Donna Shalala, the former University of Wisconsin-Madison chancellor who became the first woman to lead a Big Ten university, has lost her bid to retain her congressional seat in south Florida.
Shalala, 79, a first-term Democrat, was defeated by Republican nominee Maria Elvira Salazar, according to projections by the Associated Press.
It was a rematch of their 2018 race, when Shalala won her first bid for Congress.
Shalala represents Florida’s 27th Congressional District.
She was named UW-Madison chancellor in late 1987, assumed office in January 1988 and served until 1993. During that period, she helped hire Barry Alvarez to coach the Badgers football team.
She later became secretary of Health and Human Services in President Bill Clinton’s administration.