Commencement Speaker - Congressman Matt Salmon
Matt Salmon was elected to the United States Congress on November 6, 2012 to represent the people of Arizona’s 5th Congressional District. Matt was appointed by his peers to serve on the House Foreign Affairs Committee and serves as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He also serves on the House Committee on Education and the Workforce and is a member of the Subcommittee on Higher Education and Workforce Training.
Matt attended public school in Mesa, Arizona and graduated from Arizona State University with a bachelor's degree in English literature and a Masters in Public Administration from Brigham Young University.
After completing his education, Matt spent thirteen years in the telecommunications industry in Arizona.
In 1990, Matt was elected to the Arizona State Senate, where he served from 1991 until 1995. During this time, he served as Assistant Majority Leader and Chairman of the Rules Committee.
In 1994, Matt was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives, where he served three terms. As the only Member of Congress fluent in Mandarin, along with his position on the International Relations Committee, Matt led multiple U.S. delegations to China, one of which secured the release of political prisoner Song Yongyi.
In 2012, Arizona reelected him to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Matt has spent the last 33 years happily married to his best friend, Nancy. They are the proud parents of four children and the proud grandparents of five grandchildren.