Congresswoman ELISSA SLOTKIN
Michigan’s 8th District
Service: Central Intelligence Agency
Rep. Slotkin has spent her career in national service. She brings the same mission-focus that guided her through 14 years as a CIA officer and Pentagon official to her service on behalf of residents of Michigan’s 8th Congressional district — transcending partisan politics in order to take action on the issues affecting Michiganders every day.
Rep. Slotkin was in her first week of graduate school in New York City when the 9/11 attacks took place. On that day she knew that national service would define her career. She was recruited to join the Central Intelligence Agency as a Middle East analyst, and within a year was deployed to Iraq to serve alongside the military. Her three tours in a combat zone led to various defense and intelligence roles, including at the White House and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence. She worked for President Bush as a member of the National Security Council staff and was asked to stay on when President Obama took office. She took on a series of leadership roles at the Defense Department, including serving as Acting Assistant Secretary of Defense, where she negotiated some of the Pentagon’s most sensitive national security matters from the fight against ISIS to the U.S. response to Russian aggression. Slotkin serves on the House Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees in Congress. She lives on her family farm in Holly, Michigan with her husband Dave, a retired Army officer and Apache pilot.