Freshman U.S. Rep. María Elvira Salazar, R-Fla., announced this week that she will sit on the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee.
Salazar said she would use the post to advance freedom around the globe.
“My community is home to thousands of men and women who fled tyranny and oppression. For over 30 years, I dedicated my career in journalism to covering the brutality, cruelty, and inhumanity of the socialist dictatorships that have destroyed so many nations throughout the world. As the daughter of exiles who fled the evil Castro regime, it is the honor of a lifetime to serve on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and fight for our American values of freedom, democracy, and respect for human rights,” she said. “South Floridians truly understand the value of freedom and democracy. I will fight tirelessly to stand-up to the brutal regimes in Cuba, Venezuela, and Nicaragua and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our allies like Israel, Colombia, and Taiwan.”
U.S. Rep. Michael McCaul, R-Tex., who leads Republicans on the committee, welcomed her to his team.
“I am pleased to welcome Congresswoman María Elvira Salazar to the House Foreign Affairs Committee,” said McCaul. “María has great experience in foreign policy, including her Emmy Award-winning career in journalism where she went toe-to-toe with Latin-America’s most ruthless tyrants. She will be an important voice on our committee, and I look forward to working closely with her to advance U.S. interests around the world.”
Salazar represents parts of Miami-Dade County including most of the city of Miami. She defeated U.S. Rep. Donna Shalala, D-Fla., in November.
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