major regulations before they can be enforced by the executive.  H.R. 2 contained 14 bills that already cleared the House to increase domestic energy production and improve our independence.  It would ensure that the Keystone pipeline project moves forward and create a new approval process for pipelines that cross our borders with Canada or Mexico.  It also reins in the out-of-control EPA’s agenda, which needlessly hampers job creators and destroys the very jobs Americans need most. Read More

Rep. Salmon Congratulates Mesa Mayor John Giles on his First Day


Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today issued the following statement on Mayor John Giles’ first day as Mayor of Mesa. “As a lifelong resident of Mesa, I am excited and proud to see John Giles take the helm as our next Mayor. He’s been a tireless and strong advocate for Mesa for over two decades, and I am confident that Mesa will continue to thrive under his leadership. I look forward to working with him and his entire team as we work together to build a better community and a better America." 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: Muslims accuse some officials of stoking fear


Muslim community leaders are worried that some elected officials in Arizona and across the country are stoking a rise in Islamophobia in the wake of recent beheadings and other terrorist acts by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria militant group. They cite as just one example a training session Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery scheduled for today that purports to teach law-enforcement officers in the Valley about the threat of Islamic terrorists. The training session has drawn criticism from the ACLU and a cross-section of local religious leaders because it will be led by a former FBI agent, John Guandolo, who critics say spreads anti-Muslim rhetoric in the name of fighting terrorism. "The timing could not be worse, given the fact that John Guandolo is an individual who promotes anti-Muslim conspiracy theories and bigoted notions that effectively scapegoat the entire Muslim community," said Michele Lefkowith, the Southwest regional investigative researcher for the Anti-Defamation League. Muslim leaders say other elected officials are also fanning anti-Muslim sentiments by perpetuating claims that ISIS-trained terrorists are on the verge of entering the U.S. through the border with Mexico. Last weekend, U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., cited on the E.W. Jackson radio program a Judicial Watch report that ISIS is present in Ciudad Juarez, a city in Mexico across from El Paso, Texas, "so there's no question that they have designs on trying to come into Arizona." Franks did not respond to requests for comment. U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has also expressed concern that ISIS could enter the U.S., saying the border is not secure. 'Political points' Muslim leaders say they fear that those claims, which have been dismissed by Department of Homeland Security officials, are being made to promote political agendas and could make the public suspicious of all Muslims. "It's a way for them to score political points," said Imraan Siddiqi, chairman of the Arizona branch of the Council of American Islamic Relations. Muslims, he said, have been equally "horrified" by the terrorist acts committed by members of ISIS, including the recent beheadings of two American journalists and a British aid worker. "Obviously every single Muslim out there condemns what ISIS is doing," Siddiqi said. Ahmad Shqeirat, the iman of the Tempe mosque, said, "I am not aware of any credited Muslim scholar or organization who sympathizes (with) ISIS terrorist actions." He noted that ISIS has killed many Muslims and that "Muslims are suffering from ISIS aggression, too." Muslim leaders say they are alarmed that some elected officials have linked the actions of extremist groups with Islam. Earlier this month, Oklahoma state Rep. John Bennett came under fire after he posted comments on his Facebook page saying "the Quran clearly states that non Muslims should be killed" and that Christians should be "wary of individuals claiming to be Muslim American," according to news reports. Local Muslim community leaders noted two recent incidents in New York that have raised concerns among Muslim-Americans. Earlier this month, two Arab-American civil-rights activists were attacked by a man who threatened to "cut your heads off like your people did to us," according to the New York Daily News. Also this month, the Daily News reported that a Pakistani family was attacked in New York by a man who yelled "What are you doing in my neighborhood? Get out, Arab," before throwing the husband to the ground. After the attacks, the New York office of CAIR urged Muslims to exercise caution in public spaces. Local Muslim community leaders say they are not aware of any recent anti-Muslim incidents in Arizona. Flake weighs in U.S. Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz., said he didn't think local Muslims needed to fear a new wave of reprisals as a result of the U.S. escalation against ISIS. He said opinions have been formed a long time ago and doubted ISIS would change any of them. "There have been extremists that have been around for a while, whether it's al-Qaida or ISIS or whatever," Flake said. "I don't know that it's worse than it was before in terms of stereotypes or opinions." Flake also says he doesn't put much credence into the speculation that ISIS extremists are poised to cross the border into the United States from Mexico. "Those who are in a position to know a little more have refuted that," Flake said Thursday. "I think we would have heard it from credible sources here if that were the case." McCain said that the border issue is a legitimate concern and that Homeland Security officials haven't ruled out the possibility. He also referred to a counter-terrorism operation in Australia that leaders there said thwarted an ISIS plan to behead a random citizen. "I, of course, know of no plot or information, but look at what just happened in Australia," McCain told The Arizona Republic on Thursday. "There is no doubt that the Internet has proved an extremely useful tool for ISIS to do recruiting. … They also can get on board an airliner and come into the United States, but they may be able to carry stuff across the border." Rep. Matt Salmon, R-Ariz., said he doubts the heightened awareness about ISIS will lead to Islamophobia. "We're at war with extremist jihadists, and not every Muslim is an extremist jihadist," Salmon said. "So, no, I don't believe that there is going to be some mass hysteria toward the Muslim population." Montgomery has refused requests by local Muslim leaders and the ACLU to cancel today's training session over concerns that it will be used to promote hate toward Muslims. On Thursday, Montgomery sent a three-page letter to ACLU legal director Don Pochoda defending his decision to continue with the training by Guandolo, called "Understanding the Threat." The purpose of the training, Montgomery wrote, is to help local law-enforcement officers and prosecutors understand how extremists who use language from the Quran to "justify their actions and inspire others to act accordingly" and avoid stereotyping Muslims in general. Some extremist groups also use the Bible to justify racist views and acts, he said in the letter. But he wouldn't consider training law-enforcement officers about these groups to "be detracting or defaming Christianity," Montgomery wrote. Even so, Jerry Cobb, Montgomery's spokesman, confirmed that Montgomery called Guandolo and asked him to remove a blog post branding the leaders of several local Islamic communities as "known MB," an apparent reference to the Egypt-based Muslim Brotherhood. "The county attorney immediately contacted him and expressed his concern, and they took it down," Cobb said.   Read More

Rep. Salmon Introduces Bill Empowering Local Governments to Reduce the Federal Debt


Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today announced a new bill that would encourage local communities to spend Community Development Block Grant awards responsibly while assisting the federal government with reining in our out-of-control debt. “I’m always surprised when I find new ways our federal bureaucracy makes it impossible to save money.  Recently, at the request of a local government, I was asked whether Community Development Block Grant money could be returned to the federal government for debt reduction.  I found the typical Washington mentality applies here too.  Municipalities that are fiscally responsible are actually encouraged to spend any surpluses on projects that are already complete—or the federal government will reallocate it toward projects elsewhere. “This bill would finally correct that disparity.  Once passed, when a grant recipient has finished a project under-budget, they will now be allowed to return those surplus funds to the federal treasury.  Even better, those dollars won’t be recycled into other government programs, but will instead immediately be used to reduce the federal debt.  This is a fiscally responsible proposal that would encourage local governments to end the use-it-or-lose-it approach to federal grant money and ultimately work to reduce our out-of-control debt.” 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 DAILY BEAST: No Labels’ Bid For The Big Time


Can No Labels influence the 2016 election? The much-hyped centrist organization didn’t make much of an impact in 2012 but, undeterred, the group held a major meeting in Washington on Wednesday to begin building a political platform. The bipartisan group, helmed jointly by one-time GOP presidential candidate Jon Huntsman and conservative West Virginia Democratic Senator Joe Manchin, brought together a dozen congressman, a couple of senators, and an array of distinguished residents of “this town” to frame what the group called its National Strategic Agenda. Huntsman said the goal of the group was to provide “substance to the satchel” of presidential candidates too busy worrying about the nitty-gritty of campaigning to focus on big picture ideas. To that end, the meeting focused on finding consensus among guests on issues like energy, immigration, education, Social Security, Medicare, and tax reform. The assembled congressmen first delivered a brief group presentation, moderated by CNN’s Dana Bash, to bemoan partisanship in Washington. They then joined other attendees at 20 or so tables in the sunny, spacious great hall of the United States Institute of Peace to try to reach agreement on these complicated issues. The goal was for three-quarters of each table to support one of what were usually two or three presented options on a certain issue. Then once all the responses were tallied, organizers announced what issues the group had reached a consensus on in an attempt to formulate this National Strategic Agenda. Attendees rallied behind rather benign ideas. The United States, they said, should “prioritize the flow of highly skilled or educated immigrants” into the country. They also agreed that “Social Security should be reformed to make it solvent and sustainable while also taking steps to increase private pensions and personal retirement savings,” and that “America’s K-12 public education is in crisis and needs radical reform.” These views reflected the opinions of the relatively diverse bipartisan group assembled. Because while there were plenty of politicians from swing districts or the more moderate wings of their respective parties, the group also included tea party conservatives, like Matt Salmon of Arizona, and ardent progressives, like Peter Welch of Vermont. The group’s National Strategic Agenda will be released in October 2015. And until then, No Labels—which is already backed by major corporate figures like Microsoft’s Steve Ballmer—is trying to build a centrist grassroots army as it develops its platform. While a final speaker asked for one last minute of attention before those attending got on their “planes or trains” back home, employees of the group handed out “commitment cards” where one could pledge to “introduce No Labels to stakeholders around the country.”   Read More

Rep. Salmon Statement Upon Today’s Vote To Fund the Government and Provide Aid to Free Syrian Army


Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) released the following statement addressing the Continuing Resolution, H.J. Res. 124, that passed the House of Representatives earlier today. “Our Constitution vests Congress with the ‘power of the purse.’  As such, I have long believed that funding our government by simply voting to continue current spending levels without oversight is not what our Founding Fathers intended when they signed our Constitution 227 years ago today.  Congress must get back to funding government by passing appropriations bills through regular order. “In addition to the fiscal irresponsibility of perpetually passing continuing resolutions to fund our government, I have grave concerns over the implications of passing an amendment that supports the President’s plan to fund, train, and arm Syrian rebel fighters.  By coming to the Congress only with the most contentious aspect of his ISIS strategy, the President shows that he only cares for Congress’ input when he seeks to avoid potential political pitfalls by diffusing responsibility. “Furthermore, like many Americans, I’m concerned over the President’s ability to positively differentiate between our allies and our adversaries in the Syrian conflict.  As we have seen in Iraq, arming a group of fighters is not wise if those individuals will either desert their posts or support the enemy they claim to oppose.  The President’s assurances that he knows who should be receiving our aid are not enough.  Congress has an obligation to ensure that our weapons are not used against U.S. forces or U.S. interests before we authorize their disbursement.  Two weeks ago, the President called the Free Syrian Army a ‘fantasy;’ now he wants them to be the tip of the spear in America’s ISIS strategy. “It is undeniable that ISIS poses a serious threat to the U.S. and our national interests.  As I stated last week after the President’s address, I stand ready to assist him in confronting and eliminating this threat, but only after he presents Congress with a full comprehensive strategy to defeat ISIS and asks for Congress’ full authorization of force.  By doing so, he will convince our allies that America stands ready to work with them in defeating threats to our freedom.  Nonetheless, the President must recognize that each day that passes without him working with Congress to show a unified front is another day wasted in eradicating Islamic extremists and achieving our objective of protecting America’s security.” 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

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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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