Nevada’s First Latina Assemblywoman Poised to Make History Again
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, endorsed Lucy Flores for Lieutenant Governor of Nevada.
“Lucy Flores is an inspiring community leader who understands what it takes to break the cycle of poverty and crime with hard work, education, and guidance,” said EMILY’s List President Stephanie Schriock. “Lucy will fight for the future of so many Nevadans who aren’t being heard and fall through the cracks. EMILY’s List is proud to endorse her campaign to make history as Nevada’s first Latina Lieutenant Governor and bring a new kind of leadership to Carson City.”
Lucy Flores has had an impressive career that has taken her from a childhood in a tough neighborhood to a campaign for Lieutenant Governor in just 34 years. Flores grew up in North Las Vegas, a low-income community that faces many challenges. Her own family was no exception. Flores grew up in poverty, one of thirteen children of Mexican immigrants. When Flores was 9, her mother left the family, and although Lucy’s father worked multiple jobs, their family struggled to get by. Despite the odds against her, Flores earned her GED and became the first member of her family to attend college. After graduating from the University of Southern California, Flores attended the William S. Boyd School of Law at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she was a Dean's Award recipient and Excellence in Legal Clinics Award recipient for her work in establishing the Innocence Clinic. Flores also lobbied pro-bono during the 2009 Nevada Legislative session, and successfully passed two pieces of wrongful conviction reform legislation. Her extensive pro bono work includes organizing Ask-a-Lawyer clinics that provide basic legal services for Nevadans, including family, immigration, consumer fraud, and bankruptcy law.
The same year she graduated from law school, Flores was elected to represent the community where she grew up, becoming Nevada’s first Latina Assemblywoman. She now serves as Assistant Majority Whip, Vice-Chair of the Legislative Operations and Elections committee, and on both the Transportation and the Ways and Means committees. She is helping expand the Nevada Hispanic Legislative Caucus and currently serves as Vice-Chair. Flores gained national attention during the 2012 presidential election, emerging from President Obama’s campaign as a well-spoken leader among Latino Democrats. During her time in the Nevada State Assembly, she has introduced bills to improve educational access among Latinos and to expand early childhood education. Flores has not shied away from sharing her personal experiences growing up in order to highlight the real impact that legislation can have on the lives of Nevadans.
EMILY’s List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $350 million to support pro-choice Democratic women candidates – making it one of the most successful political action committees in the country. Throughout its 29 year history, the organization has recruited and trained over 9,000 women to run, worked to elect 102 pro-choice Democratic women to the House, 19 to the Senate, 10 governors, and over five hundred women to state and local office. Since its founding in 1985, EMILY’s List helped elect 97% of the Democratic women of color in Congress, including every single Latina, African American, and Asian American Democratic woman currently serving. And during the 2011-2012 cycle, EMILY’s List had the largest number of members and donors in its history and raised a record-breaking $52 million dollars. With the help of this growing community — now more than three million members strong — EMILY’s List helped elect an historic number of candidates in 2012 including 19 new women to the House, six Senate incumbents, three new Senators, and 186 state and local officials.