Michelle Salzman

American politician

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Michelle Salzman
Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 1st district
Assumed office
November 3, 2020
Preceded by Mike Hill
Personal details
Born (1977-07-05) July 5, 1977 (age 46)
Texas, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse Phillip Salzman
Children 3
Alma mater Pensacola State College (AAS)
University of West Florida (BSBA)
Occupation Small business owner
Website Campaign website
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Branch/service  United States Army

Michelle Salzman (née Hisle,[1] born July 5, 1977)[2] is a Republican member of the Florida House of Representatives representing the state’s 1st District, which includes the northern portion of Escambia County.[2] She was elected to the seat in November 2020, after she defeated Democratic candidate Franscine Mathis in the general election.[3][4] Prior to that she defeated incumbent Mike Hill in the Republican primary in August 2020.[5]

Early life and career[edit]

Salzman was raised in Pensacola, Florida. After graduating high school in 1995, she says she joined the Army when she was 17 to escape an abusive home.[6][1] Salzman states that her father was an abusive alcoholic and her mother became addicted to opioids when she was in middle school; Salzman has stated that both of her parents died at an early age from opioid addiction.[7] On February 16, 2022, Salzman stated, while debating in support of an anti-abortion bill, that as a child, her uncle regularly sexually abused her and her sister.[8] She served as part of the NATO forces in Bosnia where she says she was raped by her commanding officer while deployed.[9] She got married in the Army, but separated after they had two children. She returned to Pensacola where she became an exotic dancer. She obtained an Associate of Applied Science degree from Pensacola State College[10]

Salzman earned her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of West Florida.[2]

Volunteering and politics[edit]

Salzman worked as an education chair for Pensacola Mayor Grover Robinson’s transition team and is a former County PTA President and member of the Florida PTA Board of Directors.[10]
Salzman served as a “Safe Schools Equality Index Advisory Member” through Equality Florida. The “Safe School Equality Index” is a comprehensive tool designed to assist Florida’s Department of Education, District Superintendents , School Board Members, PTA Leaders, District staff and partnering youth centered organizations to meet the rising needs of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender non-binary and questioning students in Florida’s K-12 schools.[11]

Florida House of Representatives[edit]

Salzman was elected to the Florida House of Representatives in 2020 after defeating incumbent Republican Mike Hill in the primary. She was subsequently re-elected in 2022, defeating Hill in a primary rematch.[12][13]

In March 2021, Salzman was accused by Representative Omari Hardy of calling Representative Webster Barnaby the chamber’s “token Black Republican.”[14] Salzman vehemently denied making the remark stating “It’s an absolute lie,”.[14]

In February 2022, Salzman was recorded explaining why she would not co-sponsor a Constitutional Carry bill in the Florida Legislature. The bill, HB 103 (2022), was not assigned to be heard in any committees or voted on.[15] In the video, Representative Salzman stated the bill would pass during the 2023 Legislative Session. On January 30, 2023 HB-543 was filed with Salzman as a co-sponsor. The bill passed the Florida House and Senate and was signed into law on April 3, 2023.[16] She was accused of threatening the group that published the recording by asking for the name of the person who recorded it for Florida Capitol Police.[17]

In April 2021, Salzman was quoted as saying that the issue holding her back from prioritizing the cleanup of a toxic landfill in her district was that the surrounding residents were Democrats.[18]

In October 2021, Salzman publicly supported the City of Pensacola’s decision to celebrate Indigenous Peoples Day, and attended the City’s ceremony. Salzman is a member of the Santa Rosa Band of the Lower Muskogee.[19]

Salzman condemned Hamas’s October 2023 attack on Israel and expressed her support for Israel and its right to self-defense.[20]

In 2024, Salzman was notified by the Florida Department of State that her campaign expenditures were being audited for several thousand dollars in irregularities.[21] The audit raised additional criticism of Salzman’s record of campaign contributions, including $47,500 from the law firm founded by Fred Levin, and contributions totaling $20,890.25 from the Lewis Bear Company alcohol distributorship.[22][23]

Controversy[edit]

On November 9, 2023, Democratic state Rep. Angie Nixon, who introduced a resolution calling for a ceasefire in the 2023 Israel–Hamas war and the release of hostages by Hamas, broke out in tears amid mounting civilian casualties in Gaza. Nixon asked those present in the Florida House, “We are at 10,000 dead Palestinians, how many will be enough?”. Salzman then interrupted, saying, “All of them.” Nixon responded by mentioning her comment, saying “One of my colleagues just said all of them, wow.”[24][25][26] Salzman initially called the controversy “fake”, but then said in a statement: “I am so incredibly sorry for even the slightest of suggestions that I would want an entire community erased. My comments were unapologetically towards the Hamas regime- I never said Palestine.”[27]

Committees[edit]

(2023)[28]

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee, Vice Chair
  • Health & Human Services Committee, Republican Committee Whip
    • Healthcare Regulation Subcommittee
  • Rules Committee

(2024)[29]

  • Appropriations Committee
    • Health Care Appropriations Subcommittee
  • Health & Human Services Committee
    • Healthcare Regulation Subcommittee, Chair
  • Rules Committee

Electoral history[edit]

2022[edit]

Florida House 1st district Republican primary election, 2022[30]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michelle Salzmam (incumbent) 13,713 65.01%
Republican Mike Hill 7,382 34.99%
Total votes 21,095 100%
Florida House 1st district general election, 2022[31]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michelle Salzman 43,026 69.27%
Democratic Franscine C. Mathis 19,087 30.73%
Total votes 62,113 100%
Republican hold

2020[edit]

Florida House 1st district Republican primary election, 2020[32]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michelle Salzman 11,081 52.48%
Republican Mike Hill (incumbent) 10,032 47.52%
Total votes 21,113 100%
Florida House 1st district general election, 2020[33]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Michelle Salzman 57,363 65.30%
Democratic Franscine C. Mathis 30,485 34.70%
Total votes 87,848 100%
Republican hold

Personal life[edit]

Salzman has three children, two from her previous marriage[10] and one with her husband Phil, with whom she lives in Escambia County.[2]

See also[edit]

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Preceded by

Member of the Florida House of Representatives
from the 1st district

2020–present
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