Catherine Cortez Masto

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Catherine Cortez Masto

Catherine Cortez Masto won the US Senate (Nevada) in 2016.


Cortez Masto was born in Las Vegas, Nevada, the daughter of Joanna Musso and Manny Cortez. Her father was the longtime head of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority and served as a Clark County Commissioner and as an attorney for the County. Manny Cortez, now deceased, and Harry Reid had a longstanding friendship.

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.

She was admitted to the State Bar of Nevada in 1990, the U.S. District Court, District of Nevada in 1991 and the U.S. Court of Appeals, for the Ninth Circuit in 1994. She is married to Paul Masto, a former Special Agent in the United States Secret Service.

Her career includes four years as a civil attorney in Las Vegas and two years as a criminal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C. She also served as former Nevada Democratic Governor Bob Miller's chief of staff.


Catherine Cortez Masto sits on the Committee on Finance; the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources; the Committee on Rules and Administration; and the Committee on Indian Affairs. Cortez Masto currently serves as the Ranking Member of the Economic Policy Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs; and the Ranking Member of the Water and Power Subcommittee of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee. [1]

Natural Resources Defense Council

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In 2022 the Natural Resources Defense Council endorsed Senator Catherine Cortez Masto.


September 18, 2018 Casey Introduces Bill to Expand Social Security Benefits

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), Ranking Member of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging,introducedthe Surviving Widow(er) Income Fair Treatment (SWIFT) Act (S. 3457). To help Americans achieve financial security in retirement, the SWIFT Act would fix outdated and arbitrary restrictions that prevent many Social Security recipients, particularly women, from maximizing their benefits. The bill would also enhance outreach and education about when and how to claim Social Security. If the bill were in effect today, it would increase Social Security income for more than 1 million Americans.

Senators Claire McCaskill (D-MO), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) and Patty Murray (D-WA) are co-sponsors of the bill. The bill is also endorsed by AFGE, AFL-CIO, AFSCME, Alliance for Retired Americans, the Arc of the United States, Justice in Aging, National Association of Disability Representatives, National Committee to Preserve Social Security and Medicare, National Organization for Women, National Organization of Soc'al Security Claimants Representatives, Social Security Works, Strengthen Social Security Coalition and Women’s Institute for a Secure Retirement.[2]

Huerta connection


Booker on board



Catherine Cortez Masto September 21, 2016:


Astrid Silva, Blanca Gamez, Rafael Lopez, Dulce Valencia, and Erika Castro have worked tirelessly to give a voice to undocumented immigrants in Las Vegas and throughout the country. Their hard work and determination, despite facing obstacles as DREAMers, are an inspiration to all of us. Thank you all for your hard work and support. I look forward to working with you in the fight for comprehensive immigration reform. CC: Jose Macias. Read more below: — with Jose Macias, Blanca Gamez, Rafael Lopez, Dulce Valencia, Senator Harry Reid, Astrid Silva and Erika Castro.

AAPI Advisory Council

August 9, 2022 the Cortez Masto for Senate campaign rolled out a list of 26 Nevada AAPI community leaders who are endorsing Senator Catherine Cortez Masto’s re-election and will serve as an advisory council for her campaign, supporting the senator’s AAPI outreach across the state of Nevada.

“I will always be an advocate for AAPI families in Nevada and work to ensure they have the resources they need to succeed,” said Senator Cortez Masto. “These leaders are fighting for their community every day. I am proud to have their support and I look forward to continuing our work together on behalf of our AAPI small business owners, workers and families.”

The full endorsement and advisory council list can be found below.

APALA support

Las Vegas, NV – August 11 2016, the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA) celebrated its community and labor reception, “For Nevada’s Future: Every Vote Counts,” in Las Vegas as an event in conjunction with the Presidential Election Forum hosted this weekend by the Asian and Pacific Islander American Vote (APIAVote) and the Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA).

Former Nevada Attorney General and Senate Candidate Catherine Cortez Masto keynoted the reception and highlighted the crucial role that the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community has played in strengthening Nevada’s economy and cultural landscape.

Cortez Masto rallied: “Nevada has been able to succeed because we have embraced our diversity, not rejected it. Unfortunately, Donald Trump fails to recognize this and wants to ban immigration from the Philippines. Yet still, Congressman Heck continues to support Trump’s campaign. We cannot allow Donald Trump or Congressman Heck to get elected and put policies in place that are the exact opposite of what makes America great.”

The reception also welcomed remarks from Congresswoman Dina Titus (NV-1); Yvanna Cancela, the political director of Culinary Workers Union 226 (UNITE-HERE); Artie Blanco, state director of super-pac For Nevada’s Future; Gloria Caoile, the vice president of civic and political engagement for APALA Nevada; and Luisa Blue, APALA board member and the highest ranking AAPI elected in SEIU.

APALA Executive Director Gregory Cendana commented: “Last night’s reception shows how important the voices of the AAPI community are -- politicians can’t ignore our communities and offend our families by calling us animals or terrorists. We need to stand behind champions like Former Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto who understands our issues.”

Gloria Caoile stated: “The politics of Vegas doesn’t follow the typical saying about Vegas. What happens here in Nevada doesn’t stay in Vegas. Rather, it will be felt throughout the country. We’re doing everything in our power to make sure that our voices are heard and represented in all levels of government.”

Congresswoman Dina Titus added: “I represent the most diverse district in this state, and it’s my honor to be a part of the first AAPI election forum. We’re going to win this election together because we are stronger together.”[4]


The headline in the online site Here and Now read: “California Democrats hope Asian-American voters can help flip red districts.”


Alvina Yeh agrees, from labor’s point of view, but adds the Dems – and the GOP – don’t know how and don’t want to reach those voters. She says labor is stepping into the void. In her organization’s case, that’s in five key swing states: California, Minnesota, Nevada, Virginia and Pennsylvania.

And Asian-Americans can make an electoral difference, says Yeh, executive director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA). Indeed, two years ago in Nevada, the winner of a tight U.S. Senate race there, Democrat Catherine Cortez Masto, said “APALA and Asian-American media were critical” for her win.[5]

21st Century Democrats

Catherine Cortez Masto was one of 12 progressives endorsed by 21st Century Democrats in the 2016 election cycle.[6]

Common Defense


Common Defense endorsed Catherine Cortez Masto in 2022.

Council for a Livable World 2016


Council for a Livable World Senate endorsed candidates in 2016 were Catherine Cortez Masto (Nev), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Russ Feingold (D-Wis.), Maggie Hassan (D-N.H.), Ann Kirkpatrick (D-Ariz.), Patrick Murphy (D-Fla.), Patty Murray (D-Wash.), Deborah Ross (D-N.C.), Brian Schatz (D-Hawaii), Joe Sestak (D-Pa.), Ted Strickland (D-Ohio).[7]

According to the Council;

Cortez Masto attended University of Nevada Reno before receiving her law degree from Gonzaga University in Washington State. She worked for four years as a civil attorney in Las Vegas and two years as a criminal prosecutor in Washington, D.C.

When Catherine was elected for her first term as attorney general, she earned the most votes of any candidate running for a statewide office in Nevada. She went on to serve eight years as attorney general, where she worked to enact legislation to protect seniors, homeowners, consumers, women and children.
During her time as attorney general, Cortez Masto worked with a Republican governor and with a Republican-controlled state legislature. She knows the importance of compromise and collaboration in order to get things done, and she has promised to bring this problem solving leadership style to the U.S. Senate.

If elected, Catherine would become the first female senator from Nevada, and the first Latina senator in U.S. history.

Mi Familia Vota

Mi Familia Vota Tweet supportive of Senator Cortez Masto

In December 2017, Mi Familia Vota tweeted that they "are honored to join Catherine Cortez Masto and stand in solidarity with DREAMers."[8]

PowerPAC+ 2016 Endorsements

PowerPAC+ 2016 endorsements;


Maro Park Shares Story with Sen. Cortez Masto

Senator Cortez Masto with Maro Park

As Members of Congress continue their deliberations, impacted Korean and Asian American youth and allies continue their organizing and advocacy to provide a daily reminder that their lives are not bargaining chips.

December 14 2017, Maro Park, Immigrant Rights Project Fellow with NAKASEC, participated in a Facebook live interview with Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (NV) where he spoke on his experience as an undocumented young person in the United States.

Park honed in on his expired license as a reminder of his struggles as an undocumented individual. He mentioned how to get around and work in America, one needs to have a vehicle but because he is undocumented, each drive is a risk. “Something as simple as a broken tail light could deport me and separate me from my family,” explained Park as he highlighted how something so ordinary to most is life or death for him and other undocumented youth. “When the DREAM Act finally passes, I can be a part of society that helps America grow and be affluent,” stated Park as he spoke on the important contributions that immigrant youth make to the country.

Senator Cortez Masto affirmed Park’s point on contributions. “We know that if we’re going to deport 800,000 DREAMers, it’s going to have a negative impact on our economy… [DREAMers] are paying taxes, working hard, they’re a part of our growing economy… So, these are the stories, the real stories of people who are contributing and why we need to fight to keep them here,” asserted Senator Cortez Masto.[9]

Women's March 2019


Mahler connection


Catherine Cortez Masto with Sarah Mahler, 2019.