Elissa Slotkin, U.S. Representative for Michigan

Elissa Slotkin

U.S. Representative for Michigan

Elissa Blair Slotkin was born in July 1976  in New York City. She attended Cranbrook KingSwood School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan, earned a BA in sociology from Cornell University and an MA from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs. 

After graduate school, she was recruited to the Central Intelligence Agency. She is fluent in Arabic and Swahili, and served three tours in Iraq as a CIA analyst. During the George W. Bush administration, she worked on the Iraq portfolio for the National Security Council. She worked for both the State Department and Department of Defense during the Obama administration. She was acting assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs for two years. 

She left the Defense Department in 2017 and moved to her family’s farm in Michigan, and opened a consulting business. She has served on the Transatlantic Task Force of the German Marshall Fund and another German foundation. 

She has been a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since January 2019. 

She is married to Dave Moore and has two stepdaughters. She is Jewish. 

In the News…

Several weeks ago, members of the House of Representatives struck funding for replenishing Israel’s Iron Dome from the Defense Authorization Act. A couple of days later, a stand-alone bill was passed that gave the funds for the major Israeli defense against incoming missiles and rockets. 

Representative Elissa Slotkin of Michigan commented about the decision of some of her colleagues to remove the provision. “Iron Dome is a purely ‘defensive’ system—it protects civilians when hundreds of rockets are shot at population centers,” she stated.  “Whatever your views on the Israeli-Pal conflict, using a system that just saved hundreds, if not thousands, of lives as a political chit is problematic. 

“Iron Dome, like other missile defense systems, was co-developed by the US and Israel. The research that went into the design of this system is shared between our two countries and can be used to protect our bases abroad, in addition to Israeli civilians in their homes,” she continued, adding that the funding now in question “isn’t new … or unusual … or a precipitous increase …” 

“So to target Iron Dome now means the issue isn’t a genuine concern over the system, but rather the desire to attack something – anything – related to the State of Israel; it’s devoid of substance and irresponsible.”  

She did not mention any members of her party by name who are consistently responsible for questioning American support of Israel. 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Representative Slotkin today?  You can let her know at:

The Honorable Elissa Slotkin 
Representative for Michigan 
1210 Longworth House Office Building 
Washington, DC 20515 


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