Elissa Slotkin

Education:B.A., Cornell University
M.A., Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs

Elissa Slotkin is representative-elect for Michigan's 8th Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. She is the former acting assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs under the Obama Administration.

Slotkin is a Michigan native who earned a Bachelor of Arts from Cornell University and a Master of Arts from Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs.

Between her undergraduate and graduate degrees, Slotkin spent several years working for non-profit organizations. After graduate school, she was recruited to join the Central Intelligence Agency as a Middle East analyst, serving three tours in Iraq over a span of five years. Those tours led to various defense and intelligence roles at the White House, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the State Department. She worked for President Bush as a member of his national security staff and was asked to stay on when President Obama took office. She then served in series of leadership roles at the Defense Department, and until January 2017, oversaw policy at the Pentagon on Russia, Europe, the Middle East and Africa as acting assistant secretary of defense.

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