Senator Spotlight: Mo Denis, District 2
Every week the Senate Democratic Caucus will highlight one member on our blog. We want you to get the chance to know our senators a little better, to learn about the issues they’re passionate about, and to see what they’ll be working on during the 2015 Session.
Senator: Mo Denis
Hometown: Las Vegas
Senate Committees: Education, Transportation
When did you first run for office? What year did you first join the Nevada Senate? What inspired you to get into politics?
I first ran in 2002 for Assembly District 28. I lost by 62 votes. I ran again 2 years later and won. I served 3 terms in the assembly, and I ran for the Senate in 2010. My Government teacher in high school taught me that we all have a responsibility to be informed about our government and to get involved.
When my daughter started kindergarten I got involved in the PTA. I also was appointed to the Las Vegas / Clark County library board. I had the opportunity to lobby the legislature and congress on education and library issues. When the opportunity to run for the Senate came up I decided that I couldn't complain about things if I wasn't will to do something about it so I ran.
Tell us one fun or interesting fact about your district:
My district actually has not only downtown Las Vegas but also has parts of the North Las Vegas downtown. I have lived in the boundaries of my district for over 40 years.
What is something you hope to accomplish during the 2015 Legislative Session?
I’m looking forward to doing some great things for education, including revising the funding formula and expanding the Zoom Schools. I have a technology bill that could put Nevada on the cutting edge. I'm optimistic that we will redo our tax structure to position Nevada for the future.
I will also continue to look for solutions to the prescription narcotic abuse problem that we have in Nevada. Also, I hope to create more jobs in the recycling industry. Lastly I wish to redefine obesity as a chronic illness to help find solutions to this pervasive problem especially in the Hispanic community.