Freedom Force (United States Congress)
The Freedom Force is an informal coalition of several Republican members of the U.S. House Of Representatives established in 2021. It was first coined by Maria Elvira Salazar of Florida and comprises Salazar, Carlos A. Giménez, and Byron Donalds of Florida, Nicole Malliotakis of New York, Michelle Steel of California, Victoria Spartz of Indiana, Burgess Owens of Utah, and Stephanie Bice of Oklahoma.
It has been described as a conservative alternative to the progressive group, The Squad, which was established by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA).
Both the Freedom Force and The Squad began as groupings of then freshman class members. While all members of the Squad are under 50 years of age, members of the Freedom Force range from 40 to 69 years of age. In addition, while all members of the Squad represent safe, solidly Democratic congressional districts that have a Cook Partisan Voting Index (PVI) score above D+20, members of the Freedom Force represent competitive districts, with each individual’s 2020 race being decided by a few percentage points. Byron Donalds is the lone exception, who won his election with over 60% of the vote.
At the moment, the Freedom Force is majority-female by a 5 to 3 margin. It is also majority-minority, with three Hispanic-Americans (Salazar, Gimenez, and Malliotakis), two African-Americans (Donalds and Owens), one Korean-American (Steel), one Ukrainian immigrant (Spartz), and the first Iranian member of Congress (Bice). Members of the Freedom Force denounce socialism and support small businesses. They also oppose the Green New Deal and oppose court-packing.
|Member||Born||Party||District||CPVI||Prior experience||Education||Assumed office|
Maria Elvira Salazar
|November 1, 1961
|Republican||Florida 27||D+5||Journalist, broadcast television anchor||Miami Dade College
University of Miami (BA)
Harvard University (MPA)
Carlos A. Giménez
|January 17, 1954
|Barry University (BPA)|
|October 28, 1978
Brooklyn, New York
Florida House of Representatives
|Florida State University (BS)|
|November 11, 1980
New York City, New York
|New York 11||R+3||Member,
New York State Assembly
|Seton Hall University (BA)|
Wagner College (MBA)
|June 21, 1955
Seoul, South Korea
Orange County Board of Supervisors
|Pepperdine University (BA)|
University of Southern California (MBA)
|October 6, 1978
Nosivka, Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic
|Kyiv National Economic University (BS, MBA)|
Indiana University, Indianapolis (MAcc)
|August 2, 1951
|Utah 4||R+13||Non-profit executive, National Football League player||University of Miami (BS)|
|November 11, 1973
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
|Oklahoma State University, Stillwater (BS)|
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