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Catherine Cortez Masto        

NV Senator; First Latina in the United States Senate

Catherine Cortez Masto has spent her career fighting to protect Nevada families. 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.

Cortez Masto served two terms as Nevada’s Attorney General and became well known for her integrity and leadership on behalf of Nevada families, women, and seniors.

As the chief law enforcement officer of Nevada, Cortez Masto worked closely with law enforcement, treatment providers, and community advocates to combat the use and distribution of methamphetamines. She helped pass new laws to crack down on meth manufacturers and restrict the sale of materials used to make the drug.

Staying true to her commitment to protecting seniors, Cortez Masto created a senior protection unit in the Attorney General’s office to ensure that her investigators and prosecutors had the necessary tools to pursue those who abuse, neglect, or exploit seniors in our communities.

A lifelong advocate for women and children, Cortez Masto worked to strengthen laws preventing sex trafficking and violence against women. She helped pass a bill that established the crime of sex trafficking of children and adults, allowed victims to receive assistance, and gave them the right to sue their traffickers. She also took steps to protect children from sexual predators by passing new laws that strengthened the registration and notification requirements of convicted sex offenders.

To aid middle-class families and protect consumers and homeowners, Cortez Masto created the Mortgage Fraud Strike Force to investigate and prosecute fraudulent foreclosure rescue and loan modification scams. And she led the fight against foreclosure fraud, securing an estimated $1.9 billion from big banks on behalf of Nevada homeowners as part of the National Mortgage Settlement.

Prior to her service as Attorney General, Cortez Masto worked as an Assistant County Manager for Clark County, Nevada. She also served as a federal criminal prosecutor for the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. and was Chief of Staff to Governor Bob Miller. She currently resides in Las Vegas with her husband Paul.

Cortez Masto won 47% of the vote in the race for senator. She will fill the seat of incumbent Senator Harry Reid beginning in January of 2017, becoming the first Latina in the United States Senate.


Catherine Cortez Masto Wins Nevada to Become First Latina Senator

LAS VEGAS — After a close race fueled by record outside spending, Catherine Cortez Masto, a Democrat, won the Nevada Senate contest on Tuesday to become the first Latina senator ...

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