Maria (Maria) Elvira Salazar (R-USH27)
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Capitol: 202.225.3931
FAX: 202.225.1776
District: 305.668.2285
Room 2162 RHOB- Rayburn House Office Building 50 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20515-0927

Residence: Miami, FL
Elected: 2020    Next Election: 2024
Spouse: Lester Woerner   DOB: 11/1/1961
Committee Assignments
Co-ChairAmericans Abroad Caucus
FC MemberCongressional HUBZone Caucus
Co-ChairTuberculosis Elimination Caucus
Co-ChairDominican Republic Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional Caucus Against Foreign Corruption and Kleptocracy (CAFCAK)
ChairmanHouse Subcommittee on Western Hemisphere
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Global Health, Global Human Rights, and International Organizations
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Contracting and Infrastructure
MemberHouse Subcommittee on Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Workforce Development
FC MemberFlood Resilience Caucus
FC MemberLatino-Jewish Congressional Caucus
Co-ChairCongressional America 250 Caucus
FC MemberCentral America Caucus
FC MemberNational Marine Sanctuary Caucus
FC MemberUnexploded Ordnance (UXO)/Demining Caucus
MemberHouse Committee on Small Business
FC MemberMaternity Care Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Hispanic Conference
FC MemberEntrepreneurship Caucus
FC MemberCongressional Caucus for Women's Issues (House)
MemberHouse Committee on Foreign Affairs
FC MemberProblem Solvers Caucus (No Labels)
FC MemberRepublican Governance Group (Tuesday Group)
FC MemberConservative Climate Caucus


Congresswoman Maria Elvira Salazar proudly represents Florida's 27th Congressional District, passionately serving the people of South Florida. She currently serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as well as the House Committee on Small Business. Congresswoman Salazar is committed to acting tirelessly in defense of individual rights and liberties, spearheading economic development and job training efforts, and promoting environmental resiliency in her community. She is well-known for her advocacy for Human Rights and democracy around the world, especially for the people of Cuba, Venezuela, Bolivia, and Nicaragua, as well as for her unabashed support of our global and regional partners such as Israel, Colombia, and Taiwan.

Congresswoman Salazar is a five-time Emmy Award-winning journalist- she has spent her career holding the corrupt and powerful accountable. Congresswoman Salazar has gone toe-to-toe with Venezuela's Nicolas Maduro, Chile's Augusto Pinochet, and most notably Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, being the only US Spanish-language journalist to ever interview the tyrant one-on-one. Starting at the age of 22, she has worked for every major US Spanish-language broadcasting network- Telemundo, Univision, AmericaTeve, MegaTV, and CNN en Espanol.

Salazar was born in Miami's Little Havana neighborhood, the daughter of Cuban exiles. She studied at the Deerborne School of Coral Gables and graduated from Miami Dade College. Salazar holds a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Miami and a Master of Public Administration from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Congresswoman Salazar currently resides in Miami with her husband, Lester Woerner, and her two daughters, Nicoletta and Martina.