Congresswoman Elissa Slotkin represents Michigan’s Eighth Congressional District, unseating a Republican incumbent in a district that voted for Trump by 7 points and had been represented by a Republican since 2001. Rep. Slotkin is a former intelligence and senior Pentagon official who served three tours in Iraq alongside the military, serving both Democratic and Republican administrations. Starting her career after 9/11, Rep. Slotkin served in the CIA, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the White House, State Department, and as Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs in the Obama Administration. She sits on the House Armed Services Committee, Veterans’ Affairs Committee and on the Homeland Security Committee.
During her five-year tenure at the Pentagon, Congresswoman Slotkin worked on security strategy and policy issues related to the Middle East, playing a critical role in counter-ISIS strategy and in advocating for the passage of the Iran nuclear deal. She also visited Israel regularly, and specifically worked on the Iron Dome and additional military systems that protect Israel. During this time, she formed close relationships with Israeli security officials that she continues to maintain. Rep. Slotkin is a strong supporter of the two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, having spent time in Israel and the West Bank prior to her government service. As a Jewish former government official who faced accusations of dual loyalty, she is also very concerned about rising anti-semitism. She cosponsored House Resolution 326, which reaffirmed Congress’s commitment to two-state solution and opposes settlement expansion and annexation.