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Steven Horsford was born in Las Vegas, Nevada. He graduated from Clark High School and went on to study political science at the University of Nevada, Reno. After dropping out in order to support his family, he struggled and defaulted on loans, and failed to appear in court. He attributed much of this to a car accident and has since settled all of his debts. For more than a decade, Horsford was CEO of the Culinary Training Academy, a job training program. Horsford worked on the Southern Nevada Workforce Investment Board (which later became Workforce Connections) from early 2000 until June 2004.

From 2004-2012, Horsford served in the Nevada State Senate, representing the Clark 4 District from 2004-2013. He was Nevada’s first African American State Senate Majority Leader. Horsford was elected in 2012 as a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing Nevada's 4th Congressional District. He lost his bid for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He won the Democratic nomination in the primary election on June 10, 2014, but was defeated by Cresent Hardy (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014. After his election defeat in 2014, Horsford declined to run again in 2016, instead becoming an executive with international Vegas-based business and marketing consulting firm, R&R Partners. In January 2018, he announced he would run again for his old seat in the midterm elections.

He has been endorsed by numerous individuals and organizations, including Former President Barack Obama, Former Vice President Joe Biden, U.S. Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) and the Human Rights Campaign.


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Health Care

I believe that healthcare is a right, not a privilege, and I will fight to make health care accessible and affordable. In 2013, I underwent heart surgery. I know many Nevadans are struggling to afford health care and medications.

I will work to improve the Affordable Care Act to ensure that quality healthcare is available for all of us, and stand up against Republican efforts to strip health care away from thousands of Nevadans.

I will also work to make prescription medications more affordable and recently announced an Affordable Prescription Plan to reduce the skyrocketing price of lifesaving medications.

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Education

I will fight to properly fund our schools, from Pre-K through high school and college, so that every student in every school can succeed. As Nevada Senate Majority Leader, I helped ensure the state’s budget shortfall did not result in drastic cuts to our classrooms or hurt our students. Now, we must do more to equip our children with the education and skills they need to compete. Working with parent and community organizations, we must demand that all of our schools receive the resources and quality teachers every child needs to learn. We must also ensure that Betsy DeVos, Secretary for the Department of Education, does not slash funding from critical programs or protections for our children.

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Advancing Women’s Rights

I will fight for women’s rights. I support equal pay so that women receive the same pay as their male peers for the same work. In Congress, I co-sponsored H.R. 377, the Paycheck Fairness Act, to prohibit wage discrimination based on gender. I have always supported reproductive freedom, including a woman’s right to make her own health care decisions, and access to all reproductive healthcare options, and paid family leave. In Congress, I also co-sponsored the reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act as well as legislation to investigate, prevent, and reduce sexual assault incidents in the Armed Forces.

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Immigration

In 2013, I was one of five original cosponsors of H.R.15, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act. This comprehensive immigration reform package would have funded border security and provided a pathway to citizenship. I will continue to work to pass immigration reform and strengthen Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA) and other protections for young people. I will fight for Dreamers and families caught in a broken immigration system.





Forum details

 

Date & time

Sun, October 7, 2018
5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Masjid Ibrahim

3799 N. Edward Ave.
Las Vegas, NV 89108

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