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Dina Titus
Dina Titus.jpg
U.S. House, Nevada, District 1
In office
January 3, 2013-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorShelley Berkley (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,273,981
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
U.S. House
Nevada Senate
Bachelor'sCollege of William and Mary
Master'sUniversity of Georgia
Ph.D.Florida State University
Date of birthMay 23, 1950
Place of birthTifton, Georgia
ProfessionProfessor of Political Science
Net worth$5,376,028
ReligionGreek Orthodox
Office website
Campaign website
Dina Titus campaign logo
Dina Titus (b.May 23, 1950, in Tifton, Georgia) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing the 1st Congressional District of Nevada. Titus ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12, 2012 and won election on November 6, 2012.[1] Titus previously represented the 3rd Congressional District of Nevada from 2009 to 2011, having lost the 2010 election to Rep. Joe Heck.

Heck is one of nine individuals elected to the U.S. House in 2012 who have prior congressional experience, and one of five House Democrats ousted in 2010 to reclaim a seat two years later.[2][3]

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Titus is an average Democratic member of Congress, meaning she will vote with the Democratic Party on the majority of bills.


Titus grew up in Tifton, Georgia. After receiving her Bachelor of Arts from the College of William and Mary, Titus went on to earn a Master of Arts from the University of Georgia and a Doctorate from Florida State University. She then taught American and Nevada government classes at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas for 34 years until her retirement in 2011. She was also a state senator representing SD-7 for 20 years until her election to the U.S. House of Representatives from Nevada's 3rd congressional district in 2008, a seat she lost two years later in a close race against Rep. Joe Heck.[4]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Titus serves on the following committees:[5]

  • Committee on Veterans' Affairs
    • Subcommittee on Disability Assistance and Memorial Affairs Chair
    • Subcommittee on Economic Opportunity
  • Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
    • Subcommittee on Aviation - 10
    • Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings and Emergency Management
    • Subcommittee on Highways and Transit
    • Subcommittee on Railroads, Pipelines, and Hazardous Materials


Voting record

Frequency of Voting with Democratic Leadership

According to a July 2010 analysis of 1,357 votes cast from January 1, 2009 to June 16, 2010, Titus has voted with the House Democratic leadership 96.6% of the time.[6] That same analysis reported that she also voted with party leadership 97.7% of the time in 2010.

Washington Post Analysis

A separate analysis from The Washington Post, concluded that she votes 97.1% of the time with a majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives.[7]

Legislative actions

113th Congress


The second session of the 113th Congress enacted into law 114 out of the 3,036 introduced bills (3.8 percent). Comparatively, the 112th Congress had 4.2 percent of introduced bills enacted into law in the second session.[8] For more information pertaining to Titus's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[9]

National security

National Defense Authorization Act

Voted "Yes" Titus 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.[10]

Department of Homeland Security Appropriations

Voted "No" Titus 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.[10]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" Titus 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.[10]

Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act

Voted "Yes" Titus supported HR 624 - the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act. 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.[11] The bill was largely supported by Republicans but divided the Democratic Party.[10]


Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Voted "No" Titus voted against the July 11, 2013 Farm Bill. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[12] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[13]

King Amendment

Titus signed a letter sent to Collin Peterson in August 2013, asking him to keep Steve King's amendment out of the final Farm Bill.[14] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[15]. King introduced the amendment in response to a law in California, requiring a larger size cage for egg-producing chickens. King represents Iowa, which is a large egg producer.


Morton Memos Enforcement Prohibition

Voted "No" Titus 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.[16] The vote largely followed party lines.[17]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Titus has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[18]

Social issues


Voted "No" Titus 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.[19]



See also: Nevada's 1st congressional district elections, 2012

Titus ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Nevada's 1st District. With incumbent Democrat Rep. Shelley Berkley seeking election to the U.S. Senate, Titus faced no challengers in the June 12, 2012 Democratic primary. Ruben Kihuen had declared his candidacy for the seat, but withdrew in January when he was outpaced in fundraising and early polls.[20]

U.S. House, Nevada District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDina Titus 63.6% 113,967
     Republican Chris Edwards 31.5% 56,521
     Libertarian William Pojunis 2.6% 4,645
     Independent American Party of Nevada Stan Vaughan 2.3% 4,145
Total Votes 179,278
Source: Nevada Secretary of State "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

Full history

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Titus is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Titus raised a total of $5,696,585 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 18, 2013.[23]

Dina Titus's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Nevada, District 1) Won $1,273,981
2010 US House (Nevada, District 3) Defeated $2,565,868
2008 US House (Nevada, District 3) Won $1,856,736
Grand Total Raised $5,696,585


Candidates for Congress are required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Titus' reports.[24]

Dina Titus (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
April Quarterly[25]4/15/2013$54,359.97$87,931.50$(62,764.98)$79,526.49
July Quarterly[26]7/15/2013$79,526.49$152,332.13$(89,135.42)$142,723.20
Running totals

Titus raised $151,142.13 in the second quarter of 2013. Taking in account her campaign debts, she has $41,116.87 cash on hand.[27]


Breakdown of the source of Titus' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Titus won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Titus' campaign committee raised a total of $1,273,981 and spent $1,219,612.[28]

Cost per vote

Titus spent $10.71 per vote received in 2012.


Like-minded colleagues

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.[29]

Titus most often votes with:

Titus least often votes with:

Ideology and leadership

See also: GovTrack's Political Spectrum & Legislative Leadership ranking

Based on an analysis of bill sponsorship by GovTrack, Titus is a "rank-and-file Democratic," as of June 18, 2013.[30]

Voting with party


Dina Titus voted with the Democratic Party 94.6% of the time, which ranked 108th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[31]

Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Titus missed 12 of 1,747 roll call votes from January 2009 to April 2013. This amounts to .7%, which is better than the median of 2.2% among current congressional representatives as of March 2013.[32]


Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Titus' net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $2,317,057 to $8,435,000 . That averages to $5,376,028, which is higher than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874.[33]


Titus has been married to her husband, Professor Thomas C. Wright, for over thirty years.[34]

Recent news

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External links


  1. Politico "2012 Election Map, Nevada"
  2. The New York Times, "Election brings seasoned politicians to congress," December 8, 2012
  3. The Washington Post, "Political comeback kids to take seats again in the House," November 18, 2012
  4. Dina Titus Campaign Website "About Dina Titus" March 22, 2012
  5., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  6. A Line of Sight "2010 House Dem Voting Report"
  7. Washington Post "U.S. Congress Votes Database, 111th Congress"
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  9. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  10. 10.0 10.1 10.2 10.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Dina Titus' Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 28, 2013
  11. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  12. Vote Smart, "Titus on agriculture", accessed September 28, 2013
  13. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps", accessed September 17, 2013
  14. Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill", accessed September 23, 2013
  15., "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates", accessed September 18, 2013
  16. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Dina Titus' Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 28, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Dina Titus' Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed September 28, 2013
  19. Project Vote Smart, "Dina Titus on abortion," accessed September 28, 2013
  20. Politico "Nevada's Titus courts Hispanics in House race" March 23, 2012
  21. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  22. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  23. Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Dina Titus," Accessed April 18, 2013
  24. Federal Election Commission "Titus 2014 Summary reports," Accessed July 18, 2013
  25. FEC "April Quarterly," Accessed July 18, 2013
  26. FEC "July Quarterly," Accessed July 18, 2013
  27. Las Vegas Sun "Joe Heck leads the pack in campaign contributions," Accessed July 17, 2013
  28. Open Secrets "Dina Titus 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed February 26, 2013
  29. OpenCongress, "Dina Titus," Accessed August 6, 2013
  30. Gov Track "Dina Titus," Accessed June 18, 2013
  31. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  32. GovTrack, "Titus," Accessed April 10, 2013
  33. "Dina Titus (D-Nev), 2011," accessed February 13, 2013
  34. Official Campaign Site "About Dana Titus" Accessed February 4, 2012
Political offices
Preceded by
Shelley Berkley (D)
United States House of Representatives - Nevada District 1
Succeeded by