Catherine Cortez Masto



Catherine Cortez Masto is a US Senator representing Nevada. She is the first woman in Nevada and the first Latina ever elected to the Senate.

As Attorney General, Cortez Masto led the push to break up sex trafficking rings throughout the state. She partnered with community advocates to give first responders the tools they need to identify and intervene in trafficking incidents. She also helped pass a law to make sex trafficking a crime at the state level, an achievement that allowed state and local officials to share resources and information with federal prosecutors.

In the Senate, she 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 US 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.

Cortez Masto earned a BS in business administration in finance from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1986, and a JD from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1990. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband, a retired Secret Service agent.


US Senator


Previous Office(s) Held:
Attorney General of Nevada