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Dina Titus
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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
Cost per vote$10.71 in 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$5,479,041.50
ReligionGreek Orthodox
Office website
Campaign website
Dina Titus campaign logo
Dina Titus (b.May 23, 1950, in Tifton, GA) 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.

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

Titus ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She won the Democratic nomination in the primary election on June 10, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.[4]

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.[5]

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Titus serves on the following committees:[6]

  • 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

Key votes

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.[7] For more information pertaining to Titus's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[8]

National security


Yea3.png 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.[9]

DHS Appropriations

Nay3.png Titus voted in opposition of HR 2217 - the DHS Appropriations Act (2014) Act of 2014. The bill passed the House on June 6, 2013, with a vote of 245 - 182 and was largely along party lines.[9]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Yea3.png 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.[9]

CISPA (2013)

Yea3.png Titus 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.[10] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[9]


Farm Bill

See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Nay3.png Titus voted against the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[11] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[12]

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.[13] The "Protect Interstate Commerce Act" amendment prevents states from applying their own laws on agricultural products to agricultural products from another state.[14]. 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.

Government shutdown

See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Nay3.pngOn 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.[15] 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.[16] Titus voted against the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[15]

Yea3.png The shutdown 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 funded 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.[17] 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. Titus voted for HR 2775.[18]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Nay3.png 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.[19] The vote largely followed party lines.[20]


Repealing Obamacare

Nay3.png Titus has voted against all attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[21]

Social issues


Nay3.png 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.[22]

Previous congressional sessions

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 had voted with the House Democratic leadership 96.6 percent of the time.[23] That same analysis reported that she had also voted with party leadership 97.7 percent of the time in 2010.

Washington Post Analysis

A separate analysis from The Washington Post, concluded that she voted 97.1 percent of the time with a majority of Democrats in the House of Representatives.[24]


On The Issues Vote Match

Dina Titus' Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Titus is a Liberal Populist. Titus received a score of 41 percent on social issues and 24 percent on economic issues.[25]

On The Issues organization logo.

The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[26]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Strongly Favors Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Favors
Expand ObamaCare Favors Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Favors
Vouchers for school choice Opposes Keep God in the public sphere Opposes
Absolute right to gun ownership Favors Human needs over animal rights Opposes
Higher taxes on the wealthy Unknown Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Strongly Opposes Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Favors Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Favors Expand the military Unknown
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Strongly Favors Stay out of Iran Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Opposes Never legalize marijuana Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[25]



See also: Nevada's 1st Congressional District elections, 2014

Titus ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. She won the Democratic nomination in the primary election on June 10, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.

U.S. House, Nevada District 1 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDina Titus Incumbent 86% 12,966
Herbert Peters 14% 2,106
Total Votes 15,072
Source: Nevada Secretary of State - Official Election Results


See also: Nevada's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Titus ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent 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.[27]

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.[30]

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 were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Titus' reports.[31]

Titus raised $151,142.13 in the second quarter of 2013. Taking into account her campaign debts, she had $41,116.87 cash on hand.[40]


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.[41]

Cost per vote

Titus spent $10.71 per vote received in 2012.

Personal Gain Index

Congressional Personal Gain Index graphic.png
See also: Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress)

The Personal Gain Index (U.S. Congress) is a four-part measurement that illustrates the extent to which members of the U.S. Congress have prospered during their tenure as public servants.
It consists of four different metrics:

PGI: Change in net worth

See also: Changes in Net Worth of U.S. Senators and Representatives (Personal Gain Index) and Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives
Net Worth Metric graphic.png

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by, Titus' net worth as of 2012 was estimated between $2,261,083 and $8,597,000. That averages to $5,479,041.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic representatives in 2012 of $5,700,168.36. Titus ranked as the 64th most wealthy representative in 2012.[42] Between 2007 and 2012, Titus' calculated net worth[43] decreased by an average of 1 percent per year. Between 2004 and 2012, the average annual percentage increase for a member of Congress was 15.4 percent.[44]

Dina Titus Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2007 to 2012:-3%
Average annual growth:-1%[45]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[46]
The data used to calculate changes in net worth may include changes resulting from assets gained through marriage, inheritance, changes in family estates and/or trusts, changes in family business ownership and many other variables unrelated to a member's behavior in Congress.


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 Democrat" as of July 2014.[47] This was the same rating Titus received in June 2013.

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.[48]

Titus most often votes with:

Titus least often votes with:

Lifetime voting record

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

According to the website GovTrack, Titus missed 16 of 2,752 roll call votes from January 2009 to July 2014. This amounts to 0.6 percent, which is better than the median of 2.5 percent among current congressional representatives as of July 2014.[47]

National Journal vote ratings

See also: National Journal vote ratings

Each year National Journal publishes an analysis of how liberally or conservatively each member of Congress voted in the previous year. Click the link above for the full ratings of all members of Congress.


Titus ranked 125th in the liberal rankings in 2013.[49]

Voting with party

The website OpenCongress tracks how often members of Congress vote with the majority of the chamber caucus.


Titus voted with the Democratic Party 93.0 percent of the time, which ranked 110th among the 204 House Democratic members as of July 2014.[50]


Titus voted with the Democratic Party 94.6 percent of the time, which ranked 108th among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[51]


Titus has been married to her husband, Professor Thomas C. Wright, for over 30 years.[5]

Recent news

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See also

External links


  1. Politico, "2012 Election Map, Nevada"
  2. The New York Times, "Election brings seasoned politicians to congress," accessed December 8, 2012
  3. The Washington Post, "Political comeback kids to take seats again in the House," accessed November 18, 2012
  4. Associated Press, "Nevada - Summary Vote Results," accessed June 10, 2014
  5. 5.0 5.1 Dina Titus Campaign Website, "About Dina Titus," accessed March 22, 2012
  6., "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  7. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  8. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Dina Titus' Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 28, 2013
  10. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  11. Project Vote Smart, "Titus on agriculture," accessed September 28, 2013
  12. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  13. Project Vote Smart, "Letter to Ranking Member Collin Peterson, House Committee on Agriculture - Reject Rep. King's Provision on Farm Bill," accessed September 23, 2013
  14., "King Farm Bill Amendment Angers Animal Advocates," accessed September 18, 2013
  15. 15.0 15.1 Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  16. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  17. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  18. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  19. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  20. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Dina Titus' Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 28, 2013
  21. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Dina Titus' Voting Records on Issue: Health and Healthcare," accessed September 28, 2013
  22. Project Vote Smart, "Dina Titus on abortion," accessed September 28, 2013
  23. A Line of Sight, "2010 House Dem Voting Report"
  24. Washington Post, "U.S. Congress Votes Database, 111th Congress"
  25. 25.0 25.1 On The Issues, "Dina Titus Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
  26. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  27. Politico, "Nevada's Titus courts Hispanics in House race," accessed March 23, 2012
  28. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 2, 2010," accessed March 28, 2013
  29. U.S. Congress House Clerk, "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 4, 2008," accessed March 28, 2013
  30. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Dina Titus," accessed April 18, 2013
  31. Federal Election Commission, "Titus 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 18, 2013
  32. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  33. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed July 18, 2013
  34. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  35. FEC, "Year-End Quarterly," accessed February 12, 2014
  36. FEC, "April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
  37. FEC, "Pre-Primary," accessed October 22, 2014
  38. FEC, "July Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  39. FEC, "October Quarterly," accessed October 22, 2014
  40. Las Vegas Sun, "Joe Heck leads the pack in campaign contributions," accessed July 17, 2013
  41. Open Secrets, "Dina Titus 2012 Election Cycle," accessed February 26, 2013
  42. Open Secrets, "Dina Titus (D-NV), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  43. This figure represents the average annual percentage growth from either 2004 (if the member entered office in 2004 or earlier) or their first year in office (as noted in the chart below) to 2012, divided by the number of years calculated.
  44. This number was found by dividing each member's total net worth growth percentage by the number of years included in the calculation.
  45. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  46. This figure was calculated using median asset data from the Census Bureau. Please see the Congressional Net Worth data for Ballotpedia spreadsheet for more information on this calculation.
  47. 47.0 47.1 GovTrack, "Dina Titus," accessed July 29, 2014
  48. OpenCongress, "Dina Titus," accessed July 29, 2014
  49. National Journal, "2013 Congressional Vote Ratings," accessed July 29, 2014
  50. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  51. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Shelley Berkley (D)
United States House of Representatives - Nevada District 1
Succeeded by