Donna Shalala

(Donna Edna Shalala)

Donna Shalala
Donna Shalala
  • Born: February 14, 1941
  • Nationality: American
  • Profession: Public Servant









Donna Edna Shalala is an American politician who is currently the U.S. Representative for Florida's 27th congressional district. She previously served as the United States Secretary of Health and Human Services under President Bill Clinton from 1993 to 2001. She was the president of the University of Miami, a private university in Coral Gables, Florida, from 2001 through 2015. Previously she was the chancellor of the University of Wisconsin–Madison from 1988 to 1993. Shalala served as Trustee Professor of Political Science and Health Policy at the University of Miami, and was President of the Clinton Foundation from 2015 to March 2017. Shalala was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018.

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Asking the government to help you for short periods of time is different than asking the government to take care of you for the rest of your life. Life ;Time ;Government
But for me, it is when a student has died. I find the death of a young person the most difficult and painful of times. To explain it to other young people, to see a bright future snuffed out, is just awful. I am haunted by those deaths. Future ;Death
But I have a driver, so I can return calls while I'm in the car.
By putting people around me who will calm me down and slow me down and make sure I work through an issue. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Every year, I am reminded of the kids who aren't in the freshman class and aren't graduating. I remember every single one of them. That is the worst of times for me, to see the future snuffed out. Future
Higher education is one of few areas where this country competes with the rest of the world and wins. The best of American higher education outstrips any in the world. Look where the rest of the world goes for higher education, for graduate degrees. They come here. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
I am interested in getting people to use the healthcare system at the right time, getting them to see the doctor early enough, before a small health problem turns serious. Time ;Health, Healthcare & Medicine
I bring other constituencies - I also have ties to minority communities. And obviously, to the world of world-class research universities. So I can bring some constituencies that I'm used to working with.
I get to work at about 7:30 or 8 unless I have a breakfast meeting. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I have always hired people of different ages. Young people and older people. People in their 70s and in their 20s. People who are fully capable of talking back to me.
I have long ties to the women's community. Women
I have to admit, in January and February I was in an absolute fuzz. I had no one on board. It wasn't that I didn't know what I was doing, but we didn't have all the pieces put together.
I think anyone that thought that we were coming in as a bunch of liberal Democrats to deliver more large-scale social programs was nuts. I sure didn't expect it.
I think President Bush tried to step up on Social Security even though the polls showed that was unpopular. He has not been successful and backed off, but I admire people who take on big problems.
I try to deal with my serious reading before work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I would argue that we have a generation of young people, particularly minorities, who are no longer putting up with the kinds of things their parents put up with. They're much more self-confident. It's no longer acceptable to make fun of people because of race or sex. But it has always been present in American society. Society
I'll be one of the spokespeople, one of the people who sells the Administration's plans.
I'm pretty disciplined and am almost always on schedule.
In every community, whether large or small, there are people who lead in their community in easy and difficult times.
In fairy tales, the children are saved by caring adults. We need more caring adults in the lives of our children.
It's coaches. It's people that are involved in kids' lives at every level, and it's supporting their parents. Their parents need better jobs. So that they can help them with their homework and don't have to work two jobs. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
I've spent my whole life with people underestimating me. Life
Our young people are out on the streets looking for parties, a place to dance, looking for a scene. No institutions are providing them with alternatives, fun things to do that don't necessarily have alcohol at the center.
Sex education has to do with what's in people's head. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
Sure, it is apparent that presidents are looking at polls, but they are also stepping up on issues. President Clinton stepped up on tobacco. He shaped the polls on the tobacco issue.
The dog doesn't know the difference between Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, so I have to walk the dog early those days too.
The economic dimension is very clear. I was at a dinner party, a mother got up, who's a very distinguished scientist, and said she had to get home and help her daughter with her homework. The two waiters, their faces changed. They were working their second jobs, they couldn't get home to help their kids with homework.
The government is fully capable of delivering services. Even complex services. Government
We are living longer, and we need to live better.
We can't afford as a nation - not because of money but because of our social fabric - to have large numbers of people who are not working. Money, Coins & Minting
We have not yet concluded that needle-exchange programs do not encourage drug use.
We have to mainstream everybody. No matter what their circumstances when they were growing up. Part of that is knowing that after they're finished with school, everybody in this country gets up and goes to work. Work, Workers & The Labor Force
We know the parental support, community support, makes a difference. It's not just the metrics of testing and putting pressure on the schools and on the teachers. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
We need to drive down requirements for the schools. In the 19th century, we increased the quality of the schools by higher education saying, 'You can't come in unless you have these skills, unless you've taken these courses.' We did that in Wisconsin when I was there, it helped to transform the secondary school system. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
What you really remember at the beginning was that you have to throw a budget together. We made some terrible mistakes at the beginning in my own budget that took us at least a year to catch up on.
You can't have a university without having free speech, even though at times it makes us terribly uncomfortable. If students are not going to hear controversial ideas on college campuses, they're not going to hear them in America. I believe it's part of their education. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training
You don't want to destroy the energy that comes out of a campaign.
You go to college not only for the latest knowledge but also to meet people from different backgrounds. That's the genius of the American higher-education system compared with the Europeans'. We don't simply skim the elite. Education, Learning, Knowledge & Training