Catherine Cortez Masto
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. 
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 To help Americans achieve financial security in retirement, the SWIFT Act would fix outdated and arbitrary restrictions that prevent many Social Security recipients, particularly women, from maximizing their benefits.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.
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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:
http://www.univision.com/noticias/opinion/catherine-cortez-masto-defiende-a-familias-trabajadoras-como-la-mia — with Jose Macias, Blanca Gamez, Rafael Lopez, Dulce Valencia, Senator Harry Reid, Astrid Silva and Erika Castro.
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.”
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.
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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).
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.
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PowerPAC+ 2016 Endorsements
PowerPAC+ 2016 endorsements;
- Lucy Flores - U.S. Congress - Nevada-04
- Mary Gonzalez - Texas State Legislature
- Kamala Harris - U.S. Senate, California
- Jane Kim - California State Legislature
- Zephyr Teachout - US Congress, New York
- Deborah Ross - US Senate, North Carolina
- Pramila Jayapal - US Congress, Washington 7th District
- Catherine Cortez Masto - US Senate, Nevada
- Victoria Neave - Texas State Legislature
- Michael Tubbs - Mayor of Stockton
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.
Women's March 2019
- APALA APALA Celebrates the Strength of Nevada’s AAPI Community at “For Nevada’s Future: Every Vote Counts” Reception in Vegas 8/12/2016
- Labor group says Asian-Americans can help flip red districts October 18, 2018 10:08 AM CST BY MARK GRUENBERG
- CLW 2016 Senate candidates
- accessed January 14 2018
- NAKASEC, Maro Park Shares Story with Sen. Cortez Masto DECEMBER 14, 2017YONGHO KIM