Senator Spotlight: Joyce Woodhouse, Dist. 5

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: Joyce Woodhouse
District: 5
Hometown: Henderson, NV. Joyce grew up in Big Timber, MT.
Senate Committees: Senate Education, Finance, and Health and Human Services

When did you first run for office? What year did you first join the Nevada Senate? What inspired you to get into politics?

senator joyce-smlI ran for the Nevada Senate and won in 2006 and 2012. I lost my re-election in 2010. I was inspired by the political process while in high school, when John F. Kennedy was elected to the U.S. Presidency in 1960. I volunteered for campaigns through high school, college, and while serving as a classroom teacher. I always wanted to be involved in the decision making process on the important issues impacting our state, particularly those related to improving our education system. 

Tell us one fun or interesting fact about your district: 

When I first ran for office in Senate District 5, it was a dual district, thus it had two senators and was a HUGE district! After redistricting in 2011, it essentially was cut in half. As many districts are, Senate District 5 is very diverse from the neighborhoods in downtown Henderson to the neighborhoods in Green Valley. It is an honor to serve the residents of my district.

What is something you hope to accomplish during the 2015 Legislative Session?

I am committed to accomplishing our goals of providing for full day kindergarten for students throughout the state, to increasing the number of students who can attend pre-K, to addressing the needs of our at-risk student population so that they can become productive citizens. Also, I am working on several pieces of legislation to provide for the safety of our children, our veterans, and our seniors.


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