Erin Bilbray

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Erin Bilbray
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Former candidate for
U.S. House, Nevada, District 3
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
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Erin Bilbray was a 2014 Democratic candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Nevada.[1] She won the Democratic nomination in the primary election on June 10, 2014.[2] Bilbray was defeated by incumbent Rep. Joe Heck (R) in the general election on November 4, 2014.[3]


Bilbray is a committeewoman on the Democratic National Committee. In 2006, she founded Emerge Nevada, a group that trains women to run for office.[1]



Bilbray experienced controversy within hours of her campaign announcement. Her residence is outside of Nevada's 3rd District. The law does not require residency to run for office. Bilbray defended her run saying, “We live in this community. We’ve spent most of our lives here. It’s where I get my haircut, where we do our grocery shopping, and where our kids play. Redistricting may have just put our house just outside the line, but it doesn’t change my deep roots in Southern Nevada and my commitment to this community and district.”[1]

Campaign themes


Bilbray listed the following themes, among others, on her campaign website.[4]

  • Jobs: "My highest priority is getting our economy back on track and creating an environment for businesses to create good-paying jobs to put still struggling Nevadans back to work. Congress can help small businesses succeed by getting out of the way, cutting red tape and excessive regulation, encouraging banks to lend again, and providing tax relief for small businesses. We need to encourage job growth here in Nevada–not China–by ending tax loopholes that encourage companies to go or expand overseas."
  • Deficit and Spending: "Congress needs to take a lesson from Nevada families and live within its means. I will work to cut wasteful spending and take away Congress' credit card by enforcing pay-as-you-go rules. Our budget reflects our values: we can and must invest in our children, in infrastructure, and the ability of our seniors to retire with dignity while we continue to reduce the deficit. I'll work to eliminate corporate tax loopholes, while protecting tax relief for the middle class."
  • Health Care: "Health care costs continue to be too high for both patients and small businesses. The Affordable Care Act contains a lot of common sense solutions, such as protecting coverage for those with pre-existing conditions, lowering drug costs for seniors, and allowing young people to stay on their parents' insurance plan for a longer period. But the results of full implementation remain to be seen. I believe we still need to do more to contain costs. I'm proud that my husband and I created Nevada's only completely free pediatric health clinic."
  • Medicare and Social Security: "I will not support any plan to privatize Social Security and Medicare. I believe we cannot fix our fiscal problems on the backs of our retirees. Congress needs to address the deficit and spending by eliminating corporate tax loopholes, cutting spending, cracking down on waste and fraud, and tightening our belts. It is not right to ask Americans who have paid into a system their entire lives to sacrifice before Congress takes these issues seriously."
  • Immigration: "I support comprehensive immigration reform that is tough, fair, and practical. First, we need to increase border security and enforcement. I support bringing people back into the immigration system legally through a path to citizenship for those without criminal records. Reform must include a reasonable plan for paying back taxes and fines, securing education, and gaining employment."


—Erin Bilbray, Campaign website (archive)



See also: Nevada's 3rd Congressional District elections, 2014

The 3rd Congressional District of Nevada held an election for the U.S. House of Representatives on November 4, 2014. Incumbent Joe Heck (R) defeated Erin Bilbray (D), Randy Kimmick (L), David Goossen (I) and Steven St John (I) in the general election. Bilbray defeated Zachary Campbell in the Democratic primary on June 10, 2014, while the other candidates ran unopposed or did not run in the primary.

Nevada's 3rd was considered a battleground district in 2014. Heck had only been in office since 2011, and although he won re-election in 2012 with a 7.5 percent margin of victory, the district voted Democratic in the 2012 presidential election. President Barack Obama won the district by just 0.8 percent.

U.S. House, Nevada District 3 General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Heck Incumbent 60.8% 88,528
     Democratic Erin Bilbray 36.1% 52,644
     Libertarian Randy Kimmick 1.1% 1,566
     Independent David Goossen 1.1% 1,637
     Independent Steven St John 0.9% 1,344
Total Votes 145,719
Source: Nevada Secretary of State
U.S. House, Nevada District 3 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngErin Bilbray 84% 13,204
Zachary Campbell 16% 2,511
Total Votes 15,715
Source: Nevada Secretary of State - Official Election Results

Race background

Bilbray was a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Jumpstart program. According to the DCCC, the program provided members running in Republican leaning districts with “early financial communications, operational and strategic support.”[6]

She raised $250,000 in her first quarter as a candidate.[7]


Bilbray was endorsed by the following groups:[8]

Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Bilbray's reports.[9]

Erin Bilbray (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[10]October 14, 2013$0.00$253,158.62$(58,224.04)$194,934.58
Year-End[11]January 31, 2014$194,934.58$164,661.65$(114,072.54)$245,523.69
April Quarterly[12]April 15, 2014$245,523.69$271,528.27$(90,533.67)$426,518.29
Pre-Primary[13]May 29, 2014$426,518.29$76,689.64$(115,831.70)$387,376.23
July Quarterly[14]July 15, 2014$387,376.23$147,599.72$(35,833.27)$499,142.68
October Quarterly[15]October 15, 2014$499,142.68$172,864.20$(561,896.14)$110,110.74
Pre-General[16]October 23, 2014$110,110.74$31,555.70$(93,545.85)$48,120.59
Running totals


Campaign video from Erin Bilbray for Congress[17]


Bilbray is the daughter of former Nevada Representative James Bilbray.[1] She and her husband, Noah, have two daughters, Caroline Riley and Daisy.[18]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Review Journal, "Erin Bilbray-Kohn announces run for Congress," accessed September 9, 2013
  2. Associated Press, "Nevada - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 10, 2014
  3. Politico, "2014 Nevada House Election Results," accessed November 17, 2014
  4. Erin Bilbray for Congress, "On the Issues," accessed March 25, 2014
  5. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  6. Roll Call, "New Batch of Democratic Recruits Named to DCCC's Jumpstart Program," accessed September 9, 2013
  7. Roll Call, "Nevada Candidate Raised $250K in Her First Quarter," accessed October 11, 2013
  8. Erin Bilbray for Congress, "Endorsements," accessed March 26, 2014
  9. Federal Election Commission, "Erin Bilbray Summary Report," accessed April 23, 2014
  10. Federal Election Commission, "Erin Bilbray October Quarterly," accessed March 19, 2014
  11. Federal Election Commission, "Erin Bilbray Year End," accessed March 19, 2014
  12. Federal Election Commission, "Erin Bilbray April Quarterly," accessed April 23, 2014
  13. Federal Election Commission, "Erin Bilbray Pre-Primary," accessed November 4, 2014
  14. Federal Election Commission, "Erin Bilbray July Quarterly," accessed November 4, 2014
  15. Federal Election Commission, "Erin Bilbray October Quarterly," accessed November 4, 2014
  16. Federal Election Commission, "Erin Bilbray Pre-General," accessed November 4, 2014
  17. YouTube, "Dedicated," accessed March 26, 2014
  18. Erin Bilbray for Congress, "About Me," accessed March 26, 2014