|U.S. House, Nevada, District 4|
|January 3, 2013-present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Majority Floor Leader, Nevada State Senate|
|2009 - 2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|Cost per vote||$14.16 in 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Nevada State Senate, Clark 4|
|Bachelor's||University of Nevada, Reno, 1997|
|Place of birth||Las Vegas, NV|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 4.1.1 113th Congress
- 4.1.2 National security
- 4.1.3 Economy
- 4.1.4 Immigration
- 4.1.5 Healthcare
- 4.1.6 Social issues
- 4.2 Controversies
- 4.1 Legislative actions
- 5 Elections
- 6 Polls
- 7 Campaign donors
- 8 Analysis
- 9 Scorecards
- 10 Personal
- 11 Recent news
- 12 External links
- 13 References
Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Horsford is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning he will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.
Horsford was born in Las Vegas. He then received his Bachelor's in Political Science from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1997. Following his graduation, 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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Horsford's academic, professional and political career:
- 2004-2012:Nevada State Senate
- 2001-Present:Executive Director, Culinary Training Academy of Las Vegas
Horsford serves on the following committees:
- United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
- Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs
- Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements
- United States House Committee on Homeland Security
- Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies
- United States House Committee on Natural Resources
- Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
- Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Horsford served on these committees:
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Horsford served on these committees:
The 113th Congress has had 55 out of 5,401 introduced bills enacted into law (1%) as of November 30, 2013. Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 1.14% of introduced bills enacted into law in the first session. For more information pertaining to Horsford's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.
American intervention in Syria
- See also: United States involvement in Syria
Horsford released the following statement on September 11, 2013: "I commend President Obama for continuing to pursue a dialogue about the situation in Syria that is transparent and open. His decision to engage Congress has resulted in a comprehensive discussion of choices facing our country.
"To start, there were no good options regarding Syria. I have repeatedly voiced concern over the use of military force without a multinational coalition of partners, the costs of a potential strike, and the long-term ramifications of any action.
"Now there appears to be an opening for a potential diplomatic solution, working with the Russians and the international community, to secure Syrian chemical weapons. I support negotiations to the extent they help achieve that end. Pressure from the United States will likely prove to be the linchpin of any final agreement, and I support the President in his efforts to divest the Assad regime of its chemical weapons through international means."
Horsford supported HR 1960 - the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2014. The bill passed the House on June 14, 2013, with a vote of 315 - 108. Both parties were somewhat divided on the vote.
Horsford voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the Department of Homeland Security Appropriations Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.
Keystone Pipeline Amendment
Horsford voted in favor of House Amendment 69, which would have amended HR 3 to "require that the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, in consultation with the Department of Homeland Security, conduct a study of the vulnerabilities of the Keystone XL pipeline to a terrorist attack and certify that necessary protections have been put in place." The amendment failed on May 22, 2013, with a vote of 176 - 239 and was largely along party lines.
Horsford supported HR 624 - the CISPA (2013). The bill passed the House on April 18, 2013, with a vote of 288 - 127. The bill would allow federal intelligence agencies to share cybersecurity intelligence and information with private entities and utilities. The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.
- See also: United States Farm Bill 2013
- See also: United States budget debate, 2013
On September 30, 2013, the House passed a final stopgap spending bill before the shutdown went into effect. The bill included a one-year delay of the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate and would have also stripped the bill of federal subsidies for congressional members and staff. It passed through the House with a vote of 228-201. At 1 a.m. on October 1, 2013, one hour after the shutdown officially began, the House voted to move forward with going to a conference. In short order, Sen. Harry Reid rejected the call to conference. Horsford voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.
The shutdown finally ended on October 16, 2013, when the House took a vote on HR 2775 after it was approved by the Senate. The bill to reopen the government lifted the $16.7 trillion debt limit and funds the government through January 15, 2014. Federal employees also received retroactive pay for the shutdown period. The only concession made by Senate Democrats was to require income verification for Obamacare subsidies. The House passed the legislation shortly after the Senate, by a vote of 285-144, with all 144 votes against the legislation coming from Republican members. Horsford voted for HR 2775.
Morton Memos Prohibition
Horsford voted against House Amendment 136 - Prohibits the Enforcement of the Immigration Executive Order. The amendment was adopted by the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 224 - 201. The purpose of the amendment as stated on the official text is to "prohibit the use of funds to finalize, implement, administer, or enforce the Morton Memos." These memos would have granted administrative amnesty to certain illegal aliens residing in the United States. The vote largely followed party lines.
Horsford has voted against several attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Horsford voted against HR 1797 - Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act. The resolution passed the House on June 18, 2013, with a vote of 228 - 196. The purpose of the bill is to ban abortions that would take place 20 or more weeks after fertilization.
"Pay to play" donations
In August 2010, Horsford sent an email to potential contributors to Democratic candidates in 2010, offering access to himself and Senate leadership in exchange for cash donations. State Republican Party Chairman Mark Amodei criticized the email that appeared to imply regular legislators would not be allowed meetings with legislators unless they "paid to play." According to the email:
- “Organizations or individuals that contribute $25,000 or more will receive a private dinner with the Senate majority leader and chairs of all the standing committees,” the email solicitation says. “The dinner will permit up to 10 invited guests to accompany the Victory Leadership Circle Member.
Horsford ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Nevada's 4th District. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12, 2012. Dan Schwartz, Kenneth Wegner, Barbara Cegavske, and Danny Tarkanian faced one another in the June 12, 2012 Republican primary.
The Las Vegas Sun reported that in early October, the FDIC began seizing property in Nevada belonging to the Tarkanian family. The land was collateral for a real estate investment in California that fell through during the economic crisis. Since the land had greater value in 2007 than it did in 2012, the Tarkanians owed some 17 million dollars on the deal. Candidate Danny Tarkanian insisted that the family would settle this matter in court, and that they would not need to file bankruptcy.
The Tarkanian debt became an issue in Steven Horsford's campaign against Danny Tarkanian in the new 4th Congressional District. The Sun reported that after the debt development,Tarkanian attacked Horsford's personal financial record, claiming that he repeatedly failed to pay his bills as a young man. Tarkanian insisted that his family's struggles are a direct result of the huge financial downturn of 2008.
|U.S. House, Nevada District 4 General Election, 2012|
|Libertarian||Joseph P. Silvestri||3.9%||9,341|
|Independent American Party of Nevada||Floyd Fitzgibbons||3.9%||9,389|
|Source: Nevada Secretary of State "U.S. House of Representatives Results"|
Horsford announced in October 2011 that he would not recuse himself from the map-drawing process should the legislature be called into special session. His campaign could have potentially been impacted by the ultimate makeup of the districts.
|Nevada State Senate, Clark 4 District (2008)|
|Steven Horsford (D)||25,943||73.81%|
|Nevada State Senate, Clark 4 District (2004)|
|Steven Horsford (D)||22,060||71.82%|
|Danny Tarkanian vs. Steven Horsford|
|Poll||Danny Tarkanian||Steven Horsford||Other||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
(September 20, 2012)
|Note: The polls above may not reflect all polls that have been conducted in this race. Those displayed are a random sampling chosen by Ballotpedia staff. If you would like to nominate another poll for inclusion in the table, send an email to email@example.com|
Comprehensive donor information for Horsford is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Horsford raised a total of $1,718,991 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 18, 2013.
|Steven Horsford's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Nevada, District 4)||$1,718,991|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,718,991|
Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Horsford's reports.
|Steven Horsford (2014) Campaign Finance Reports|
|Report||Date Filed||Beginning Balance||Total Contributions|
for Reporting Period
|Expenditures||Cash on Hand|
|October Quarterly||October 15, 2013||$21,221.53||$171,922.31||$(75,461.70)||$117,682.14|
|Year-End Quarterly||December 31, 2013||$117,682||$143,000||$(88,096)||$167,941|
Cost per vote
Horsford spent $14.16 per vote received in 2012.
|U.S. House, Nevada District 4, 2012 - Steven Horsford Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$1,261,004|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$1,234,212|
|Top contributors to Steven Horsford's campaign committee|
|MGM Resorts International||$53,000|
|Nevada Heart & Vascular Center||$23,500|
|University of Nevada||$14,100|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Public Sector Unions||$81,000|
In 2008, Horsford collected $417,250 in donations.
His five largest contributors in 2008 were:
|Nevada State Education Association||$12,000|
|Nevada Democratic Party||$11,877|
|Clark County Education Association||$10,000|
|Nevada Heart and Vascular Center LLP||$10,000|
The website OpenCongress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.
Horsford most often votes with:
Horsford least often votes with:
Voting with party
The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus. According to the website, Steven Horsford has voted with the Democratic Party 94% of the time, which ranked 123rd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.
Lifetime voting record
According to the website GovTrack, Horsford missed 1 of 92 roll call votes from January 2013 to April 2013. This amounts to 1.1%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org, Horsford's net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $29,015 and $260,000. That averages to $144,507.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Horsford ranked as the 367th most wealthy representative in 2012.
|Steven Horsford Yearly Net Worth|
|Year||Avg. Net Worth||% Difference from previous year|
Nevada Policy Research Institute
The Nevada Policy Research Institute, a Nevada-based conservative-libertarian think tank, releases a "Legislative Report Card" evaluating members of the Nevada State Legislature on "each lawmaker's voting record on legislation impacting the degree of economic freedom and education reform." Bills determined by the Institute to be of greater significance are weighted accordingly. According to the Institute, "a legislator with a score above 50 is considered to be an ally of economic liberty".
Horsford and his wife, Sonya, have three children.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Steven + Horsford + Nevada + Senate" Steven Horsford News Feed
- Nevada lawmaker: 'Don't know that this is the year' to attend Olympics - Washington Times (blog)
- Black Nevada legislators: Barriers broken but much work remains - Las Vegas Review-Journal
- Vegas marks MLK Day with parade, charity events - MyNews3 Las Vegas KSNV
- After a first year filled with hurdles, Horsford touts accomplishments - Las Vegas Sun
- President Obama to Nominate Las Vegas Lawyer for Judgeship - KTVN
- Former Tea Party strategist announces bid for Horsford's seat - Las Vegas Sun
- Roll call for Jan. 19 - Concord Monitor
- Hardy gains top Nevada GOP endorsements in race for Congress - Las Vegas Review-Journal
- Niger Innis Declares Bid for Nevada Congressional Seat - Newsmax.com
- Horsford hears Ely residents' concerns - Ely Daily Times
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- Politico "2012 House Race Results"
- National Journal "Nevada, 4th House District: Steven Horsford (D)," November 7, 2012
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress, accessed September 5, 2013
- Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity," December 9, 2013
- House.gov, "Horsford Press Release on Syria", accessed September 16, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Steven Horsford's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 29, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
- Vote Smart, "Horsford on agriculture", accessed September 29, 2013
- New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
- Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
- U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
- The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Steven Horsford's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 29, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Representative Steven Horsford's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed September 29, 2013
- Project Vote Smart, "Horsford on abortion," accessed September 29, 2013
- Nevada News Bureau "Nevada Senate Democrats Offer Access In Exchange For PAC Contributions, GOP Criticizes ‘Pay To Play’," Accessed June 19, 2013
- Pahrump Valley Times "Schwartz, Wegner join four-way GOP race for Congress" Accessed February 4, 2012
- Las Vegas Sun "FDIC sets out to seize Tarkanian family’s Nevada assets" Accessed October 18, 2012
- Las Vegas Sun "Horsford-Tarkanian bout for Congress dominated by debt issues " Accessed October 18, 2012
- Nevada Appeal "Horsford won't recuse himself from redistricting," October 14, 2011
- Nevada Secretary of State - 2008 General Election Results
- Nevada Secretary of State - 2004 General Election Results
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Steven Horsford," Accessed April 18, 2013
- Federal Election Commission "Horsford 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013
- FEC "April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
- FEC "Steven Horsford," accessed July 22, 2013
- FEC "Steven Horsford," accessed October 25, 2013
- FEC "Steven Horsford," accessed February 12, 2014
- Open Secrets "Steven Horsford 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed June 19, 2013
- 2008 contributions to Steven Horsford
- OpenCongress, "Steven Horsford," Accessed August 6, 2013
- OpenCongress "Voting With Party"
- GovTrack, "Horsford," Accessed April 10, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org,"Steven Horsford (D-NV), 2012"
- Nevada Policy Research Institute, "The 2011 Nevada Legislative Session Review & Report Card"
|United States House of Representatives - Nevada District 4
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|Nevada Senate, Clark 4 District
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