Donna Shalala


Donna is working to improve the lives of Floridians and she's ready to go with these day one priorities.

Secretary Shalala believes climate change is the biggest planetary challenge we face in the 21stCentury, and for South Florida it is a dire existential threat.

Today, for too many working families, the American dream is slipping away.  Low wage jobs, wage stagnation and high health care cost have forced many people to work harder than ever, not to get ahead but just to survive.

Donna Shalala will work to mend our immigration system so that America can remain a beacon of hope to the world. The granddaughter of immigrants from Lebanon, Donna is proud of our heritage as a nation of immigrants and believes that we must continue to welcome those seeking better opportunities for themselves and their families with fairness, dignity, and compassion.

As the longest-serving Secretary of Health and Human Services in American history, Donna Shalala is one of America’s foremost experts on health care.

Donna Shalala is uniquely qualified to hit the ground running, with decades of experience in improving America’s health. She'll continue working towards universal, high-quality, affordable health care for Floridians and all Americans.

Donna Shalala is calling for immediate action to reduce gun violence in our country.

She was part of the team that pushed the 1994 assault weapons ban, and knows that we can do it again. In addition to banning assault weapons, she believes in expanding background checks by closing the gun show, internet sales, and “Charleston” loopholes, and increasing access to mental health services.

Donna Shalala supports the Second Amendment and comes from a family of hunters. Law-abiding Americans should have access to firearms for sporting and self-defense. This is about common sense measures to prevent more tragedies from happening.

Inadequate and outdated transportation infrastructure is crippling to the long-term viability of our community, hampering the economy and undermining the quality of life of Miami-Dade residents.

Donna Shalala is committed to promoting innovative solutions to help alleviate traffic concerns and will fight for the resources to improve local infrastructure - including roads, bridges, mass transit options, airports and seaports - allowing efficient movement of people and goods throughout our region.

Donna Shalala has been a leader in the ongoing fight for women’s rights and equality throughout her career. While we have made significant progress, too many barriers and inequalities remain. In Congress, Donna Shalala will continue to be an outspoken voice for women by working to close the gender pay gap, defending women’s health and fighting any attempt to roll back women’s reproductive freedom, addressing violence against women by fighting for legislation that protects and assists victims of sexual harassment, rape, and domestic abuse, while punishing the perpetrators to the fullest extent of the law.