Jacky Rosen will join Senator Catherine Cortez Masto as the second female Senator of Nevada. Senator Masto is both the first woman elected to represent Nevada in the U.S. Senate as well as the first Latina ever elected to the U.S. Senate. Endorsed by retiring Senator Harry Reid, Masto’s victory depended on the overwhelming support of Clark County, home to over 70 percent of Nevada’s population. Jacky Rosen would win in Clark County as well, setting up a divide similar to what was once true in statewide California elections. Republicans carry less populated counties but lose elections because of more densely populated voting for Democrats.
Rosen become the first female freshman in the House to win a Senate seat, defeating Dean Heller with 50.4% of the vote. Heller received 45%. It can’t be stated enough that Rosen carrying Clark County made all the difference.
Dedicated to the lives and concerns of her constituents, Rosen often asked people she met on the campaign trail, “What keeps you up at night?”
And people responded, telling her their concerns and complaints. With very little legislative record to run on, Rosen was in the midst of her freshman term in the House, she had to run on a platform of compassion and concern. Rosen tended to sidestep talk about what was going on in the White House in favor of what was happening in the homes of Nevada voters.
That being said, while in the House Rosen voted to make the latest round of tax giveaways permanent. It will be important to pay attention to how she votes over the next 6 years.
Given the nickname ‘Wacky Jacky’ during the campaign of 2018, political reporter Megan Messerly had this to say about the moniker, “Those who like her say she’s kind and thoughtful. Those who don’t say she’s boring and inexperienced. “Wacky Jacky” just rhymes.”
Nevada is changing. In the space of two years, Nevada switched from two white male Senators, one Democrat and one Republican, to two Democratic female Senators, one of whom is Latina. Jacky Rosen is Jewish whereas the past two Senators were Mormons.
No matter what anyone might say to the contrary, there is something going on in Nevada politics. It will be interesting to see how it plays out over the next few years. Masto is up for reelection in 2022 and Rosen in 2024.