Brendan Smialowski, Agence France-Presse
45, Michigan — 8, D
A member of the national security staff in both the Bush and Obama administrations who has an extensive career in intelligence.
After finishing her undergraduate and graduate education, Elissa studied Arabic at the American University in Cairo and went on to become an analyst and intelligence briefer at the CIA. She then assumed leadership positions in the CIA before eventually serving on the National Security Council and in the U.S. State Department, overseeing policy for Africa, the Middle East, and Europe. After leaving the State Department in 2017, Elissa moved back to Michigan to own and operate a consulting firm before running for Congress.
Photo: Cornell Capa, JFK Library
43, Florida — 9, D