Matt Salmon

Key Facts

Party Republican
Status Non-incumbent

Background

Matt Salmon earned a Bachelor’s degree at Arizona State University in 1981 and a Master’s degree from Brigham Young University in 1986. He then worked as the Public Affairs Manager at telecommunications firm US West in Arizona. From 1991-1995, Salmon served in the Arizona State Senate, and afterwards in the U.S. House of Representatives until 2001. Since then, he has held professional positions including Chairman of the Arizona Republican Party, Lobbyist for the firm Greenberg Traurig, and President of the software company Comptel, leading up to his most recent time serving in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2015, Salmon co-founded the House Freedom Caucus. 
Matt Salmon is a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association. He is 100% pro-life. During his time served in Congress, Salmon has voted for legislation that bans gay marriage, moderately increases environmental protection, prohibits abortion, and the assistance or education of it, and and cuts taxes[4]. Additionally, he has introduced a bill to limit unwarranted searches and protect privacy of personal technology uses.

Key Issues

Education and Economy

Salmon wants to advocate for better vocational training programs in order to strengthen the workforce. He believes in implementing comprehensive early literacy programs for students. His education goals include increasing access to technology for all students, strengthening STEM programs in schools, and reforming standardized testing to better measure understanding of core subjects. Furthermore, he believes in prohibiting the teaching of Critical Race Theory in schools. Salmon also wants to provide teachers with funds and resources necessary to meet student needs[1]. He has stated multiple times that he doesn’t support teacher unions because he doesn’t believe they significantly help teachers. However, he would like to directly support teachers. His plans include creating more flexible hours and holidays for teachers, increasing teacher salary with merit pay and signing bonuses, and implementing reform to assist aspiring teachers from the private sector[3]. Salmon believes that strengthening the education system is the key to strengthening the economy, and details programs to accomplish his economic goals[1].

Law Enforcement

Matt Salmon supports strengthening Arizona law enforcement by redistributing roles such as assisting with mental health crisies to other professionals instead of police. He also wants to reallocate and increase funding towards law enforcement, and increase protection for on-duty officers. He supports focusing on border security by labeling cartels as terrorist organizations and combatting them[1].

Election Security

Matt Salmon wants to focus on election security through plans to require voter identification for all ballots, equally distribute polling places to cut wait times, and ban election officials if they violate an election law[1].

Endorsements

Salmon is endorsed by numerous Republican politicians, including U.S. Representative Andy Biggs, U.S. Representative Jim Jordan, U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, U.S. Senator Cynthia Lummis, U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham, and U.S. Representative David Schweikart.

Sources

1 MattSalmonForAZ
2 Ballotpedia
3 Azcentral
4 OnTheIssues