Maria Elvira Salazar

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Maria Elvira Salazar
U.S. Representative from Florida's 27th Congressional District
From: January 3, 2021 – present
Predecessor Donna Shalala
Successor Incumbent (no successor)
Party Republican
Spouse(s) Renzo Maietto (1999-2010)
Religion Christian (formerly a Roman Catholic)[1]

Maria Elvira Salazar, born November 1, 1961 (age 62), is the Republican representative for Florida's 27th congressional district in the House of Representatives. She was elected in 2020, defeating Democrat Donna Shalala in a major upset.[2] She previously lost to Shalala in the 2018 Midterms in her bid then to replace retiring RINO Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. Salazar is also a RINO, who supports gun control, amnesty for illegal aliens, and Volodymyr Zelenskyy's agenda of U.S. intervention in the Russia-Ukraine conflict.

Early life and education

Elvira Salazar was born in 1961 to Cuban exiles in Miami, Florida. Being bilingual since growing up in the Little Havana neighborhood of the city, part of her early life was spent in Puerto Rico. She graduated from the University of Miami in 1985, and later earned a degree from Harvard.

United States House of Representatives

2018 election

After longtime RINO Ileana Ros-Lehtinen announced in late April 2017 that she would retire rather than seek re-election in the 2018 Midterms,[3] Elvira Salazar declared her run for the open seat. The district was carried by Hillary Clinton in the 2016 U.S. presidential election by a twenty-point margin.[4]

Elvira Salazar won the Republican primary to face Democrat nominee Donna Shalala, a former president of the corrupt Clinton Foundation, in the general election.[5] While backed by Ros-Lehtinen, who was popular in the majority-Hispanic district, she lost in what was expected to be a likely flip for the Democratic Party.[6] However, Shalala's inability to speak Spanish in the heavily Cuban-American district proved to be a weakness compared to Elvira Salazar's popularity as a television host and her ability to speak Spanish well.[7]

2020 election

Elvira Salazar announced in August 2019 her run against incumbent Rep. Shalala in the 2020 elections.[8] She easily won the Republican primary to face the former Clinton crony in the general election.[9] Several "expert" election ratings sites including the Cook Political Report rated the race as "Likely Democrat".[10]

In a debate held on October 25, 2020, Elvira Salazar called out Shalala for being a career politician and focused heavily on local issues.[11]

Elvira Salazar, again being able to connect with voters better in an election cycle that was more favorable for Republicans,[12] won the general election narrowly over Shalala.[2]


After testing positive for the CCP virus days before being expected to take office,[13] Elvira Salazar announced that she would miss the swearing-in ceremony held on January 3, 2021.[14] She soon took office after fully recovering.

In one of her first roll call votes, Elvira Salazar voted against the sham Democrat impeachment against President Trump over the false presumption that he's supposedly responsible for the 2021 attack of the Capitol.[15]

In mid-January 2021, House Minority Whip Steve Scalise named Elvira Salazar as one of his assistant whips.[16]

Elvira Salazar was the subject of misleading/false Democrat smears in mid-March 2021, with leftists claiming that she was attempting to take credit for the massive $1.9 trillion coronavirus bill she opposed.[17] However, the bill she lauded was separate legislation she introduced.[18][19][20]

Political positions

Despite preaching conservative views, Salazar is liberal on the Second Amendment, LGBT "rights", and climate alarmism.[21] She has also stated support for


Described as being pro-life by the Catholic News Agency,[22] Elvira Salazar has stated:[23]

As a Christian and a mother, I believe in a culture that values and nurtures all life, from birth to natural death. As your congresswoman, I will protect the life of the unborn and also the life and health of the mother.

Climate alarmism

During a 2018 debate, Salazar expressed her openness to an environmentalist-favored carbon tax.[21][24]

Gun rights

Salazar has been described as "moderate" on the Second Amendment,[25] though has expressed consideration for supporting an "assault weapons" ban.[21]


A strong supporter of Israel,[1] Salazar has been praised by the Republican Jewish Coalition and received the support of many rabbis after connecting with the Jewish community in her district.

LGBT “rights”

In her 2018 run, Salazar campaigned as a supporter of the homosexual "rights" movement.[26]


Salazar voted in favor of both the Dream Amnesty Bill and the Farm Amnesty Bill.[27][28]

She also supports what she calls "dignity", a form of amnesty that allows illegals to stay in the country and work legally, as well as giving them a path to legal citizenship.[29]

Donald Trump

Despite receiving President Trump's endorsement in 2020, Salazar has proven to be disloyal to him. She was one of thirty-five Republicans to vote for the Partisan Hack resolution calling for an Investigation on Capitol Hill.[30]

Tucker Carlson Tonight appearance

On March 16, 2022, Salazar appeared on an episode of Tucker Carlson Tonight, hosted by Tucker Carlson on the Fox News Channel, to discuss her stances on a no-fly zone in Ukraine and immigration after a video clip was posted of her saying she would be open to the U.S. shooting down Russian aircraft in Ukraine. After Carlson criticized her pro-war rhetoric on the conflict, she stated that while she still viewed a no-fly zone as a possibility, she believed America should "give Zelenskyy exactly what he’s asking for. No troops on the ground. Let’s give him the MiGs and S 300s, what he needs to defend his own airspace". As most Floridian politicians do, Salazar brought up Cuba and communism to support her argument, briefly mentioning the Bay of Pigs debacle. Carlson quickly interrupted her, saying "Stop, I’m sorry, I’m not going to take the anti-communist lecture from anybody because of course I agree with you. By the way, I hope that you’re not speaking for, quote, ‘Cuban Americans’, but for all Americans, because it’s not a racial question, it’s a question of national interest." After a few minutes of debating the subject, Salazar then said she wanted to clarify her views on border policy. She claimed Carlson's assertion that she supported open borders was wrong, then unsuccessfully tried to explain how the legislation she proposed was not amnesty or path to citizenship.[31]

Personal life

Salazar currently resides in Miami with her two daughters. Raised as a Roman Catholic, she later became a born-again Christian at the age of 18.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Kassel, Matthew (December 8, 2020). Second time’s the charm for South Florida’s Maria Elvira Salazar. Jewish Insider. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Multiple references:
  3. Lush, Tamara (April 30, 2017). Rep. Ros-Lehtinen, 1st Cuban-American in Congress, to retire. Associated Press. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
  4. Wasserman, David; Flin, Ally (April 7, 2017). Introducing the 2017 Cook Political Report Partisan Voter Index. Cook Political Report. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
  5. Two references:
  6. Rivero, Daniel (November 6, 2018). Maria Elvira Salazar Loses Race But Keeps Her Head High. WLRN. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
  7. Clark, Leslie (October 7, 2018). Everybody knows her name, but Donna Shalala is finding it difficult to get to Congress. McClatchy DC Bureau. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
  8. Daugherty, Alex; Smiley, David (August 1, 2019). Salazar seeks 2020 rematch with Shalala, mistakenly directs voters to opponent’s website. Miami Herald. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
  9. Bikales, James (August 18, 2020). Shalala to face Salazar in Florida rematch. The Hill. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
  10. 2020 House Race Ratings. Cook Political Report. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
  11. Facing South Florida: Rep. Donna Shalala Debates Challenger Maria Elvira Salazar. CBS Miami via YouTube. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
  12. Longtime Health Advocate Donna Shalala Loses House Reelection Race. Physician's Weekly. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
  13. Axelrod, Tal (December 31, 2020). Florida Rep.-elect Elvira Salazar tests positive for COVID-19. The Hill. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
  14. Maria Elvira Salazar to miss swearing-in ceremony after testing positive for coronavirus. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
  15. South Florida Reps. Split Along Party Lines on Trump Impeachment Vote. NBC 6. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
  16. Nicol, Ryan (January 19, 2021). Maria Elvira Salazar named assistant whip for House GOP. Florida Politics. Retrieved January 24, 2021.
  17. Brennan, David (March 14, 2021). GOP Blasted for 'Shameful' Attempts to Claim Credit for COVID Relief. Newsweek. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  18. Taylor, Kristinn (March 14, 2021). Journalists and Twitter Falsely Accuse GOP Congresswoman of Voting Against COVID Small Business Relief Bill She Introduced This Month. The Gateway Pundit. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  19. HR 1319 - American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 - National Key Vote. Vote Smart. Retrieved March 14, 2021.
  21. Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; no text was provided for refs named Salazar_casts_herself_as_moderate_Republican_open_to_carbon_tax.2C_assault_weapons_ban
  22. Florida pro-life candidate unseats former Clinton HHS secretary in House race. Catholic News Agency. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  23. Voit, Nathalie (November 16, 2020). Meet 14 New Pro-Life Women Elected to Congress. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  24. Nicol, Ryan (October 12, 2018). New Maria Elvira Salazar ad: ‘Our environment’ depends on this election. Florida Politics. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  25. Manjarres, Javier (May 6, 2020). House Democrat Shalala wants gun owners to disarm at home. Floridian Press. Retrieved January 25, 2021.
  26. Fouriezos, Nick (September 26, 2018). Former Univision Anchor Makes Waves in Miami as Pro-LGBT Republican. OZY. Retrieved January 25, 2021.

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