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Quick Facts
Personal Details

Education

  • JD, Gonzaga University School of Law, 1990
  • BS, Finance, University of Nevada, Reno, 1986

Professional Experience

  • JD, Gonzaga University School of Law, 1990
  • BS, Finance, University of Nevada, Reno, 1986
  • Assistant County Manager, Clark County, 2002-2007
  • Executive Vice Chancellor, Nevada System of Higher Education, 2003
  • Chief of Staff, Governor Bob Miller, 1998-2002
  • Assistant, United States Attorney, 2000-2002
  • Former Federal Criminal Prosecutor, United States Attorney's Office, Washington District of Columbia, 1999-2001
  • Southern District Director, Governor Bob Miller, 1995-1998

Political Experience

  • JD, Gonzaga University School of Law, 1990
  • BS, Finance, University of Nevada, Reno, 1986
  • Assistant County Manager, Clark County, 2002-2007
  • Executive Vice Chancellor, Nevada System of Higher Education, 2003
  • Chief of Staff, Governor Bob Miller, 1998-2002
  • Assistant, United States Attorney, 2000-2002
  • Former Federal Criminal Prosecutor, United States Attorney's Office, Washington District of Columbia, 1999-2001
  • Southern District Director, Governor Bob Miller, 1995-1998
  • Senator, United States Senate, 2016-present
  • Attorney General, State of Nevada, 2007-2014

Former Committees/Caucuses

Former Member, Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, United States Senate

Former Member, Communications, Technology, Innovation, and the Internet Subcommittee, United States Senate

Former Member, Consumer Protection, Product Safety, Insurance, and Data Security Subcommittee, United States Senate

Former Member, Securities, Insurance, and Investment Subcommittee, United States Senate

Former Member, Special Committee on Aging, United States Senate

Former Member, Subcommittee on Energy, United States Senate

Current Legislative Committees

Member, Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs

Member, Energy and Natural Resources

Member, Finance

Member, Indian Affairs

Member, Rules and Administration

Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Economic Policy

Member, Subcommittee on Energy

Member, Subcommittee on Financial Institutions and Consumer Protection

Member, Subcommittee on Health Care

Member, Subcommittee on Housing, Transportation, and Community Development

Member, Subcommittee on International Trade, Customs, and Global Competitiveness

Member, Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining

Member, Subcommittee on Social Security, Pensions, and Family Policy

Ranking Member, Subcommittee on Water and Power

Religious, Civic, and other Memberships

  • JD, Gonzaga University School of Law, 1990
  • BS, Finance, University of Nevada, Reno, 1986
  • Assistant County Manager, Clark County, 2002-2007
  • Executive Vice Chancellor, Nevada System of Higher Education, 2003
  • Chief of Staff, Governor Bob Miller, 1998-2002
  • Assistant, United States Attorney, 2000-2002
  • Former Federal Criminal Prosecutor, United States Attorney's Office, Washington District of Columbia, 1999-2001
  • Southern District Director, Governor Bob Miller, 1995-1998
  • Senator, United States Senate, 2016-present
  • Attorney General, State of Nevada, 2007-2014
  • Chair, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, 2019-present
  • Member, Nevada State Bar Association, 1990-present

Other Info

  • Manuel 'Manny' Cortez

  • Former Clark Country Commissioner

Hobbies or Special Talents:

Hiking

  • Joanna Cortez

Spouse's Occupation:

Retired Secret Service Agent

Policy Positions

2020

Abortion

Do you generally support pro-choice or pro-life legislation?
- Pro-choice

Budget

In order to balance the budget, do you support an income tax increase on any tax bracket?
- Yes

Crime

Do you support mandatory minimum sentences for non-violent drug offenders?
- Unknown Position

Economy

1. Do you support federal spending as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Unknown Position

2. Do you support lowering taxes as a means of promoting economic growth?
- Yes

Education

Do you generally support requiring states to adopt federal education standards?
- Unknown Position

Energy

1. Do you support building the Keystone XL pipeline?
- Unknown Position

2. Do you support government funding for the development of renewable energy (e.g. solar, wind, thermal)?
- Yes

Environment

Do you support the federal regulation of greenhouse gas emissions?
- Yes

Guns

Do you generally support gun-control legislation?
- Yes

Health Care

Do you support repealing the 2010 Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")?
- Unknown Position

Immigration

Do you support requiring immigrants who are unlawfully present to return to their country of origin before they are eligible for citizenship?
- No

Marriage

Do you support same-sex marriage?
- Yes

National Security

Do you support increased American intervention in Iraq and Syria beyond air support?
- Yes

Social Security

Do you support allowing individuals to divert a portion of their Social Security taxes into personal retirement accounts?
- No

Congress Bills
Speeches
Articles

Indian Country Today - A pathway toward ending the legacy of violence against Native women

Nov. 20, 2020

By U.S. Senators Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.) & Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) November marks National Native American Heritage Month, a time to honor the rich history, immense diversity and important contributions of Native people, while also acknowledging our country's dark history toward tribal nations. As representatives of states with vibrant tribal communities, we wanted to share how we're working together to help respond to the inordinate violence that Native American women and girls face. For years now, we've known that Native American communities are facing a crisis of missing, murdered and trafficked American Indians and Alaska Natives--in particular women and children. One of those victims was Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind, a member of the Spirit Lake Nation who was brutally murdered by her neighbor in August 2017. She was only 22 years old--and eight months pregnant--at the time of her death. This heartbreaking tragedy drew widespread attention upon a frightening reality that's been going on for generations: more than four in five American Indian and Alaska Native women experience violence in their lifetimes, and on some reservations, and in Alaska, are murdered at a rate more than ten times the national average. It's unacceptable that so many Native women are being taken and that their families have failed to receive justice. Homicide is the third leading cause of death for American Indian and Alaska Native women and girls under the age of 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. But conflicts over jurisdiction and gaps in sharing information have hampered investigations into those deaths and denied closure to too many families. To make the problem worse, we still lack sufficient data on the crimes, and what data exists isn't always shared. In 2018, an Urban Indian Health Institute survey found that out of the 5,712 Alaska Native and American Indian women and girls known to be missing, only 116 were registered in the Department of Justice database. The federal government must do far more to address violent crimes against Native women. While countless lives have been lost over the years, they were never forgotten. That is why in January 2019 we re-introduced Savanna's Act, originally authored by our former colleague Senator Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota. In April of that same year, we introduced the Not Invisible Act, with the goal of dedicating even more effort to combatting the violence against Native American women and girls. After the unanimous passage of both bills in the Senate and House this year, President Trump signed them into law in October, making them the first legislation specifically addressing this epidemic of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls. With Savanna's Act and the Not Invisible Act, we are making real progress in seeking justice for the families of those missing, murdered and trafficked, and in curbing violence against Native women. Both laws require federal agencies to improve coordination with local partners and ensure tribal governments have the federal backing to address a crisis that has been under-resourced for far too long. The memory of Savanna LaFontaine-Greywind lives on in the law that bears her name. Savanna's Act will create standardized, yet region-specific guidelines for responding to cases of missing or murdered Native Americans, with meaningful consultation from tribes. These guidelines will go a long way to making sure that the different local, state, federal, and tribal law enforcement involved in responding to these tragic cases actually work together effectively. The law also requires that data on missing or murdered Native Americans finally be collected and reported to Congress, along with recommendations for improving the quality of that data. Just as important, it makes sure that tribes have access to relevant federal law enforcement databases essential for fighting violent crime. The Not Invisible Act requires the Secretary of the Interior to appoint a person within the Bureau of Indian Affairs whose job it will be to make sure all federal agencies are actually working together, not in agency silos, to reduce violent crime against Native Americans and prosecute the perpetrators. The legislation also recognizes the historical failures of the federal government in interacting with our tribal nations by ensuring that tribes have a voice at the table. The law establishes a commission starting in the spring of 2021--made up of law enforcement, tribal leaders, federal partners, service providers, family members of victims, and survivors--to make recommendations on what more must be done to combat the epidemic of missing, murdered and trafficked Native Americans. Our work is far from done, and more focus and determination will be needed in the coming weeks, months and years to ensure that we remain on track to curb this epidemic. The signing of the Not Invisible Act and Savanna's Act into law by President Trump gives us hope. It means that Native communities finally have federal support to more effectively protect women and no longer have to fight this crisis alone. We thank Senator Heitkamp for her leadership, and we are grateful to Native American community leaders for their tireless advocacy over the years. Families of victims deserve answers; today is the beginning of the end of the legacy of violence against Native women and girls and the start of seeking justice for countless lives. f you or someone you know has been a victim of domestic violence, sexual assault, or trafficking, resources are available to you. Op-ed by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-Nev.)