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FL-27: Donna Shalala

Renowned Public Servant Donna Shalala for Florida’s 27th Congressional District

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Donna Shalala is ready to go, on Day One! Having won a hard-fought primary, she is in the position to help Democrats pick up a House seat. She’s running for the seat moderate Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen vacated, in a district Hillary Clinton won by 20 points in 2016.

Born in Ohio of Lebanese immigrants who came to pursue the American Dream, she’s been in government service for much of her career. However, she started as a professor of politics and education at Columbia University, then served as President of Hunter College. President Carter then tapped Shalala to serve as an Assistant Secretary in HUD, and President Clinton appointed her as the Secretary of Health and Human Services. The Washington Post described her as “one of the most successful government managers of modern times” and the Council on Excellence in Government named her one of the greatest public servants in the past 25 years. Not surprisingly, President George W Bush appointed her to co-chair a Government Commission on Returning Wounded Warriors. For this, the President awarded her the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Donna is an advocate for girls and women —  a founding member of Emily’s List in 1985 — and works to improve global health, create greater economic opportunities both at home and abroad, and address effects of climate change. She has lived in South Florida for 17 years, where she was President of the private University of Miami from 2001-2015.  With our democratic values under attack, her experience makes her able to get things done starting on Day One. See more about her at