STEVEN HORSFORD: Fighting For All Of Us
Steven Horsford was elected to Congress in 2018, winning an open seat in the 4th District of Nevada, representing northern Clark County and all or part of several rural counties around Las Vegas. The district had been held by a Republican as recently as the 2015-16 Congress.
Horsford was born in Las Vegas, Nevada and had a difficult home life as a child, as his mother struggled with substance abuse. Steven became the first in his family to go to college, attending the University of Nevada, Reno. When he was 19, his father was shot to death, and Steven dropped out of college to care for his younger siblings, later finishing his degree and graduating nearly 20 years after he started.
Steven soon built a successful career creating job opportunities for others. For more than a decade, Steven led the state’s largest career training program at Nevada’s Culinary Academy, where he helped train and place thousands of Nevadans in good-paying jobs in the hospitality industry. This included thousands of unemployed, laid off and underemployed Nevadans, even in the darkest days of the recession.
Winning The Tough Fights
Steven won a State Senate seat in 2004, rising quickly to Majority Leader. In the State Senate, Steven took on big polluters to pass the "Clean Energy Jobs Initiative" and make Nevada a leader in renewable energy. When Nevada’s economy was devastated during the recession, Steven worked across party lines to solve the worst budget crisis in state history.
In 2012, Steven won the newly created 4th congressional district and become the first African-American to represent Nevada in Congress. He narrowly lost the seat by 4,000 votes in the 2014 Republican wave, but recaptured the seat in 2018.
Between his terms in the U.S. Congress, Steven ran his own small business and learned first hand the challenges that small business owners face. Steven continued to focus on creating job training opportunities for workers and underserved communities. A devoted family man, Steven has built a strong family with his wife, Sonya Horsford, and their three children.