In November 2016, Catherine Cortez Masto became the first woman from Nevada and the first Latina to be elected to the United States Senate. She also served as the first female Attorney General of Nevada and spent her two terms as AG prioritizing the prosecution of illegal drug and sex trafficking, elder exploitation, and the creation of a Mortgage Fraud Strike Force.
As a United States Senator, she serves as the Ranking Member of the Economic Policy Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs. She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, and Gonzaga University School of Law. She spent four years working as a civil practitioner in Las Vegas and two years as a criminal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C., before being elected Nevada’s AG.