B.A. in Communications, University of Miami; Master’s of Public Administration, Harvard University
KEY HEALTH LINK
Salazar witnessed and covered of the trauma and injuries resulting from the Salvadoran Civil War.
Never held elected office
2020 ELECTION CONTEXT
After an unsuccessful bid for the same congressional seat in 2018, Salazar again secured the GOP nomination in Florida’s 27th district with 79% of the vote in the primary. In the general election, she ousted incumbent and former HHS Secretary Donna Shalala, who had beaten her in the 2018 race. Both were very close races.
Donna Shalala (D), defeated in re-election bid
MOST RECENT PROFESSION
Nightly News Anchor, Mega TV
Salazar is a broadcast journalist with a three-decade career at Spanish-language networks Telemundo, Mega TV, CNN Español and Univision. Salazar spent three years covering the Salvadoran Civil War.
On The Issues
Salazar supports social distancing and mask wearing to prevent the spread of the virus. Salazar supports additional direct relief for those economically affected by COVID-19, with an eye toward restoring employment.
Salazar says she would support the repeal of the ACA, but only if a viable alternative were presented that also protected coverage for those with pre-existing conditions and allowed adults up to 26 years old to stay on their parents' plan. She says the best way to reduce premiums is to “allow the forces of the free market to invade” the health care industry. Salazar supports allowing individuals and families to buy health insurance across state lines. She vows to protect Medicare.
MENTAL HEALTH AND ADDICTION
When running for office in 2018, Salazar linked gun violence to mental health: "To ensure their safety, one of my first acts as Congresswoman, I will introduce legislation to create an Early Intervention and Prevention Center (EIPC) in every public school in the country with the task of identifying mental health issues in our students before they become critical and lead to tragic consequences."
Salazar is very critical of abuses by "big pharma." She supports proposals to allow the government to negotiate drug prices to lower the high cost of medications and to import drugs from Canada and Mexico.
VETERANS HEALTH CARE
Salazar is pro-life but believes exceptions should be made for the life of the mother and in cases of incest or rape.
OTHER HEALTH CARE ISSUES
DID YOU KNOW?
Salazar is the daughter of Cuban exiles and spent part of her childhood in Puerto Rico. She has won five Emmy Awards for her reporting on Nicaragua, Cuba and Santo Domingo.