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Senator Cortez Masto Questions HUD Nominee Ben Carson
Senator Cortez Masto Questions HUD Nominee Ben Carson
Published: 2017/01/12
Channel: Senator Catherine Cortez Masto
U.S. Senate candidates Catherine Cortez-Masto and Joe Heck debate
U.S. Senate candidates Catherine Cortez-Masto and Joe Heck debate
Published: 2016/10/17
Channel: 8 News NOW Las Vegas
Una latina toma el Senado en tiempos de Trump
Una latina toma el Senado en tiempos de Trump
Published: 2016/11/11
Channel: Univision Noticias
Catherine Cortez Masto gives victory speech in Nevada Senate race, first Latina senator
Catherine Cortez Masto gives victory speech in Nevada Senate race, first Latina senator
Published: 2016/11/09
Channel: KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto's Ceremonial Swearing-in
Published: 2017/01/03
Channel: Senator Catherine Cortez Masto
Catherine Cortez Masto for Senate Ad: Big Family
Catherine Cortez Masto for Senate Ad: Big Family
Published: 2016/03/08
Channel: Catherine Cortez Masto
Catherine Cortez Masto
Catherine Cortez Masto's Senate Election Night Victory Speech
Published: 2016/11/10
Channel: Cortez Masto Press
Senator Cortez Masto Questions Transportation Nominee Elaine Chao
Senator Cortez Masto Questions Transportation Nominee Elaine Chao
Published: 2017/01/11
Channel: Senator Catherine Cortez Masto
Sen Catherine Cortez Masto Shares Keaton
Sen Catherine Cortez Masto Shares Keaton's Health Care Story -- #AmericaSpeaksOut on Trumpcare
Published: 2017/06/19
Channel: SenateDemocrats
2017 NCLR Capital Awards Featured Remarks Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)
2017 NCLR Capital Awards Featured Remarks Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV)
Published: 2017/03/31
Channel: National Council of La Raza
Sen. Cortez Masto Disappointed in Tax Reform Talks
Sen. Cortez Masto Disappointed in Tax Reform Talks
Published: 2017/05/18
Channel: Bloomberg Politics
Senator Cortez Masto Questions Energy Secretary Nominee Rick Perry Part 1
Senator Cortez Masto Questions Energy Secretary Nominee Rick Perry Part 1
Published: 2017/01/19
Channel: Senator Catherine Cortez Masto
Senator Cortez Masto Opposes Sessions Nomination
Senator Cortez Masto Opposes Sessions Nomination
Published: 2017/01/23
Channel: Senator Catherine Cortez Masto
Catherine Cortez Masto - Grandfather
Catherine Cortez Masto - Grandfather
Published: 2016/08/24
Channel: Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics
Catherine Cortez Masto declared winner in Nevada Senate race | Election 2016
Catherine Cortez Masto declared winner in Nevada Senate race | Election 2016
Published: 2016/11/09
Channel: KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas
"Hide the Truth" | Corrupt Catherine Cortez Masto
"Hide the Truth" | Corrupt Catherine Cortez Masto
Published: 2016/11/03
Channel: Corrupt Catherine
Catherine Cortez Masto - Riesgo
Catherine Cortez Masto - Riesgo
Published: 2016/10/04
Channel: Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics
President Obama stumps for Catherine Cortez-Masto
President Obama stumps for Catherine Cortez-Masto
Published: 2016/10/24
Channel: Daily Kos
Catherine Cortez Masto para el Senado: La Familia
Catherine Cortez Masto para el Senado: La Familia
Published: 2016/03/14
Channel: Catherine Cortez Masto
Freshman Senator Catherine Cortez Masto on DC Protesters.
Freshman Senator Catherine Cortez Masto on DC Protesters.
Published: 2017/01/22
Channel: Roll Call
Voters Confront Senator About ‘Medicare For All’ and REFUSE to Back Down
Voters Confront Senator About ‘Medicare For All’ and REFUSE to Back Down
Published: 2017/04/24
Channel: The Humanist Report
Catherine Cortez Masto: The first Latina senator in history
Catherine Cortez Masto: The first Latina senator in history
Published: 2017/06/06
Channel: News Today
Catherine Cortez Masto - Accountable
Catherine Cortez Masto - Accountable
Published: 2016/08/02
Channel: Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto Takes Oath of Office
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto Takes Oath of Office
Published: 2017/01/03
Channel: Senator Catherine Cortez Masto
Cortez Masto takes Senate seat as first Latina, Nevada woman
Cortez Masto takes Senate seat as first Latina, Nevada woman
Published: 2017/01/04
Channel: KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas
Catherine Cortez Masto and Hillary Clinton for Equality
Catherine Cortez Masto and Hillary Clinton for Equality
Published: 2016/10/31
Channel: Human Rights Campaign
Catherine Cortez Masto es la primera latina en el Senado | Un Nuevo Día | Telemundo
Catherine Cortez Masto es la primera latina en el Senado | Un Nuevo Día | Telemundo
Published: 2016/11/09
Channel: Un Nuevo Día
"Most Corrupt" | Corrupt Catherine Cortez Masto
"Most Corrupt" | Corrupt Catherine Cortez Masto
Published: 2016/10/15
Channel: Corrupt Catherine
Catherine Cortez Masto, Democratic candidate for the 2016 U.S. Senate election in Nevada.
Catherine Cortez Masto, Democratic candidate for the 2016 U.S. Senate election in Nevada.
Published: 2016/11/08
Channel: totomxlv
Catherine Cortez Masto - Proudest
Catherine Cortez Masto - Proudest
Published: 2016/08/02
Channel: Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics
Catherine Cortez Masto - Doctor
Catherine Cortez Masto - Doctor
Published: 2016/10/04
Channel: Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics
Catherine Cortez Masto - Speak Out
Catherine Cortez Masto - Speak Out
Published: 2016/09/12
Channel: Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics
Catherine Cortez Masto - Duet
Catherine Cortez Masto - Duet
Published: 2016/09/26
Channel: Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics
"Wronged" | Corrupt Catherine Cortez Masto
"Wronged" | Corrupt Catherine Cortez Masto
Published: 2016/10/25
Channel: Corrupt Catherine
Catherine Cortez Masto - Serious Crisis
Catherine Cortez Masto - Serious Crisis
Published: 2016/08/02
Channel: Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics
Catherine Cortez Masto - Rendición de cuentas
Catherine Cortez Masto - Rendición de cuentas
Published: 2016/08/02
Channel: Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics
Catherine Cortez Masto - Ten Times
Catherine Cortez Masto - Ten Times
Published: 2016/08/24
Channel: Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics
Catherine Cortez Masto - Ideas
Catherine Cortez Masto - Ideas
Published: 2016/08/02
Channel: Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics
Catherine Cortez Masto - Left Out
Catherine Cortez Masto - Left Out
Published: 2016/08/24
Channel: Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics
Catherine Cortez Masto - Karen
Catherine Cortez Masto - Karen
Published: 2016/09/02
Channel: Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics
2016 NRSC Campaign Ad Targeting Cortez Masto - A Viajar El Mundo Con Catherine Cortez Masto
2016 NRSC Campaign Ad Targeting Cortez Masto - A Viajar El Mundo Con Catherine Cortez Masto
Published: 2016/01/02
Channel: This Week In Immigration
Catherine Cortez Masto - Lola
Catherine Cortez Masto - Lola
Published: 2016/10/04
Channel: Carrie Chapman Catt Center for Women and Politics
Hillary Clinton wins Nevada, Cortez Masto Senate | Election 2016
Hillary Clinton wins Nevada, Cortez Masto Senate | Election 2016
Published: 2016/11/09
Channel: KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas
Catherine Cortez Masto Ignores Questions About Iran Deal
Catherine Cortez Masto Ignores Questions About Iran Deal
Published: 2015/08/27
Channel: Rising Response
Catherine Cortez Masto at Glass Breakers Summit
Catherine Cortez Masto at Glass Breakers Summit
Published: 2016/09/26
Channel: LetsTalkNevada
Catherine Cortez Masto
Catherine Cortez Masto
Published: 2016/10/20
Channel: University of Nevada, Reno
KVVU: Cortez Masto and Heck face off in debate
KVVU: Cortez Masto and Heck face off in debate
Published: 2016/10/15
Channel: Cortez Masto Press
Catherine Cortez Masto for U.S. Senate Ad: Don
Catherine Cortez Masto for U.S. Senate Ad: Don't Believe
Published: 2016/09/15
Channel: Catherine Cortez Masto
POLL: Cortez Masto narrowly eclipsing Heck in close Nevada Senate race
POLL: Cortez Masto narrowly eclipsing Heck in close Nevada Senate race
Published: 2016/10/26
Channel: KTNV Channel 13 Las Vegas
Senator Cortez Masto: The Only "Bad Hombre" is Sitting in the White House
Senator Cortez Masto: The Only "Bad Hombre" is Sitting in the White House
Published: 2017/02/02
Channel: Senator Catherine Cortez Masto
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Catherine Cortez Masto
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United States Senator
from Nevada
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Serving with Dean Heller
Preceded by Harry Reid
32nd Attorney General of Nevada
In office
January 1, 2007 – January 5, 2015
Governor Jim Gibbons
Brian Sandoval
Preceded by George Chanos
Succeeded by Adam Laxalt
Personal details
Born Catherine Marie Cortez
(1964-03-29) March 29, 1964 (age 53)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Paul Masto
Education University of Nevada, Reno (BS)
Gonzaga University (JD)
Website Senate website

Catherine Marie Cortez Masto /ˌkɔːrˈtɛz ˈmæst/ (born March 29, 1964) is an American attorney and politician who is the junior United States Senator from Nevada. She is a member of the Democratic Party. She previously served as the 32nd Attorney General of Nevada from 2007 to 2015.

Cortez Masto graduated from University of Nevada, Reno and Gonzaga University School of Law. She worked four years as a civil attorney in Las Vegas and two years as a criminal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C. She was the Attorney General of Nevada from 2007 to 2015, elected to replace George Chanos. She was not eligible to run for a third term in 2014 due to lifetime term limits established by the Nevada Constitution.

Cortez Masto defeated Joe Heck in the U.S. Senate election in Nevada to replace outgoing Democratic senator Harry Reid, becoming the first woman elected to represent Nevada in the Senate and the first Latina elected to serve in the Senate.[1] She took office on January 3, 2017.

Early life[edit]

Cortez Masto was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, the daughter of Joanna (née Musso) and Manny Cortez.[2] Her father was the longtime head of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, and also served as a Clark County Commissioner and as an attorney for the county.[3] Manny Cortez, now deceased, and Harry Reid had a longstanding friendship.[4] Her father is of Mexican descent and her mother is of Italian descent.[5] Her paternal grandfather, Edward Cortez, immigrated to Nevada from the Mexican state of Chihuahua.[6][7][8]

Education and law career[edit]

Cortez Masto earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in finance from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1986 and a J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1990.[9]

She was admitted to the State Bar of Nevada in 1990, the U.S. District Court, District of Nevada in 1991 and the U.S. Court of Appeals, for the Ninth Circuit in 1994. She is married to Paul Masto, a former Special Agent in the United States Secret Service.[10]

Her career includes four years as a civil attorney in Las Vegas and two years as a criminal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C. She also served as former Nevada Democratic Governor Bob Miller’s chief of staff.[4]

In November 2014, Cortez Masto was named executive vice chancellor of the Nevada System of Higher Education. There was initial controversy because she was hired directly by the chancellor, and not the university system's board of regents; the chancellor indicated that the regents had previously recommended that he hire an assistant, and in December the board voted unanimously to approve her annual salary of $215,000.[11][12]

Nevada Attorney General[edit]

Cortez Masto in 2011

In 2009, Cortez Masto's office launched an investigation against Brian Krolicki, the Republican Lieutenant Governor of Nevada. Krolicki faced felony charges related to allegations that he mishandled the Nevada College Savings Trust Fund when he was state treasurer. During the investigation, the Las Vegas Review-Journal discovered that Cortez Masto's husband, Paul, planned to host a fundraising party for Robert S. Randazzo, a Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor, four days before the attorney general's office was scheduled to prosecute Krolicki. Cortez Masto said she was unaware of the fundraising party.[13] The charges against Krolicki were ultimately dismissed in Clark County District Court.[14] The dismissal of charges against Krolicki was regarded as a political setback for Cortez Masto, who, according to the Las Vegas Sun, "opened herself to charges of politicizing her office and prosecutorial misconduct."[15]

In 2010, Cortez Masto's office began investigating Bank of America, accusing the company of raising interest rates on troubled borrowers. Her office sought to end Nevada's participation in a loan modification settlement in order to sue the bank over alleged deceptive marketing and lending practices. Bank of America denied any wrongdoing.[16] The lawsuit was settled in 2012 for $750 million for lien reductions and short sales.[17]

Cortez Masto defended the state of Nevada's position in the lawsuit Sevcik v. Sandoval. The lawsuit challenged Nevada's denial of same-sex marriage as prohibited by the state's constitution and statutory law. After initially defending the state's same-sex marriage ban,[18] Cortez Masto and the state abandoned their defense of the ban in light of a ruling by the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.[19]

U.S. Senate[edit]

Elections[edit]

Cortez Masto declined to run for Governor of Nevada in the 2014 election.[20] When U.S. Senator Harry Reid decided not to run for re-election in the 2016 election, he endorsed Cortez Masto as his successor.[4] Cortez Masto's campaign relied heavily on the political infrastructure Reid had assembled.[21] Her opponent was United States Representative Joe Heck.

Cortez Masto, who supports increased investments in renewable energy technology, was supported by the League of Conservation Voters.[22] Cortez Masto was also financially supported by End Citizens United, a political action committee seeking to overturn Citizens United v. FEC, and pro choice groups such as EMILY's List and Planned Parenthood.[23]

Cortez Masto won 47% of the vote (520,658 votes), with Joe Heck behind at 45% (494,427 votes).[1]

She filled the seat of former Senator Harry Reid on January 3, 2017, becoming the first Latina in the United States Senate.[24]

Tenure[edit]

Committee assignments[edit]

Caucus memberships[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2016 Nevada Senate Election Results". Politico. Retrieved November 8, 2016. 
  2. ^ Las Vegas High School Alumni Association: "MANUEL J. CORTEZ (Class of 1956)"[permanent dead link] retrieved February 15, 2016
  3. ^ "Former Las Vegas convention chief Cortez dies at 67". Las Vegas Sun. June 19, 2006. Retrieved July 26, 2016. 
  4. ^ a b c Drusch, Andrea (March 27, 2015). "Meet the Woman Harry Reid Wants to Replace Him in the Senate". National Journal. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  5. ^ "Catherine Cortez Masto for Senate — Catherine Cortez Masto Launches Spanish-Language". Catherinecortezmasto.com. 2016-03-14. Retrieved 2017-05-01. 
  6. ^ "Catherine Cortez Masto Seizes on Hispandering Attack". Politico. September 23, 2016. Retrieved October 13, 2016. 
  7. ^ "Nevada Republican Senate hopeful Joe Heck launches first TV ad of general election campaign". KTNV. September 23, 2016. Retrieved October 13, 2016. 
  8. ^ "Manuel Cortez-Obituary". Review Journal Obituaries. September 23, 2016. Retrieved October 13, 2016. 
  9. ^ "Alumni Profile: Catherine Cortez Masto". Gonzaga School of Law. March 19, 2014. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  10. ^ Vogel, Ed (November 24, 2009). "Krolicki case might take twist". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  11. ^ McCabe, Francis (November 25, 2014). "Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto named to higher ed post". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  12. ^ Barnes, Bethany (December 16, 2014). "Regents approve Masto’s $215,000 salary as executive vice chancellor". Las vegas Review-Journal. Las Vegas, NV. 
  13. ^ Vogel, Ed (November 24, 2009). "Krolicki case might take twist". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  14. ^ McCoy, Cara (December 7, 2009). "Charges dismissed against Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  15. ^ Coolican, J. Patrick (December 8, 2009). "Cortez Masto’s shining star dims after Krolicki decision". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved February 19, 2016. 
  16. ^ Morgenson, Gretchen (August 30, 2011). "Nevada Says Bank Broke Mortgage Settlement". The New York Times. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
  17. ^ Rosenblatt, Joel (February 9, 2012). "Bank of America Settles With Nevada Attorney General Masto". Bloomberg Business. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  18. ^ Whaley, Sean (January 22, 2014). "Nevada legal brief defends state’s same-sex marriage ban". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  19. ^ Ford, Zack (February 11, 2014). "Nevada Abandons Its Defense Of Same-Sex Marriage Ban". ThinkProgress. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  20. ^ Doughman, Andrew (September 19, 2013). "Cortez Masto: I’m not running for governor". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
  21. ^ Kane, Paul (November 17, 2015). "Harry Reid, retiring but betting big on Nevada for Democratic Senate majority". Washington Post. Retrieved February 5, 2016. 
  22. ^ Botkin, Ben (September 25, 2016). "Climate change becoming increasingly visible campaign issue in Nevada". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved October 4, 2016. 
  23. ^ Botkin, Ben (October 2, 2016). "Outside spending groups pump millions into political races in Nevada". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved October 4, 2016. 
  24. ^ Philipps, Dave (November 9, 2016). "Catherine Cortez Masto Wins Nevada to Become First Latina Senator". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved November 9, 2016. 

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