Elissa Slotkin

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Elissa Slotkin
Elissa Slotkin.jpg
Member-elect of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Michigan's 8th district
Assuming office
January 3, 2019
SucceedingMike Bishop
Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs
In office
November 14, 2014 – January 20, 2017
PresidentBarack Obama
Preceded byDerek Chollet
Succeeded byKenneth Handelman (Acting)
Personal details
Born (1976-07-10) July 10, 1976 (age 42)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)David Moore
EducationCornell University (BA)
Columbia University (MA)
AwardsSecretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service

Elissa Slotkin (born July 10, 1976) is an American politician and former CIA analyst and the United States Representative-elect for Michigan's 8th Congressional District.[1]

Early life and education[edit]

Slotkin was born in New York City in 1976.[2] Slotkin spent her early life on a farm in Holly, roughly halfway between Flint and Detroit. She attended Cranbrook Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills.

She received a B.A. from Cornell University and an M.A. from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. She returned to Holly, where she registered a small consulting business.

Assistant Secretary of Defense[edit]

She played a leading role designing the counter-ISIS strategy and standing up the international coalition fighting in Iraq and Syria.[3][4]

Non-profit work[edit]

She frequently speaks on international security issues.[5][6]

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]


In July 2017, Slotkin announced her candidacy for the 8th District.[7] She has stated that she was motivated to challenge two-term Republican incumbent Mike Bishop when she saw him smile at a White House celebration after he and the Republicans in the House of Representatives voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act.[8]

She faced Michigan State University criminal justice professor Christopher Smith in the Democratic primary. On August 7, she defeated Smith, receiving 70.7% of the votes.

In November 2018, Slotkin defeated Bishop[1] with 50.6% of the vote. She will be the first Democrat to represent this district since 2001. The last Democrat to hold the seat, Debbie Stabenow, retired to make a successful run for the United States Senate. Her victory, and that of Haley Stevens in the neighboring 11th District meant that there will be no Republicans representing Oakland County in the House for the first time since the 1930s.

Personal life[edit]

Her husband Dave Moore retired as a Colonel after 30 years in the U.S. Army. He served as an Apache helicopter pilot in the First Gulf War, Korea, Kosovo, and served two tours during Operation Iraqi Freedom, where they met in Baghdad. They live in Slotkin's hometown of Holly.

Slotkin has two stepdaughters who serve as an Army officer and a physician.


  1. ^ a b "Democratic ex-CIA analyst Elissa Slotkin defeats Republican Rep. Mike Bishop to claim a Michigan congressional seat". Associated Press. Retrieved 2018-11-07.
  2. ^ "Candidate Conversation - Elissa Slotkin (D) | News & Analysis | Inside Elections". www.insideelections.com. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  3. ^ "WAR on TERROR w/CC: 1-13-17. Pentagon Press Update on Battle Against Violent Terrorist Groups". YouTube.
  4. ^ "13 Jan, 2017 #Pentagon Presser with Elissa Slotkin on #Raqqa 1 of 5". YouTube.
  5. ^ Hogan, John. "Elissa Slotkin". Aspen Security Forum. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  6. ^ "The Russian Bear on the Prowl". YouTube. Retrieved 14 June 2017.
  7. ^ "Former U.S. Defense official Elissa Slotkin announces Congressional run". MLive.com. Retrieved 2018-11-20.
  8. ^ "Democrat Elissa Slotkin tells of mother's ovarian cancer in new ad". Retrieved 2018-10-24.

 This article incorporates public domain material from the United States Government document "US Department of Defense".

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