Catherine Cortez Masto

Career:U.S. Senator, 2017-present
Nevada attorney general, 2007-2015
Assistant county manager, Clark County, Nevada
Federal prosecutor, U.S. Attorney's Office
Chief of staff to Governor Bob Miller
Education:B.S., University of Nevada
J.D., Gonzaga University School of Law

Catherine Cortez Masto assumed office as a U.S. senator from Nevada in January 2017. She is the first woman to represent Nevada in the Senate and the first Latina senator in U.S. history.

Cortez Masto was born in 1964 Las Vegas, Nevada. Her father, Manny Cortez, 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. Cortez Masto earned a Bachelor of Science 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 was the attorney general of Nevada from 2007 to 2015, and was not eligible to run for a third term in 2014 due to lifetime term limits. Prior to her service as attorney general, she 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.


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