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Biography

Elected: 2012, 2nd term.

Born: May 23, 1950, Thomasville, Ga.

Home: Las Vegas

Education: College of William and Mary, B.A., 1970; University of Georgia, M.A., 1973; Florida State University, Ph.D., 1976

Professional Career: Professor, University of Nevada (Las Vegas), 1977-2011; professor, North Texas State University, 1975-76

Ethnicity: White/Caucasian

Religion: Greek Orthodox

Family: Married (Tom Wright)

Democrat Dina Titus was elected to Nevada’s 1st District House seat in 2012 after losing reelection in the 3rd District two years earlier to Republican Joe Heck. The game changed for Titus when redistricting moved her home to the more liberal, Vegas-based 1st, which incumbent and fellow Democrat Shelley Berkley had vacated to run for the Senate.

Raised in Tifton, Ga., Titus retains her thick Southern drawl. “I get teased a lot because I haven’t lost the accent, but that’s kind of become part of how people know me,” she said in an interview with National Journal. Her upbringing instilled in Titus a strong interest in politics. She recalls listening to local politicians talk shop at her grandfather’s Greek restaurant across from the courthouse. Her father ran for city council, and her Republican “black sheep” uncle, as she puts it, served in the Georgia Legislature.

Titus attended the College of William and Mary, where she majored in political science; she later obtained a master’s degree from the University of Georgia and a doctorate from Florida State University. After a stint teaching at the University of North Texas, she moved to the Silver State in 1977 to join the staff of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Titus has authored two nonfiction books, Bombs in the Backyard: Atomic Testing and American Politics, and Battle Born: Federal-State Relations in Nevada During the Twentieth Century. In 1988, Titus decided to put her political knowledge to use and was elected to the Nevada Senate, where she served as minority leader from 1993 to 2008. She became an advocate for people with disabilities and was recognized for her work when an affordable-housing complex in Las Vegas was named after her. A 2006 run for governor ended in a loss to former Rep. Jim Gibbons, a Republican.

In 2008, Titus ran successfully for the House, defeating Republican incumbent Jon Porter. But her first tour of duty in Congress was short-lived. She was swept out of office by the Republican wave in 2010, losing a bruising battle to Heck by 1,748 votes out of more than 314,000 cast.

In 2012, Titus ran in the new 1st District, which has a 2-1 Democratic edge in voter registration over the Republicans. Democratic state Sen. Ruben Kihuen also got in the race but withdrew in February 2012 after Titus significantly outraised him. In the general election, she was a heavy favorite against Republican Chris Edwards, a naval officer making his first foray into politics. Abortion rights groups NARAL, Pro-Choice America PAC, and EMILY’s List endorsed Titus while she largely avoided engaging Edwards. She won, 63.6% to 31.5%.

Office Contact Information

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-5965

(202) 225-3119

CHOB- Cannon House Office Building Room 401
Washington, DC 20515-2801

MAIN OFFICE

(202) 225-5965

(202) 225-3119

CHOB- Cannon House Office Building Room 401
Washington, DC 20515-2801

DISTRICT OFFICE

(702) 220-9823

(702) 220-9841

550 East Charleston Boulevard Suite B
Las Vegas, NV 89104

DISTRICT OFFICE

(702) 220-9823

(702) 220-9841

550 East Charleston Boulevard Suite B
Las Vegas, NV 89104

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

(702) 256-3462

PO Box 72454
Las Vegas, NV 89170

CAMPAIGN OFFICE

PO Box 72454
Las Vegas, NV 89170

Staff

Sort by: Interest Name Title

Abortion

Elizabeth Decker
Legislative Assistant

Agriculture

Elizabeth Decker
Legislative Assistant

Animal Rights

Elizabeth Decker
Legislative Assistant

Appropriations

David Rosenbaum
Legislative Director

Budget

David Rosenbaum
Legislative Director

Campaign

Elizabeth Decker
Legislative Assistant

Energy

Ben Rosenbaum
Senior Legislative Assistant

Finance

Elizabeth Decker
Legislative Assistant

Govt Ops

Elizabeth Decker
Legislative Assistant

Gun Issues

Ben Rosenbaum
Senior Legislative Assistant

Health

Elizabeth Decker
Legislative Assistant

Homeland Security

David Rosenbaum
Legislative Director

Human Rights

Ben Rosenbaum
Senior Legislative Assistant

Immigration

Elizabeth Decker
Legislative Assistant

Intelligence

David Rosenbaum
Legislative Director

Internet

Ben Rosenbaum
Senior Legislative Assistant

Military

David Rosenbaum
Legislative Director

Native Americans

Elizabeth Decker
Legislative Assistant

Privacy

Ben Rosenbaum
Senior Legislative Assistant

Science

Elizabeth Decker
Legislative Assistant

Small Business

Elizabeth Decker
Legislative Assistant

Tax

David Rosenbaum
Legislative Director

Technology

Ben Rosenbaum
Senior Legislative Assistant

Telecommunications

Erica Riordan
Legislative Correspondent; Legislative Assistant

Trade

David Rosenbaum
Legislative Director

Transportation

Ben Rosenbaum
Senior Legislative Assistant

Veterans

David Rosenbaum
Legislative Director

Election Results

2012 GENERAL
Dina Titus
Votes: 113,967
Percent: 63.57%
Chris Edwards
Votes: 56,521
Percent: 31.53%
2012 PRIMARY
Dina Titus
Unopposed
Prior Winning Percentages
2008 (47%)

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