Mo Denis

senator denis-smlMoises Denis (who goes by “Mo”) has always said, “I won’t complain about a problem unless I’m willing to do something about it.”

That’s why Mo has always been active in his community, serving in key leadership roles and giving of his time and talents to make a difference in the political world.

Mo has been working in his community for two decades doing everything from chairing the PTA, sitting on Clark County Library Board, serving as an elected Assemblyman and most recently getting elected as Nevada’s Senate Majority Leader where he is fighting and advocating for Nevada families.

He has been called “a politician who espouses principles,” by the Las Vegas Review- Journal and a politician “quickly rising”.

“I am passionate about making things better and if stepping up in leadership is something that will help me accomplish this, I’ll do it,” he says.

As State Senator, Mo has taken up education, consumer rights and the economy as his key priorities, passing legislation and chairing committees to address these issues.

“Everything I do in our state’s capital is centered on improving our community and the lives of individuals and families and certainly these issues are vital in their success,” he says.  ”I want to leave something positive for them.”

Mo is the son of immigrant parents from Cuba and was born in Brooklyn, New York. When he was a young child his parents moved to Las Vegas where his father worked in room service at The Sands Hotel & Casino for many years.

After graduating from Rancho High School, Mo went to Brigham Young University in Utah for one year to study music and then left to serve his Mormon mission for two years in Uruguay. Upon returning to BYU, Mo met his wife Susan whom he married soon after at 21 years of age. The couple had their first born soon thereafter, compelling Mo to leave college and seek work to support his family.

Mo got his start in civic engagement when his daughter started her first year of school. Mo became involved in the PTA and implemented changes that involved and grew membership numbers.  He eventually became President of the local board and was also appointed to serve on the Library Board.

In 2002 after redistricting Mo had a failed run for a newly formed assembly seat. During that same period, Mo and Susan had their fifth child.  He was also called to serve as the Bishop of his local congregation of roughly 400 members.

However, two years later in 2004 the seat opened again, and Mo ran and won by a landslide serving as Assemblyman for six years before running unopposed for State Senate in 2010.

In between campaigns, work, legislative sessions and his congregation duties Mo went back to college to complete his Bachelor’s Degree in Music from BYU.

In his capacity as newly elected Senate Majority Leader, Mo currently serves on the Finance Committee, the Revenue and Economic Development Committee and the Commerce, Labor and Energy Committee.

Mo is happily married to his wife Susan of 31 years has five children ages 29-12 plus two grandsons, and Mo continues to fight for the betterment of his community and constituents.

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