Catherine Cortez Masto



Born and raised in Las Vegas, Catherine Cortez Masto has spent her career fighting for Nevada’s working families. She served two terms as Attorney General of Nevada and in November 2016, she made history by becoming the first woman from Nevada and the first Latina ever elected to the United States Senate.

During her time as Nevada’s top prosecutor, Cortez Masto became well known as an advocate for middle-class families, seniors, women and children. Following the housing crisis, Cortez Masto created the Mortgage Fraud Strike Force to investigate and prosecute lending scams that targeted middle-class families.

As member of the United States Senate, Cortez Masto has taken her advocacy for Nevadans to Washington. She believes that all Americans have the right to affordable, quality health care. Senator Cortez Masto is a proud cosponsor of the following legislation to improve healthcare for Nevadans: Medicare-X Choice Act, a bill to create a Medicare-based public option; Empowering Medicare Seniors to Negotiate Drug Prices, a bill to authorize HHS to negotiate drug prices to protect seniors from exploitation; Rural Hospital Access Act, a bill to support and protect rural hospitals by extending a key Medicare program for low-volume hospitals; and the Resident Physician Shortage Act, a bill to address the medical provider shortage in rural areas and communities throughout Nevada.

Cortez Masto earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration in Finance from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1986, and a J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1990. She resides in Las Vegas with her husband Paul, a retired Secret Service agent. (Full bio)

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