“Since coming to Congress, I’ve always made it my priority to work with my colleagues on both sides of the aisle to get things done for Nevadans by passing common-sense legislation.”
“I’m proud to be recognized as one of the top 10 most bipartisan members in the United States Senate, and I will continue working tirelessly across party lines to solve problems and help Nevada’s hardworking families get ahead.”
Sen. Jacky Rosen has represented Nevada in the Senate since 2019; this is her first reelection campaign, often the most vulnerable for an incumbent. From 2017 to 2019, she represented Nevada’s 3rd Congressional District in the House, her first elected position. In both cases, Rosen defeated incumbent Republicans.
Growing up in a working-class family in the Chicago suburbs, Rosen was the first in her family to graduate from college. To afford higher education and make ends meet, she took out student loans and worked multiple jobs, including waiting tables at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas where she was a proud member of Culinary Workers Union Local 226.
Rosen earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis in 1979 and her associate degree in Computing and Information Technology in 1985 from Clark County Community College, now the College of Southern Nevada. After working as a computer programmer at major companies in Southern Nevada, Rosen stepped away to care for her aging parents and in-laws. Prior to entering politics, she served as President of her synagogue, the largest Jewish Congregation in Nevada, where her rabbi called her “the ultimate connector.”
ACCOMPLISHMENTS AS SENATOR
When Rosen began her six-year Senate term in January 2019, fresh from her experience in the House, she resolved to meet with all 53 Republican colleagues. She started by meeting leaders of the committees on which she serves and has since connected with most other GOP members.
In her first year, Rosen got a bill signed to law that increases participation of underrepresented populations, including young girls, in fields focused on science, technology, engineering, math (STEM) through National Science Foundation grants. This was quite a feat given that of the 3,703 bills and resolutions introduced in the chamber in 2019, only 30 became law.
More than 90% of the legislation Rosen has introduced in the Senate has been bipartisan and her commitment to building relationships and working across the aisle has earned her a reputation for making “Republicans friends as a way to get things done.”
Rosen was ranked the third most bipartisan Senate freshman in the first half of 2019 by public-affairs data and analytics firm Quorum and in the 2021 session, she was ranked the ninth-most bipartisan.
Rosen cites infrastructure, STEM education, veterans’ issues, and the military as “neither Democrat[ic] or Republican,” and thus areas where bipartisan progress can be made. In 2021, she helped write and pass the historic Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
Both the Cook Political report and Sabato rate Nevada as Lean D and Inside Politics as Battleground D. However, the last presidential races have been tight with both Hillary Clinton and Joe Biden carrying the state by 2.4%. In the ‘22 mid-term election, Senator Cortez-Masto kept her seat with a slim margin of 0.74% and the incumbent Democratic Governor lost his bid for reelection by 1.5%.
The state demographics are changing: 29.5% of the population is Hispanic, 47.4% white, 9.4% black, 0.8% American Indian/Alaska Native, and 9.2% Asian/Pacific Islander. The Hispanic vote will be an important factor.
In a 2023 analysis, Voto Latino found that despite having Sen. Catherine Cortez Masto, a Latina, in the midterm race, Democrats’ Senate overall vote share in Nevada fell to 62 percent among Latinos, compared to Rosen’s 2018 67 percent among that demographic, according to exit polls. The two most populated counties (Washoe and Clark) decide races and lean Democratic currently but reducing margins for Republicans in rural counties will be important in ‘24. The impact of the Culinary Workers Union and the Harry Reid machine will be key to voter turnout. In 2022, 54.7% of registered voters cast a ballot, 51% of those by mail. In 2020, 77.26% of registered voters cast a ballot, with 47% sending absentee ballots.
No candidate has yet emerged to challenge Sen. Rosen. Adam Laxalt, who ran against Cortez-Masto in 2022, has said he is not running in 2024.
COMMITTEES + CAUCUSES
Member, Committee on Armed Services
Member, Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
Member, Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions
Member, Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs
Member, Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship
Member, Permanent Committee on Investigations
Member, Special Committee on Aging
Member, Subcommittee on Aviation Safety, Operations, and Innovation
Member, Subcommittee on Communications, Media, and Broadband
Member, Subcommittee on Cyber Security
Member, Subcommittee on Employment and Workplace Safety
Member, Subcommittee on Primary Health, and Retirement Security
Member, Subcommittee on Regulatory Affairs and Federal Management
Member, Subcommittee on Strategic Forces
Chair, Subcommittee on Tourism, Trade, and Export Promotion
Asian American Action fund
Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence
Culinary Union Local 226
End Citizens United
Human Rights Campaign
League of Conservation Voters
NARAL Pro-Choice America
Nevada Conservation League
Nevada State AFL CIO
Nevada State Education Association
Planned Parenthood Action Fund