Jacky Rosen

Jacklyn Sheryl Rosen (née Spektor, August 2, 1957) is an American politician serving as the junior United States Senator from Nevada since 2019. A member of the Democratic Party, she previously was the U.S. Representative for Nevada's 3rd congressional district from 2017 to 2019.

Rosen was elected to the U.S. Senate in the 2018 election, defeating Republican incumbent Dean Heller.[1] She is the only freshman in the U.S. House of Representatives who won a seat in the U.S. Senate during the 2018 midterm elections and the only challenger to defeat a Republican incumbent U.S. Senator in the 2018 cycle.

Jacky Rosen
Jacky Rosen, official portrait, 116th congress
United States Senator
from Nevada
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byDean Heller
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nevada's 3rd district
In office
January 3, 2017 – January 3, 2019
Preceded byJoe Heck
Succeeded bySusie Lee
Personal details
Jacklyn Sheryl Spektor

August 2, 1957 (age 61)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Lloyd Dean Neher (divorced)
Larry Rosen (m. 1993)
Children1 daughter
EducationUniversity of Minnesota (BA)
Clark County Community College (AAS)
Jacky Rosen's signature
WebsiteSenate website

Early life and career

Rosen was born on August 2, 1957 in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Carol, a homemaker,[2][3][4] and Leonard Spektor, a car dealership owner who had served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War.[3] Her mother was of Irish, German, and Austrian descent, and her father's family were Jewish emigrants from Russia and Austria.[5]

Rosen attended the University of Minnesota and graduated with a bachelor's degree in psychology in 1979.[6] While she attended college, her parents moved to Las Vegas, where she also moved after graduating. She took a job with Summa Corporation and worked summers as a waitress at Caesars Palace throughout the 1980s. While working for Summa, she attended Clark County Community College (now the College of Southern Nevada) and received an associate degree in computing and information technology in 1985.[6] She began to work for Southwest Gas in 1990 and then left to open her own consulting business three years later.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives

2016 election

Jacky Rosen official photo 115th congress
Rosen during the 115th Congress in the U.S. House

A former computer programmer with no political experience at the time, Rosen was asked by then–Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid to run for the U.S. House seat vacated by Republican Joe Heck in the 2016 elections.[8] On January 26, she officially declared her candidacy for Nevada's 3rd congressional district.[9] Rosen won 60% of the vote in the Democratic Party primary election[10] and narrowly[8] defeated Republican nominee Danny Tarkanian in the general election.[11] Rosen was sworn into office on January 3, 2017.

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

U.S. Senate

2018 campaign

Rosen was elected to the U.S. Senate on November 6, 2018, becoming the junior Senator from Nevada. Her candidacy, announced on July 5 2017, was endorsed by former President Barack Obama[15] and former Vice President Joe Biden.[8] During the campaign, Rosen emphasized her support for the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and criticized Heller's vote to repeal it in 2017.[16][17] At the time, Rosen voted against Republicans' attempts to repeal the Affordable Care Act.[17]

Ultimately, Rosen defeated Heller, the incumbent, by a 50.4%-45.4% margin. While Heller carried 15 of Nevada's 17 county-level jurisdictions, Rosen carried the two largest, Clark (home to Las Vegas) and Washoe (home to Reno). She won Clark County by over 92,000 votes, almost double her statewide margin of over 48,900 votes.[18]

Rosen was one of only two non-incumbent Democrats to win election to the Senate in 2018. She is also the 37th freshman member of the United States House of Representatives to win a seat in the Senate and the first woman to do so.[19]

Committee assignments

Political positions

Rosen has been described as a liberal Democrat at times and as a moderate at others.[20][21][22] As of March 2019, FiveThirtyEight found that Rosen had voted with President Trump's legislative positions approximately 40% of the time.[23]


She is pro-choice on the issue of abortion and has been endorsed by NARAL Pro-Choice America.[24]

Foreign policy

In April 2019, Rosen was one of thirty-four senators to sign a letter to President Trump encouraging him "to listen to members of your own Administration and reverse a decision that will damage our national security and aggravate conditions inside Central America", asserting that Trump had "consistently expressed a flawed understanding of U.S. foreign assistance" since becoming president and that he was "personally undermining efforts to promote U.S. national security and economic prosperity" through preventing the use of Fiscal Year 2018 national security funding. The senators argued that foreign assistance to Central American countries created less migration to the U.S., citing the funding's helping to improve conditions in those countries.[25]

Gun policy

Rosen supports an assault weapons ban.[21]

Health care

Rosen supports the Affordable Care Act and its provisions that prevent patients from being denied insurance or charged more due to age or having a pre-existing condition. She supports allowing citizens to buy into Medicaid as an alternative option to compete with private insurance companies.[26][27]

In January 2019, during the 2018–19 United States federal government shutdown, Rosen was one of thirty-four senators to sign a letter to Commissioner of Food and Drugs Scott Gottlieb recognizing the efforts of the FDA to address the effect of the government shutdown on the public health and employees while remaining alarmed "that the continued shutdown will result in increasingly harmful effects on the agency's employees and the safety and security of the nation's food and medical products."[28]

In February 2019, Rosen was one of eleven senators to sign a letter to insulin manufactures Eli Lilly and Company, Novo Nordisk, and Sanofi over increased insulin prices and charging the price increases with having caused patients to lack "access to the life-saving medications they need."[29]


In April 2019, Rosen was one of forty-one senators to sign a bipartisan letter to the housing subcommittee praising the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development's Section 4 Capacity Building program as authorizing "HUD to partner with national nonprofit community development organizations to provide education, training, and financial support to local community development corporations (CDCs) across the country" and expressing disappointment that President Trump's budget "has slated this program for elimination after decades of successful economic and community development." The senators wrote of their hope that the subcommittee would support continued funding for Section 4 in Fiscal Year 2020.[30]


She supports "comprehensive immigration reform", although she does not believe the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency should be abolished.[21]

United States Postal Service

In March 2019, Rosen was a cosponsor of a bipartisan resolution led by Gary Peters and Jerry Moran that opposed privatization of the United States Postal Service (USPS), citing the USPS as an establishment that was self-sustained and noting concerns that a potential privatization could cause higher prices and reduced services for customers of USPS with a particular occurrence in rural communities.[31]

Taxation and employment

She was one of three Democrats who broke with their party and voted to make individual tax cuts permanent.[32] Rosen supports a $15 per hour minimum wage.[21]

Personal life

Rosen resides in Henderson, Nevada with her husband, Larry, a radiologist.[33][7] The couple have one daughter.[34] Before entering politics, Rosen served as the president of the Congregation Ner Tamid synagogue, a Reform Jewish synagogue in Henderson.[7][35] She cites the philosophy of tikkun olam as a key part of her decision to enter politics.[36]

Electoral history


2016 Nevada's 3rd congressional district primary election
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jacky Rosen 14,219 62.2%
Democratic Jesse Sbaih 2,928 12.8%
Democratic Barry Michaels 2,218 9.7%
Democratic Steven Schiffman 1,237 5.4%
Democratic Alex Singer 1,207 5.3%
Democratic Neil Waite 1,055 4.6%


2016 Nevada's 3rd congressional district election[38]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jacky Rosen 146,869 47.2%
Republican Danny Tarkanian 142,926 46.0%
Independent American Warren Markowitz 11,602 3.7 %
Independent David Goossen 9,566 3.1%
Total votes 310,963 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican



2018 United States Senate Democratic primary in Nevada
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jacky Rosen 110,530 77.1%
None of These Candidates None of These Candidates 10,070 7.0%
Democratic David Knight 6,340 4.4%
Democratic Allen Rheinhart 4,774 3.3%
Democratic Jesse Sbaih 4,538 3.2%
Democratic Bobby Mahendra 3,833 2.7%
Democratic Danny Burleigh 3,244 2.3%


2018 United States Senate Election in Nevada[41]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Jacky Rosen 490,071 50.4%
Republican Dean Heller (Incumbent) 441,202 45.4%
None of These Candidates None of These Candidates 15,303 1.6%
Independent Barry Michaels 9,269 1.0%
Libertarian Tim Hagan 9,196 0.9%
Independent American Kamau Bakari 7,091 0.7%
Total votes 972,132 100.0
Democratic gain from Republican


See also


  1. ^ "Midterm Election Results Leave a Divided Congress". November 7, 2018.
  2. ^ "Rosen, Jacklyn Sheryl, (1957 - ),". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Leonard Spektor Obituary". Las Vegas Review-Journal. July 2, 2011. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  4. ^ "Carol Spektor Obituary". Las Vegas Review-Journal. August 2, 2011. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  5. ^ Jacky Rosen: From politically invisible to the center of a critical Senate race
  6. ^ a b Lochhead, Colton (July 18, 2018). "Heller ad claim against Rosen prompts new disclosure of degree". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved July 18, 2018.
  7. ^ a b c Lochhead, Colton (July 4, 2016). "Congressional candidate Jacky Rosen a newcomer, unknown to most Southern Nevadans". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  8. ^ a b c "Former Vice President Joe Biden endorses U.S. Senate hopeful Jacky Rosen". Reno Gazette-Journal. Retrieved May 23, 2018.
  9. ^ "Democrat Jacky Rosen launches bid for Rep. Heck's House seat". Reno Gazette-Journal. January 26, 2016. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  10. ^ Botkin, Ben (June 14, 2016). "GOP taps Tarkanian over Roberson in 3rd Congressional District primary". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  11. ^ "Democrat Jacky Rosen Wins in Nevada's 3rd District". Roll Call. November 9, 2016. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  12. ^ "Committees and Caucuses". Congresswoman Jacky Rosen. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  13. ^ "Members". Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Retrieved May 17, 2018.
  14. ^ "115th Congress". Women's Congressional Policy Institute. Retrieved August 13, 2018.
  15. ^ "Barack and Michelle Obama just endorsed nearly 100 midterm candidates". NBC News. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  16. ^ Hagen, Lisa (July 13, 2018). "Jacky Rosen hits Dean Heller over health care in first negative ad". TheHill. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
  17. ^ a b Schoen, Jacob Pramuk, John W. (September 20, 2018). "Trump jumps into the Nevada Senate race — ground zero in the midterm debate over Obamacare". CNBC. Retrieved September 21, 2018.
  18. ^ "Nevada - Full Senate results". www.cnn.com.
  19. ^ "Jacky Rosen's Historic 2018 US Senate Bid". Smart Politics. July 27, 2017. Retrieved November 26, 2018.
  20. ^ "Nevada Democratic Senate candidate Jacky Rosen is making a bet that she can run on immigration — and win". Vox. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  21. ^ a b c d DeHaven, James. "Meet Jacky Rosen, the congressional newcomer hoping to help Democrats retake U.S. Senate". Reno Gazette Journal. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  22. ^ "The ex-synagogue president who could decide Senate control". POLITICO. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  23. ^ Bycoffe, Aaron (January 30, 2017). "Tracking Congress In The Age Of Trump". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  24. ^ "The Voter's Self Defense System". Vote Smart. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  25. ^ Frazin, Rachel (April 4, 2019). "More than 30 Senate Dems ask Trump to reconsider Central American aid cuts". The Hill.
  26. ^ "Health care a key element of Jacky Rosen's run for Senate". Las Vegas Review-Journal. August 25, 2018. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  27. ^ "Nevada's Jacky Rosen's new ad shows latest Democratic push for health care in 2018". Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  28. ^ "Democratic Senators "Alarmed" by Shutdown's Potential Impact on Food Safety". foodsafetymagazine.com. January 15, 2019.
  29. ^ "Sen. Kaine calls on pharmaceutical companies to explain skyrocketing insulin prices". 13newsnow.com. February 5, 2019.
  30. ^ "Wyden, Merkley urge more affordable housing funds". ktvz.com. April 16, 2019.
  31. ^ "Peters, Moran reintroduce bipartisan resolution opposing privatization of USPS". uppermichiganssource.com. March 7, 2019.
  32. ^ "House votes to make individual tax cuts permanent". POLITICO. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  33. ^ "Jacky Rosen, U.S. Congress". geni_family_tree.
  34. ^ "Jacky Rosen for Senate". Jacky Rosen for Senate. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  35. ^ "Congressional candidate Jacky Rosen talks issues from health care to national security". Las Vegas Sun. April 20, 2016. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  36. ^ "Jewish congresswoman Jacky Rosen announces run for Nevada Senate seat". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. July 6, 2017. Retrieved June 12, 2018.
  37. ^ "Nevada Primary Results 2016". The New York Times. September 29, 2016. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  38. ^ [1], State of Nevada
  39. ^ "Nevada U.S. House 3rd District Results: Jacky Rosen Wins". The New York Times. August 1, 2017. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  40. ^ Almukhtar, Sarah; Bloch, Matthew; Lee, Jasmine C. (June 12, 2018). "Nevada Primary Election Results". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 28, 2018.
  41. ^ [2], State of Nevada
  42. ^ "Nevada Election Results". The New York Times. November 6, 2018. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved December 28, 2018.

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Joe Heck
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nevada's 3rd congressional district

Succeeded by
Susie Lee
Party political offices
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Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Nevada
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1994 United States Senate election in Nevada

The 1994 United States Senate election in Nevada was held November 3, 1994. Incumbent Democrat Richard Bryan won re-election to a second term. This was the last election when a Democrat was elected to Nevada's Class 1 Senate Seat until Jacky Rosen was elected in the 2018 midterm elections.

2016 United States House of Representatives elections in Nevada

The 2016 United States House of Representatives elections in Nevada were held on November 8, 2016, to elect the four U.S. Representatives from the state of Nevada, one from each of the state's four congressional districts. The elections coincided with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as well as other elections to the House of Representatives, elections to the United States Senate and various state and local elections. The primaries took place on June 14.

2018 Nevada elections

The Nevada general election, 2018 was held on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 throughout Nevada.

2018 United States Senate election in Nevada

The 2018 United States Senate election in Nevada took place November 6, 2018, to elect one of two U.S. Senators from Nevada. Democratic nominee Jacky Rosen defeated Republican incumbent Dean Heller.

Heller had considered a bid for Nevada Governor but instead announced he would run for re-election to a second full term. Nevada was the only state in the midterm elections that had an incumbent Republican senator in a state that Hillary Clinton won in 2016. Rosen's victory marked the first time that Nevada has been represented by two women in the United States Senate, and the first time a Democrat had won the Class 1 Senate seat in Nevada since 1994. Heller was the only Republican incumbent to lose a Senate seat in the 2018 cycle.

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Catherine Cortez Masto

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List of United States Senators from Nevada

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Other states' delegations
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Nevada's delegation(s) to the 115th–116th United States Congresses (ordered by seniority)
115th Senate: D. Heller | C. C. Masto House: M. Amodei | D. Titus | J. Rosen | R. Kihuen
116th Senate: C. C. Masto | J. Rosen House: M. Amodei | D. Titus | S. Horsford | S. Lee
Territorial (1861–1864)
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