Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)

Catherine Cortez Masto

Catherine Cortez Masto is running for the open Senate seat in Nevada vacated by the retirement of Democrat Harry Reid. If elected, she would be the first woman senator to represent Nevada and the first Latina Senator ever.

Background and Achievements

Previously serving as Nevada’s Attorney General for two terms, Masto is currently the vice president of the Nevada System of Higher Education. As Attorney General, Masto worked to strengthen and pass laws to prevent domestic violence and sex trafficking. She also helped protect children from sexual predators by passing laws that strengthened the registration and notification requirements of convicted offenders. In addition, Masto created the Mortgage Fraud Strike Force, which protects middle-class families from predatory lenders and mortgage scams. Before she was Attorney General, Masto was an Assistant County Manager for Clark County in Nevada, a federal criminal prosecutor for the United States Attorney’s Office, and Chief of Staff to Governor Bob Miller. She graduated from the University of Nevada-Reno and Gonzaga University of Law.

Positions on Key Issues

  • Worked to strengthen laws preventing sex trafficking and violence against women
  • Dedicated to protecting and serving senior Nevada citizens
  • Strongly supports women’s reproductive rights
  • Supports overturning Citizens United
  • Supports raising the minimum wage and equal pay for equal work
  • Will work towards comprehensive immigration reform and a path to citizenship
  • Supports investing in renewable energy sources and working to preserve our environment
  • Will fight to put an end to discrimination against LGBTQ communities

Prospects & Opponents

Masto is heavily favored to win the Democratic primary after receiving the support of several prominent Democrats, including the Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid and the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee. Masto will, however, have a challenging general election – but unlike most of her potential Republican challengers, who have never won a state-wide election, she has won two statewide races. In both of her state attorney general elections, she won by double-digit figures.


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