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Erin Bilbray-Kohn
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Candidate for
U.S. House, Nevada, District 3
Elections and appointments
Next primaryJune 10, 2014
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsN/A
Campaign website
Erin Bilbray-Kohn was a 2014 Democratic candidate seeking election to the U.S. House to represent the 3rd Congressional District of Nevada.


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



Bilbray-Kohn 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-Kohn 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-Kohn lists the following themes on her campaign website.[2] See Bilbray-Kohn's campaign website for her position on other issues.

  • 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-Kohn,



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

Campaign video from Erin Bilbray for Congress[4]

Bilbray-Kohn ran in the 2014 election for the U.S. House to represent Nevada's 3rd District. Bilbray-Kohn sought the Democratic nomination in the primary. The general election took place November 4, 2014.[1]

She is a member of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee's Jumpstart program. According to the DCCC, Jumpstart provides members running in Republican leaning districts with “early financial communications, operational and strategic support.”[5]

She raised $250,000 in her first quarter as a candidate.[6]


Erin Bilbray-Kohn has been endorsed by the following groups:[7]

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.[8]

Erin Bilbray (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
October Quarterly[9]October 14, 2013$0.00$253,158.62$(58,224.04)$194,934.58
Year-End[10]January 31, 2014$194,934.58$164,661.65$(114,072.54)$245,523.69
April Quarterly[11]April 15, 2014$245,523.69$271,528.27$(90,533.67)$426,518.29
Pre-Primary[12]May 29, 2014$426,518.29$76,689.64$(115,831.70)$387,376.23
July Quarterly[13]July 15, 2014$387,376.23$147,599.72$(35,833.27)$499,142.68
October Quarterly[14]October 15, 2014$499,142.68$172,864.20$(561,896.14)$110,110.74
Pre-General[15]October 23, 2014$110,110.74$31,555.70$(93,545.85)$48,120.59
Running totals


Bilbray-Kohn is the daughter of former Nevada Representative James Bilbray.[1] She and her husband, Noah, have two daughters, Caroline Riley and Daisy.[16]

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