Steven Horsford, born and raised in Las Vegas, was elected to the United States Congress on November 6th, 2012, as Nevada’s representative for its newly created Fourth Congressional District. Horsford is the first person to hold this House seat and the first African-American to serve in Nevada’s federal delegation. Representative Horsford comes to Congress with experience in public service as a bipartisan legislator who is a strong advocate for middle class and working families.
Before running for office, Steven served as the head of the Culinary Academy of Las Vegas. As the CEO of Nevada’s largest labor-management partnership, he worked with local unions and Nevada hotels like MGM Resorts, Wynn Las Vegas, and Caesars Entertainment to train thousands of unemployed or underemployed Nevadans for work in the hospitality industry. To this day, the Academy continues to place 80 percent of their graduates with good-paying jobs.
Under Steven’s leadership, the Culinary Academy also became the caterer of record for the world-renowned Smith Center for the Performing Arts and the Springs Preserve, a cultural and sustainability attraction in southern Nevada.
In 2004, Steven was elected to the Nevada State Senate, and in 2008, he became Nevada’s youngest and first African-American State Senate Majority Leader. During his tenure in Carson City, Steven passed renewable energy legislation that positioned Nevada to become a leader in the green economy, prevented widespread teacher layoffs by negotiating a budget compromise that preserved funding for public schools, and worked across the aisle to pass bipartisan legislation that provided small businesses with tax relief and new companies incentives to relocate to Nevada.
In the Nevada Legislature, Steven served as chair of the Senate Committee on Finance and was a member of the Senate Committee on Health and Education and the Senate Committee on Government Affairs, among others.
Always active in his community, Steven has received numerous local honors, including In Business Las Vegas’ “Top 40 under 40,” AFL-CIO’s “Friend to Working Families” award, and “Distinguished Man of Southern Nevada” from the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Committee.
Horsford represents one of the most diverse districts in the country. Nevada’s 4th covers approximately 52,000 square-miles and is geographically and demographically diverse. To meet the needs of this broad base of constituents, Congressman Horsford serves on three committees: the House Natural Resources Committee, Homeland Security Committee, and Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.