Jacky Rosen, U.S. Representative in the third congressional district, is running for Senate after being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 2016.
Background and Achievements
Rosen, a strong feminist, broke barriers as a successful computer programmer in the male-dominated tech industry, working for major companies in Nevada including Summa Corporation, Citibank and Southwest Gas. In 2016, Jacky decided to run for Congress in Nevada’s highly competitive 3rd District, a seat that Trump carried and Democrats hadn’t won since 2008.
- Former President of Congregation Ner Tamid, the largest Synagogue in Las Vegas
- Led a team that constructed one of the largest solar projects in the city of Henderson and southern Nevada by a non-profit through a private-public partnership
- Serves on the House Armed Services Committee
- Member of the subcommittees on Tactical Air and Land Forces and Military Personnel
- Member of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee
- Member of the Subcommittee on Research and Technology and Energy
Positions on Key Issues
- Supports women’s equality and reproductive rights and health
- Fights for sustainable energy
- Champions efforts for seniors, economic security, and social justice
- Advocates for strengthening public schools and to increase graduation rates
- Supports comprehensive immigration reform with an earned pathway to citizenship
- Introduced the Equality Act of 2017 to Congress with 191 other co-sponsors
- Supports the Code Like a Girl Act
Prospects & Opponents
In the general election, Rosen will run against incumbent Republican Senator Dean Heller, who is currently holding the seat in the Senate. According to Politico, Heller’s position in the Senate is “the most vulnerable” as Nevada was won by Hillary Clinton in 2016 and a Public Policy Polling survey found that “a generic Democrat” was likely to defeat Heller if the election were held in June of 2017. Rosen is considered by former Senate Democratic Leader Harry Reid to be the strongest candidate to challenge Heller and also has the support of Chuck Schumer (D-NY), current Senate Minority Leader. According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, within hours of her announcement, Rosen received endorsements from the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, U.S. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto and U.S. Representative Ruben Kihuen.