|U.S. House, Nevada, District 4|
|January 3, 2013-present|
|January 3, 2015|
|Years in position||1|
|Majority Floor Leader, Nevada State Senate|
|2009 - 2013|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Nevada State Senate, Clark 4|
|Bachelor's||University of Nevada, Reno, 1997|
|Place of birth||Las Vegas, NV|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Controversies
- 5 Elections
- 6 Polls
- 7 Campaign donors
- 8 Analysis
- 9 Scorecards
- 10 Personal
- 11 Recent news
- 12 External links
- 13 References
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.
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.
Below is an abbreviated outline of Horsford's academic, professional and political career:
- 2004-2012:Nevada State Senate
- 2001-Present:Executive Director, Culinary Training Academy of Las Vegas
Horsford serves on the following committees:
- United States House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform
- Subcommittee on Economic Growth, Job Creation, and Regulatory Affairs
- Subcommittee on Energy Policy, Health Care, and Entitlements
- United States House Committee on Homeland Security
- Subcommittee on Cybersecurity, Infrastructure Protection, and Security Technologies
- United States House Committee on Natural Resources
- Subcommittee on Energy and Mineral Resources
- Subcommittee on Public Lands and Environmental Regulation
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.
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. 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.
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.
|U.S. House, Nevada District 4 General Election, 2012|
|Libertarian||Joseph P. Silvestri||3.9%||9,341|
|Independent American Party of Nevada||Floyd Fitzgibbons||3.9%||9,389|
|Source: Nevada Secretary of State "U.S. House of Representatives Results"|
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.
|Nevada State Senate, Clark 4 District (2008)|
|Steven Horsford (D)||25,943||73.81%|
|Nevada State Senate, Clark 4 District (2004)|
|Steven Horsford (D)||22,060||71.82%|
|Danny Tarkanian vs. Steven Horsford|
|Poll||Danny Tarkanian||Steven Horsford||Other||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample 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|
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.
|Steven Horsford's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||US House (Nevada, District 4)||$1,718,991|
|Grand Total Raised||$1,718,991|
|U.S. House of Representatives, Nevada's 4th Congressional District, 2012 - Steven Horsford Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Runner-up||$1,261,004|
|Total Spent by Election Runner-up||$1,234,212|
|Top contributors to Steven Horsford's campaign committee|
|MGM Resorts International||$53,000|
|Nevada Heart & Vascular Center||$23,500|
|University of Nevada||$14,100|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Public Sector Unions||$81,000|
In 2008, Horsford collected $417,250 in donations.
His five largest contributors in 2008 were:
|Nevada State Education Association||$12,000|
|Nevada Democratic Party||$11,877|
|Clark County Education Association||$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.
Lifetime voting record
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.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - 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.
Nevada Policy Research Institute
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".
Horsford and his wife, Sonya, have three children.
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- Politico "2012 House Race Results"
- National Journal "Nevada, 4th House District: Steven Horsford (D)," November 7, 2012
- CQ.com, "House Committee Rosters for the 113th Congress"
- Nevada News Bureau "Nevada Senate Democrats Offer Access In Exchange For PAC Contributions, GOP Criticizes ‘Pay To Play’," Accessed June 19, 2013
- Pahrump Valley Times "Schwartz, Wegner join four-way GOP race for Congress" Accessed Feburary 4, 2012
- Las Vegas Sun "FDIC sets out to seize Tarkanian family’s Nevada assets" Accessed October 18, 2012
- Las Vegas Sun "Horsford-Tarkanian bout for Congress dominated by debt issues " Accessed October 18, 2012
- Nevada Appeal "Horsford won't recuse himself from redistricting," October 14, 2011
- Nevada Secretary of State - 2008 General Election Results
- Nevada Secretary of State - 2004 General Election Results
- Open Secrets "Career Fundraising for Steven Horsford," Accessed April 18, 2013
- Open Secrets "Steven Horsford 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed June 19, 2013
- 2008 contributions to Steven Horsford
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
- GovTrack, "Horsford," Accessed April 10, 2013
- OpenSecrets.org "Steven Horsford (D-Nev), 2011," accessed February 13, 2013
- Nevada Policy Research Institute, "The 2011 Nevada Legislative Session Review & Report Card," accessed May 5, 2014
|United States House of Representatives - Nevada District 4
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|Nevada Senate, Clark 4 District
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