Catherine Cortez Masto
DEMOCRAT FOR SENATE
A LIFETIME SPENT FIGHTING TO PROTECT NEVADA FAMILIES
Catherine Cortez Masto has spent her career fighting to protect Nevada families.
Cortez Masto served two terms as Nevada’s Attorney General and became well known for her integrity and leadership on behalf of Nevada families, women, and seniors.
As the chief law enforcement officer of Nevada, Cortez Masto worked closely with law enforcement, treatment providers, and community advocates to combat the use and distribution of methamphetamines. She helped pass new laws to crack down on meth manufacturers and restrict the sale of materials used to make the drug.
Staying true to her commitment to protecting seniors, Cortez Masto created a senior protection unit in the Attorney General’s office to ensure that her investigators and prosecutors had the necessary tools to pursue those who abuse, neglect, or exploit seniors in our communities.
A lifelong advocate for women and children, Cortez Masto worked to strengthen laws preventing sex trafficking and violence against women. She helped pass a bill that established the crime of sex trafficking of children and adults, allowed victims to receive assistance, and gave them the right to sue their traffickers. She also took steps to protect children from sexual predators by passing new laws that strengthened the registration and notification requirements of convicted sex offenders.
To aid middle-class families and protect consumers and homeowners, Cortez Masto created the Mortgage Fraud Strike Force to investigate and prosecute fraudulent foreclosure rescue and loan modification scams. And she led the fight against foreclosure fraud, securing an estimated $1.9 billion from big banks on behalf of Nevada homeowners as part of the National Mortgage Settlement.
Prior to her service as Attorney General, Cortez Masto worked as an Assistant County Manager for Clark County, Nevada. She also served as a federal criminal prosecutor for the United States Attorney’s Office in Washington, D.C. and was Chief of Staff to Governor Bob Miller. She currently resides in Las Vegas with her husband Paul.
In the Senate, I’ll work day and night to lift Nevada’s economy by fighting for higher wages for workers, promoting innovation and small business entrepreneurship, and making Nevada even more enticing for new sectors and companies to move here.
I’ll work to lower the tax burden for the middle-class and push Washington to start being responsible in budgeting taxpayer money. I’ll fight for more transportation funding like the I-11 highway from Las Vegas to Phoenix, which will create jobs, spur commerce, and encourage tourism between these two major cities. We also need to continue to diversify our economy by investing in Nevada’s emerging clean energy industry. Nevada has an abundance of solar, wind, and geothermal energy. It is vital that we capitalize on this, which will bring good-paying, middle-class jobs to our state that can’t be outsourced.
Furthermore, I will fight against reckless trade deals that send American jobs overseas and work to end special tax breaks for corporations that ship American jobs overseas.
As Attorney General, I refused to rubber-stamp a nationwide settlement with the big banks that was negotiated behind closed doors, because I thought Nevada families deserved – and could get – a better deal. We won that fight, which resulted in a historic $1.9 billion settlement with Bank of America that brought some much-needed relief to Nevada families who were defrauded out of their homes by the big banks.
Similarly, trade agreements that affect the jobs of American workers should be debated in the open – not negotiated in back-room deals and then sent to Congress to be rubber-stamped. I oppose so-called “fast track,” and I will oppose any trade deals that could result in more American jobs being shipped overseas.
As Attorney General, I created a special unit to go after scam artists who prey on Nevada seniors. In the Senate, I will fight to protect Medicare and Social Security from politicians who want to dismantle the programs.
Social Security is a sacred promise we owe our seniors so they can retire with dignity and peace of mind. I will oppose any attempts to cut or privatize Social Security and subject Nevada seniors’ retirement security to the whims of the stock market.
I will also oppose reckless budget proposals that turn Medicare into a voucher program and increase seniors’ insurance premiums by thousands of dollars a year.
I support comprehensive immigration reform that secures our borders and allows millions of undocumented immigrants to come out of the shadows to earn a path to citizenship. Congress needs to do its job and pass immigration reform to keep families together.
As Attorney General, I went after Bank of America and the big banks who forced countless Nevada families out of their homes through fraudulent and predatory lending practices. This resulted in a historic $1.9 billion settlement that brought some relief to Nevadans who lost their homes during the collapse of the housing market. In the Senate, I will continue this fight to help Nevada families who are facing foreclosure through no fault of their own and hold accountable the big banks who prey on Nevada homeowners.
Our country still has a long way to go in ensuring paycheck fairness for middle-class families. This isn’t just a women’s issue; it’s an economic issue for Nevadans who are struggling to feed their families and keep a roof over their heads. We cannot achieve real economic fairness for the middle-class if Nevada families aren’t earning a fair day’s wage for a fair day’s work.
It is time for politicians in Washington to stop the partisan games and pass real equal-pay-for-equal-work legislation that will level the playing field for working families suffering from pay discrimination. As Attorney General, I worked to protect Nevada’s middle-class families, and if elected to the United States Senate, I will continue to do so by fighting to achieve paycheck fairness.
Energy and Environment
With a population of less than 200,000, the Las Vegas I grew up in was less than one-third the size it is now, and I liked nothing more than being outdoors in the nearby desert camping, hiking, and fishing with my parents. As Senator, I will fight to ensure that future generations are able to experience the incredible natural resources Nevada has to offer, just like I did.
As U.S. Senator, I will work to ensure we are fully utilizing Nevada’s abundance of wind, solar, and geothermal energy resources and increase investments in renewable energy technology to create green jobs here in Nevada. I will also work to preserve and protect Nevada’s incredible public lands – a unique, valuable resource in Nevada that creates thousands of jobs and brings in millions of dollars into our state’s economy every year. We must safeguard our natural resources and stop Big Oil from receiving unnecessary tax subsidies.
While Nevada slowly recovers from the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression, many people who have been able to find work are still unable to live off the wages they earn. It is long past time for Congress to raise the minimum wage so working Americans can feed their families off the pay they earn.
Human trafficking is a horrific crime, one that claims an estimated 100,000 American children as victims every year. Congress recently took an important step by passing legislation to fight against this heinous crime – but there’s still so much more we could be doing. I saw firsthand the terrible toll human trafficking takes on our communities when I was Attorney General. And I learned that the only way to fight it is by all of us standing together to protect vulnerable children who are at risk of being entrapped by traffickers.
As Attorney General, I cracked down on sex traffickers and fought for legislation to better provide resources for victims – and I intend to take that fight to the Senate. We accomplished a lot in Nevada to support victims and penalize traffickers, but we can still do more – and I won’t rest until the job is done.
Nothing is more important to me than keeping Nevada families safe. I’m a prosecutor who spent eight years as Attorney General putting drug dealers, sex traffickers, and violent criminals behind bars. I also worked with Homeland Security officials to gather intelligence about criminal and terrorist threats to protect Nevadans. In contrast, even keeping our families safe has been hurt by gridlock and ideological pursuits in Washington.
My husband is a retired Secret Service Agent. We are both gun owners. But imagine the lunacy of letting those listed on the terrorist no-fly list to be able to buy guns like the rest of us. That makes no sense. It’s time we focus on our common good, as Democrats and Republicans, to protect our country. ISIS is determined to continue to attack us and we must destroy them before more innocent lives are taken. This starts by Congress declaring war on ISIS. We also need to directly arm and train the Iraqi Kurds to help combat ISIS, as well as increase targeted air strikes and continue supporting our allies in the region to root out terrorists.
The recent Supreme Court decision on marriage equality was a landmark decision in the fight for equality, but there is still more work to do. LGBT Americans still face discrimination in housing and in the workplace.
We also still have work to do in eliminating discrimination against LGBT Americans in public accommodation, jury service, and education. In the Senate, I will work to end discrimination against every Nevadan regardless of whom they love.
As Attorney General, I fought to prevent Washington bureaucrats from turning our state into a nuclear waste dump; as a Senator, I will work with Senator Dean Heller to fight this dangerous scheme that threatens the health and safety of Nevada families. Yucca Mountain is dead and will continue to be if I’m fortunate enough to be elected as Nevada’s next Senator.
The Citizens United decision has been a disaster for our democracy, tearing apart our campaign finance laws and bringing on a flood of anonymous “dark money.” We can’t continue to let the voices of everyday Americans be lost in a sea of special interest spending. I’m running for Senate because I’m committed to fighting back against runaway spending that erodes our democracy. In the Senate, I will work to overturn this decision that has given too much power without any accountability to large corporations.
Access to birth control shouldn’t be a luxury that’s just for the people who can afford it: It’s basic health care, and we need to make sure that every woman can access the care she needs. That’s why I support the Affordability is Access Act, legislation that would require insurance companies to provide birth control at no additional cost. I will also oppose any efforts to restrict women’s access to preventative health care.
I’m a strong believer in a woman’s right to choose and will oppose efforts to criminalize abortion. Reproductive health decisions should be made by a woman and her doctor, not politicians in Washington.
A good education can help children rise out of poverty and provide a better life for themselves. But too often, children fall through the cracks of an underfunded education system. I’m glad legislators in both parties came together with Governor Sandoval to pass a historic increase in education funding. Helping our kids get a good education should never be a partisan issue. This was an example of Democrats and Republicans coming together to solve problems, just as I did for eight years as Attorney General. Unfortunately, a bipartisan commitment to solving problems isn’t something we see very often in Washington.
I will fight for more education funding because our kids cannot get a 21st Century education in an overcrowded classroom or a portable trailer. We need to make sure teachers have the tools they need for our kids to succeed. By working together, we can transform Nevada’s education system so every child has an opportunity to succeed. I will also oppose any efforts by some in Washington to abolish the Department of Education. We need to do more for our kids, not less.