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Steven Horsford
Steven Horsford.jpg
U.S. House, Nevada, District 4
In office
January 3, 2013-present
Term ends
January 3, 2015
Years in position 2
Majority Floor Leader, Nevada State Senate
2009 - 2013
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$1,718,991
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Nevada State Senate, Clark 4
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nevada, Reno, 1997
Date of birth04/29/1973
Place of birthLas Vegas, NV
ProfessionExecutive Director
Net worth$144,507.50
Office website
Steven Horsford (b. April 29, 1973, in Las Vegas, Nevada) is a Democratic member of the U.S. House representing Nevada's 4th Congressional District. He was first elected to the U.S. House in November 2012.[1]

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

He previously served in the Nevada State Senate, representing the Clark 4 District from 2004-2013. He was Senate Majority Floor Leader.

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.

Steven Horsford for Congress campaign logo.


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.[2]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Horsford's academic, professional and political career:[2]

  • 2004-2012:Nevada State Senate
  • 2001-Present:Executive Director, Culinary Training Academy of Las Vegas

Committee assignments

U.S. House


Horsford serves on the following committees:[3]

Nevada Senate


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Horsford served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Horsford served on these committees:


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.[4] For more information pertaining to Horsford's voting record in the 113th Congress, please see the below sections.[5]

National security

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."[6]


Voted "Yes" 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.[7]

DHS Appropriations

Voted "No" Horsford 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.[7]

Keystone Pipeline Amendment

Voted "Yes" 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.[7]

CISPA (2013)

Voted "Yes" 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.[8] The bill was largely supported by Republicans, but divided the Democratic Party.[7]


Farm Bill
See also: United States Farm Bill 2013

Neutral/Abstain Horsford did not vote on the Farm Bill on July 11, 2013. The bill passed in a 216-208 vote.[9] The bill passed included farm policy, but did not include food stamps.[10]

Government shutdown
See also: United States budget debate, 2013

Voted "Yes" 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.[11] 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.[12] Horsford voted to approve the stopgap spending bill that would have delayed the individual mandate.[11]

Voted "Yes" 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 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.[13] 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.[14]


Morton Memos Prohibition

Voted "No" 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.[15] The vote largely followed party lines.[16]


Repealing Obamacare

Voted "No" Horsford has voted against several attempts to repeal or delay the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[17]

Social issues


Voted "No" 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.[18]


"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.[19]



See also: Nevada's 4th Congressional District elections, 2014

Horsford ran for re-election to the U.S. House in 2014. He 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 4 Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Horsford Incumbent 84.3% 16,269
Mark Budetich 7.9% 1,532
Sid Zeller 7.8% 1,498
Total Votes 19,299
Source: Nevada Secretary of State - Official Election Results


See also: Nevada's 4th Congressional District elections, 2012

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.[20] 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.[21]

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.[22]

U.S. House, Nevada District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Horsford 50.1% 120,501
     Republican Danny Tarkanian 42.1% 101,261
     Libertarian Joseph P. Silvestri 3.9% 9,341
     Independent American Party of Nevada Floyd Fitzgibbons 3.9% 9,389
Total Votes 240,492
Source: Nevada Secretary of State "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

Redistricting process

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.[23]


On November 4, 2008, Horsford won re-election to the Clark 4 Senatorial District Seat in the Nevada State Senate, defeating opponents Sharon Gobel and Stan Vaughan.[24]

Nevada State Senate, Clark 4 District (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Steven Horsford (D) 25,943 73.81%
Sharon Gobel 7,686 21.87%
Stan Vaughan 1,521 4.33%


On November 2, 2004, Horsford won election to the Clark 4 Senatorial District Seat in the Nevada State Senate, defeating Florence Lucier.[25]

Nevada State Senate, Clark 4 District (2004)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Steven Horsford (D) 22,060 71.82%
Florence Lucier 8,540 27.80%



Danny Tarkanian vs. Steven Horsford
Poll Danny Tarkanian Steven HorsfordOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample 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 editor@ballotpedia.org.

Campaign donors

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.[26]

Steven Horsford's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 US House (Nevada, District 4) Won $1,718,991
Grand Total Raised $1,718,991


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Horsford's reports.[27]


Breakdown of the source of Horsford's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Horsford won election to the U.S. House in 2012. During that election cycle, Horsford's campaign committee raised a total of $1,718,991 and spent $1,705,209.[37]

Cost per vote

Horsford spent $14.16 per vote received in 2012.


In 2008, Horsford collected $417,250 in donations.[38]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Nevada State Education Association $12,000
Nevada Democratic Party $11,877
Clark County Education Association $10,000
Lamar Advertising $10,000
Nevada Heart and Vascular Center LLP $10,000


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.[39]

Horsford most often votes with:

Horsford least often votes with:

Voting with party


Steven Horsford voted with the Democratic Party 94% of the time, which ranked 123rd among the 201 House Democratic members as of June 2013.[40]

Lifetime voting record

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

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.[41]

Net worth

See also: Net worth of United States Senators and Representatives

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.[42]

Steven Horsford Yearly Net Worth
YearAverage Net Worth
Growth from 2011 to 2012:-20%
Average annual growth:-20%[43]
Comparatively, the American citizen experienced a median yearly decline in net worth of -0.94%.[44]
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.


Nevada Policy Research Institute

See also: Nevada Policy Research Institute's Legislative Session Review & Report Card

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".[45]


Horsford received a score of 35.55 percent in the 2011 report card, ranking 27th out of all 63 Nevada State Legislature members.[45]


Horsford and his wife, Sonya, have three children.

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  1. Politico, "2012 House Race Results," accessed November 6, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 National Journal, "Nevada, 4th House District: Steven Horsford (D)," accessed November 7, 2012
  3. CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
  4. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, First Session of the 112th Congress," accessed September 5, 2013
  5. Congressional Record, "Resume of Congressional Activity, Second Session of the 113th Congress," accessed March 4, 2014
  6. House.gov, "Horsford Press Release on Syria," accessed September 16, 2013
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 7.3 Project Vote Smart, "Representative Steven Horsford's Voting Records on National Security," accessed September 29, 2013
  8. The Library of Congress, "H.R.624 CISPA (2013) (Referred in Senate - RFS)," accessed August 27, 2013
  9. Project Vote Smart, "Horsford on agriculture," accessed September 29, 2013
  10. New York Times, "House Republicans Push Through Farm Bill, Without Food Stamps," accessed September 17, 2013
  11. 11.0 11.1 Clerk of the U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 504," accessed October 31, 2013
  12. Buzzfeed, "Government Shutdown: How We Got Here," accessed October 1, 2013
  13. The Washington Post, "Reid, McConnell propose bipartisan Senate bill to end shutdown, extend borrowing," accessed October 16, 2013
  14. U.S. House, "Final vote results for Roll Call 550," accessed October 31, 2013
  15. The Library of Congress, "H.AMDT.136," accessed August 28, 2013
  16. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Steven Horsford's Voting Records on Immigration," accessed September 29, 2013
  17. Project Vote Smart, "Representative Steven Horsford's Voting Records on Issue: Health and Health Care," accessed September 29, 2013
  18. Project Vote Smart, "Horsford on abortion," accessed September 29, 2013
  19. Nevada News Bureau, "Nevada Senate Democrats Offer Access In Exchange For PAC Contributions, GOP Criticizes ‘Pay To Play’," accessed June 19, 2013
  20. Pahrump Valley Times, "Schwartz, Wegner join four-way GOP race for Congress," accessed February 4, 2012
  21. Las Vegas Sun, "FDIC sets out to seize Tarkanian family’s Nevada assets," accessed October 18, 2012
  22. Las Vegas Sun, "Horsford-Tarkanian bout for Congress dominated by debt issues," accessed October 18, 2012
  23. Nevada Appeal, "Horsford won't recuse himself from redistricting," accessed October 14, 2011
  24. Nevada Secretary of State, "2008 General Election Results"
  25. Nevada Secretary of State, "2004 General Election Results"
  26. Open Secrets, "Career Fundraising for Steven Horsford," accessed April 18, 2013
  27. Federal Election Commission, "Horsford 2014 Summary reports," accessed July 22, 2013
  28. FEC, "Steven Horsford April Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  29. FEC, "Steven Horsford July Quarterly," accessed July 22, 2013
  30. FEC, "Steven Horsford October Quarterly," accessed October 25, 2013
  31. FEC, "Steven Horsford Year-End Quarterly," accessed November 25, 2014
  32. FEC, "Steven Horsford April Quarterly," accessed May 16, 2014
  33. FEC, "Steven Horsford Pre-Primary," accessed October 23, 2014
  34. FEC, "Steven Horsford July Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  35. FEC, "Steven Horsford October Quarterly," accessed October 23, 2014
  36. FEC, "Steven Horsford Pre-General," accessed November 25, 2014
  37. Open Secrets, "Steven Horsford 2012 Election Cycle," accessed June 19, 2013
  38. Follow The Money, "2008 contributions to Steven Horsford"
  39. OpenCongress, "Steven Horsford," accessed August 6, 2013
  40. OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
  41. GovTrack, "Horsford," accessed April 10, 2013
  42. Open Secrets, "Steven Horsford (D-NV), 2012," accessed February 18, 2014
  43. This figure represents the total percentage growth divided by the number of years for which there are net worth figures for each member.
  44. 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.
  45. 45.0 45.1 Nevada Policy Research Institute, "The 2011 Nevada Legislative Session Review & Report Card," accessed May 5, 2014
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United States House of Representatives - Nevada District 4
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Preceded by
Nevada Senate, Clark 4 District
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