Donna Shalala - DEM Challenger

Financial Strength

Raised ($): $3,297,636

Cash on Hand ($): $5,973

% of the total DEM $ Raised: 100%

Cash on Hand v. Opponent (%):


A life long Democrat Donna has advocated from various govenmental posts for women’s rights, civil rights, increased access to health care, better education and schools, a clean sustainable environment, and a living wage. Donna was born in Cleveland, Ohio to migrants from Lebanon. Donna received her degree in history from Western College for Women and earned her Ph.D. degree from The Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University. She served as President of Hunter College of the City University of New York from 1980 to 1987 and as Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1987 to 1993. President Carter tapped Donna to serve as the Assistant Secretary for Policy Development and Research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Donna was appointed by President Bill Clinton to serve as the U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services where she served for eight years, becoming the longest serving HHS Secretary in U.S. history. At the end of her tenure, a Washington Post article described her as “one of the most successful government managers of modern times.” In 2008, the Council on Excellence in Government named her one of the greatest public servants of the past 25 years. Donna served as President of the Clinton Foundation from June 2015 to March 2017.