Steven Horsford is a proven champion for Nevada’s working families. For more than a decade, he led the Culinary Academy and Nevada Partners, helping thousands of workers find good jobs and quality careers in hospitality, healthcare and technology. A unique partnership between labor and business, the Culinary Academy under Steven’s leadership placed 80 percent of graduates into good paying jobs, including thousands of unemployed, laid off and underemployed Nevadans, even in the darkest days of the recession.
Steven made history as Nevada’s first African American State Senate Majority Leader and he delivered. He took on Big Polluters to pass the “Clean Energy Jobs Initiative” and make Nevada a leader in renewable energy. When Nevada’s economy was devastated during the recession, he worked across party lines to solve the worst budget crisis in state history.
While in Congress, Steven worked to ensure veterans, seniors, and all Nevadans received the benefits they deserved. He authored and passed the Nevada Lands Bill to create jobs across the state and fought to protect a woman’s right to make her own healthcare decisions. He was a lead cosponsor on comprehensive immigration reform legislation, and, as the son of an immigrant, he is passionate about protecting families and keeping them together.
Now, Steven runs his own small business, learning firsthand the challenges small business owners face. Steven continues to focus on creating job training opportunities for workers and under-served communities. A devoted family man, Steven has built a strong family with his wife, Sonya Horsford, and their three children.