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Steven Horsford
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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$192,510
Office website
Steven Horsford (b. April 29, 1973) 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]

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:


"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 "payed 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.[4]



See also: Nevada's 4th congressional district elections, 2012

Horsford ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Nevada's 4th District. He ran unopposed in the Democratic primary on June 12, 2012.[5] Dan Schwartz, Kenneth Wegner, Barbara Cegavske, and Danny Tarkanian faced one another in the June 12, 2012 Republican primary.

The Las Vegas Sun reports 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 does now, the Tarkanians owe some 17 million dollars on the deal. Candidate Danny Tarkanian insists that the family will settle this matter in court, and that they will not need to file bankruptcy.[6]

The Tarkanian debt has become an issue in Steven Horsford's campaign against Danny Tarkanian in the new 4th congressional district. The Sun reports 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.[7]

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. He could have his campaign impacted by the ultimate makeup of the districts.[8]


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.[9]

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.[10]

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)
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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.[11]

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


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.[12]


In 2008, Horsford collected $417,250 in donations.[13]

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


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.[14]

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.[15]

Net Worth


See also: Net Worth of United States Senators and Representatives

Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by - The Center for Responsive Politics, Horsford net worth as of 2011 was estimated between $35,021 to $350,000. That averages to $192,510, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic House members in 2011 of $5,107,874.[16]


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".[17]


Horsford received a score of 35.55 percent in the 2011 report card, ranking 27th out of all 63 Nevada State Legislature members.[17]


Horsford and his wife, Sonya, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
United States House of Representatives - Nevada District 4
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Nevada Senate, Clark 4 District
Succeeded by