Donna Shalala

Susan Wild



RACE: Won the election for the open seat of retiring Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen.

VOTING RECORD:, Project VoteSmart



PARTY: Democrat

BORN: 2/14/1941

EDUCATION: Western College (BA), Syracuse (MA, PhD)

OCCUPATION: Professor; Non-Profit Director

RELIGION: Maronite Catholic

FAMILY: Single


  • Candidate, United States House of Representatives, FL-27, 2018
  • U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services, 1993-2001


  • Committee on Education and Labor 
  • House Rules Committee




  • Committed to a strong U.S.-Israel relationship.
  • Committed to a two-state solution, and believes the U.S. plays a critical role in that process.
  • Actively worked agains BDS, specifically the boycott of Israeli scholars and educators in the U.S. while the President of Miami University.
  • Committed to peace and stability in the region.



  • Will protect Planned Parenthood from defunding.
  • Believes in a woman's right to choose.
  • Supports paid family leave, contraceptive access and workplace protections.
  • Promoted the passage of the Violence Against Women Act while Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Will fight against any rollbacks of women's reproductive rights and freedoms


In Her Own Words

"Three percent of Planned Parenthood’s work involves abortion, a service that is legal in this country and is not supported by taxpayer dollars. While people may disagree over abortion policy, we cannot allow our differences to undermine the other services provided by this irreplaceable network" 1 

“I joined the presidents of the major American universities to denounce the boycott of Israeli academics. I sent a personal letter to the presidents of universities here, as did the other presidents, promising there would be no boycott in the United States and that Israeli scholars would always be welcome in the U.S.” 2

SOURCES: 1)   2) The Jerusalem Post


Interesting Facts

In 1987 became the first woman to lead a Big Ten school a the Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin - Madison.

Served as President of the Clinton Foundation from 2015-2017.

Awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President George W. Bush for her "leadership and determination to ensure that all Americans can enjoy lives in hope, promise and dignity."