“I’m honored to be sworn in for a fourth term representing #NV04. During my time serving you, I’ve worked to deliver lower costs, better paying jobs and safer communities. . I’m ready to continue the work of Nevada families and workers.” (Twitter, 1/7/23)
“Your early support is critical to our ability to plan ahead and build the infrastructure necessary to keep my district blue. I strongly believe in year-round organizing and already have a field organizer on the ground to keep voters engaged and ready for what lies ahead. My district includes over 52,000 square miles of territory and has many rural voters who feel like their voices have been unheard. I’m committed to engaging with voters all across the district, but I need your help and can’t thank you enough for your support."
BACKGROUND + EXPERIENCE
Steven Horsford was born and raised in Las Vegas and has dedicated his life to advocating for his community. He was the first in his family to attend college, and later helped lead the state’s largest career training program at Nevada’s Culinary Academy, where he trained and placed thousands of Nevadans in well-paying jobs.
Horsford was first elected to the Nevada State Senate in 2004 and served until 2012. While there, he spearheaded work across party lines to solve the state’s worst budget crisis. In 2012, Rep. Horsford won the newly created 4th Congressional District and became the first African American to represent Nevada in Congress. He was defeated in both 2014 and 2016 but elected again in 2018, ‘20 and ‘22. In 2022, he defeated Republican Sam Peters by 4.8% in this Biden +8 district.
ON THE ISSUES
Horsford has advocated health care, education, protecting social security benefits, reducing gun violence and making affordable housing available for all.
“ I have worked for economic initiatives to expand job training and apprenticeship programs, fund our K-12 schools, provide real world supports for student, parents and teachers, delivered financial aid to more than 100,000 Nevada small businesses to keep their doors open and their workers on the job…I know that Nevadans are struggling to get ahead because of the rising costs of living…That’s why I helped pass an expanded Child Care Tax Credit….”
Nevada is a purple state widely seen as in play for both parties. Since Nevada will likely be a key Presidential battleground state in ‘24 and Democratic Senator Jacky Rosen will be on the ballot, Nevada will be at the epicenter of national politics.
Located in the central portion of the state, Nevada District 04 includes most of northern Clark County, most of Lincoln County, Lyon County,
a sliver of Churchill County, and all of Esmeralda, Mineral, and Nye counties.
Although the district appears rural, over 80% of its population lives in the heavily Democratic northern portion of Clark County. As a result, the district leans Democratic.
Nevada 04 has flipped between Democratic and Republican representation since it was created as a result of the 2010 census. Horsford won in 2012 and was seated for the 113th Congress in 2013 as the district's first Black congressman, serving just one term before he was defeated by Republican Cresent Hardy in 2014. Hardy lost in 2016 to Democrat Ruben Kihuen. Kihuen did not run for reelection in 2018, and the seat was won by Horsford in a rematch with Hardy. In 2020, Rep. Horsford defeated Jim Marchant. In 2022 he defeated Sam Peters by 4.8%.
COMMITTEES + CAUCUSES
House Ways & Means Committee
Financial Services Committee
Congressional Black Caucus (Chair)
Problem Solvers Caucus
New Democrat Coalition
Problem Solvers Caucus
As Rep. Horsford prepares for the 2024 election cycle against a
yet-to-be named opponent, he had $62,102 in cash on hand as of the end of 2022.