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Jacky Rosen
Jacky Rosen official photo.jpg
United States Senator-elect
from Nevada
Assuming office
January 3, 2019
Succeeding Dean Heller
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nevada's 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2017
Preceded by Joe Heck
Succeeded by Susie Lee (elect)
Personal details
Jacklyn Sheryl Spektor

(1957-08-02) August 2, 1957 (age 61)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s)Lloyd Dean Neher (divorced)
Larry Rosen ( m. 1993)
Children1 daughter
Education University of Minnesota ( BA)
Clark County Community College ( AAS)
Website House website

Jacklyn Sheryl Rosen (née Spektor; August 2, 1957) [1] [2] is an American politician serving as the U.S. Representative for Nevada's 3rd congressional district since 2017. She was elected to the United States Senate in the 2018 election, defeating Republican incumbent Dean Heller. [3] 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.

Early life and career

Rosen was born on August 2, 1957, in Chicago, Illinois, the daughter of Carol, a homemaker, [4] and Leonard Spektor, a car dealership owner who had served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. [2] 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

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. She will be the junior Senator from Nevada. Her candidacy 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]

Rosen was one of two non-incumbent Democrats to win election to the Senate in 2018. She is the 36th freshman member of the United States House of Representatives to win a seat in the Senate, and the first woman to do so. [18]

Ultimately, Rosen defeated Heller with 50.4% of the vote to Heller's 45.4%. 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. [19]

Political positions

Rosen has been described as a liberal Democrat at times and as a moderate at others. [20] [21] [22] As of October 2018, FiveThirtyEight found that Rosen had voted with President Trump's legislative positions approximately 42% of the time. [23]


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

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. [25] [26]


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

Taxation and employment

She was one of three Democrats who broke with their party and voted to make individual tax cuts permanent. [27] Rosen supports a $15 per hour minimum wage. [21]

Personal life

Rosen resides in Henderson, Nevada, with her husband, Larry, a radiologist. [28] [7] The couple have one daughter. [29] Before entering politics, Rosen served as the president of the Congregation Ner Tamid synagogue, a Reform Jewish synagogue in Henderson. [7] [30] She cites the philosophy of tikkun olam as a key part of her decision to enter politics. [31]

See also


  1. ^ "Rosen, Jacklyn Sheryl, (1957 - ),". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Leonard Spektor Obituary". Las Vegas Review-Journal. July 2, 2011. Retrieved August 29, 2018.
  3. ^ "Midterm Election Results Leave a Divided Congress". November 7, 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. ^ "Jacky Rosen's Historic 2018 US Senate Bid". Smart Politics. 2017-07-27. Retrieved 2018-11-26.
  19. ^ "Nevada - Full Senate results". www.cnn.com.
  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. ^ "Health care a key element of Jacky Rosen's run for Senate". Las Vegas Review-Journal. August 25, 2018. Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  26. ^ "Nevada's Jacky Rosen's new ad shows latest Democratic push for health care in 2018". Retrieved October 26, 2018.
  27. ^ "House votes to make individual tax cuts permanent". POLITICO. Retrieved October 30, 2018.
  28. ^ "Jacky Rosen, U.S. Congress". geni_family_tree.
  29. ^ "Jacky Rosen for Senate". Jacky Rosen for Senate. Retrieved December 3, 2017.
  30. ^ "Congressional candidate Jacky Rosen talks issues from health care to national security". Las Vegas Sun. April 20, 2016. Retrieved November 9, 2016.
  31. ^ "Jewish congresswoman Jacky Rosen announces run for Nevada Senate seat". Jewish Telegraphic Agency. July 6, 2017. Retrieved June 12, 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
Preceded by
Shelley Berkley
Democratic nominee for U.S. Senator from Nevada
( Class 1)

Most recent
U.S. Senate
Preceded by
Dean Heller
United States Senator (Class 1) from Nevada
Taking office 2019
Served alongside: Catherine Cortez Masto
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Francis Rooney
United States Representatives by seniority
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