Last night Catherine Cortez Masto was elected Senator of Nevada and made history by becoming the first Latina elected to the U.S. Senate and the first women elected to represent Nevada. The Democratic former attorney general defeated U.S. Representative Joe Heck in a close election. Cortez Masto replaces the soon-to-be retired Democratic minority leader Harry Reid.
Cortez Masto is a third generation Mexican-American whose paternal grandfather immigrated from Chihuahua, Mexicoto Nevada. She has proudly embraced her heritage and earned a reputation for defending the Latino community especially as an advocate for women and children. As a two-term attorney general and senatorial candidate she supports comprehensive immigration reform that includes providing a path to citizenship for the undocumented.
The Senator-to-be will become the fourth Latino member of the U.S. Senate that includes Florida Senator Marco Rubio, Texas Senator Ted Cruz and fellow Democratic Senator Robert Menendez of New Jersey.
The state of Nevada supported presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, and has historically supported Democratic candidates. The majority of the nearly 800,000 Hispanic residents of Nevada are of Mexican descent like Cortez Masto. The Hispanic population in Nevada is the 14th largest in the nation according to the U.S. Census.
Upon learning of her win Cortez Masto tweeted, “I’m proud to be Nevada’s 1st female and our nation’s 1st Latina senator. It’s about time our government mirrors the diversity of our nation.”
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