Catherine Cortez Masto

Catherine Cortez Masto

Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto is seeking reelection in a must-win race in Nevada. And her election matters not just to Nevada, but to the whole country. If Republicans flip one seat, Democrats will lose their slim majority.


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Nevada State AFL-CIO
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Professional Firefighters of Nevada.
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Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto is seeking re-election in a must-win race in Nevada. And her election matters not just to Nevada, but to the whole country. If Republicans flip one seat, Democrats will lose their slim majority.

Take heart: Cortez Masto is a strong contender. Most polls show her ahead of her opponent. But Nevada is a red-leaning state, so she’s taking nothing for granted.

“I’ve always been in tough races,” Cortez Masto said in an interview in the New York Times. She was the first woman and first Latina ever elected to the U.S. Senate from Nevada. She had to beat a Republican congressman and four third-party candidates to win.

The GOP is pouring millions to unseat her, but the Democrats also are making serious investments in her candidacy.

“The challenge for everyone on the ticket in Nevada is turnout,” Nev. Rep. Dina Titus told the New York Times. Titus is facing her own tough bid for re-election this year for her Las Vegas seat.

Cortez Masto’s opponent, Adam Laxalt, has an A+ rating from the NRA and supports overturning Roe v. Wade. Laxalt still pushes the Big Lie; he was a key player in early efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election results. Laxalt baits his base with outrage over undocumented immigrants, the economy, and pandemic school closures, and restrictions.


Cortez Masto was born and raised in Las Vegas. Her father’s family was from Mexico, and her mother’s was from Italy. Her grandfather served the U.S. in World War II, and her father joined the Army. When he returned to Las Vegas after his service, he met Cortez Masto’s mother and began work as a parking attendant at the Dunes Hotel. He worked his way up to serve as a Clark County Commissioner and became the head of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

“My family taught me to work hard, be honest, and respect everyone. That’s what I’ve done throughout my life and as your Senator,” she said.

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.

Prior to her service as Attorney General, Cortez Masto served as chief of staff to Nevada Governor Bob Miller and worked as a federal criminal prosecutor in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Washington D.C.

She lives in Las Vegas with her husband, Paul, a retired Secret Service agent.


Cortez Masto has been a leader in the fight to stop sex trafficking and hold perpetrators accountable while enhancing assistance for survivors. In the Senate, Cortez Masto has led both Republicans and Democrats in delivering federal funding to local law enforcement agencies, including to the Las Vegas Metro Police Department after the Route 91 massacre, and improving mental health and suicide resources for law enforcement.

She has repeatedly voted to defend the Affordable Care Act to provide health care coverage to tens of thousands of Nevadans as well as leading the Senate in addressing mental health issues

She is fighting to address the impact of climate change, defending public lands, and championing job-creating investments in clean energy.

She has been a fierce leader in the fight for reproductive freedom, earning a 100% score in National Abortion Rights Action League’s (NARAL) Congressional Record on Choice every year she has served in the Senate. She is helping lead legislation to codify Roe v. Wade into law on a federal level and has vowed to protect women’s access to a full range of health care services no matter what.

Cortez Masto has worked in the Senate on legislation to implement universal background checks and federal red flag laws.