Catherine Cortez Masto

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Catherine Cortez Masto
Catherine Cortez Masto.jpg
32nd Attorney General of Nevada
Assumed office
January 1, 2007
Governor Jim Gibbons
Brian Sandoval
Preceded by George Chanos
Succeeded by Adam Laxalt (elect)
Personal details
Born Catherine Marie Cortez
1964 (age 49–50)
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Paul Masto
Residence Reno, Nevada, U.S.
Alma mater University of Nevada, Reno (BS)
Gonzaga University School of Law (JD)
Website Official website

Catherine Marie Cortez Masto (born 1964) is an American attorney and politician. She is the current Attorney General of Nevada. She was elected to replace George Chanos. She is a member of the Democratic Party. Cortez Masto is not eligible to run for a third term in 2014 due to lifetime term limits established by the Nevada Constitution.

Cortez Masto declined to run for Governor of Nevada in 2014.[1]

Education and law career[edit]

Cortez Masto earned a Bachelor of Science from University of Nevada, Reno in 1986, and a J.D. from Gonzaga University School of Law in 1990.[2]

She was admitted to the State Bar of Nevada in 1990, the U.S. District Court, District of Nevada in 1991 and the U.S. Court of Appeals, for the Ninth Circuit in 1994.[3] She is married to Paul Masto, a former Special Agent in the United States Secret Service.

Her career includes four years as a civil attorney in Las Vegas and two years as a criminal prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney's Office in Washington, D.C.[3]

Nevada Attorney General[edit]

As Attorney General, Masto has investigated Bank of America's practice of raising interest rates on troubled borrowers. Her office sought to end Nevada's participation in a loan modification settlement in order to sue the bank over deceptive marketing and lending practices.[4]

Masto is defending the state of Nevada in the lawsuit Sevcik v. Sandoval regarding gay rights, which is currently in front of the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. After the 9th Circuit determined it was unconstitutional to prevent someone from participating in the fundamental purposes of government (for example serving as a juror) because of sexual orientation, Masto announced she was reconsidering the brief. She later withdrew her defense of the ban of same sex marriage stating it was no longer defensible.[5]


  1. ^ Doughman, Andrew (September 19, 2013). "Cortez Masto: I’m not running for governor". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved September 20, 2013. 
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  3. ^ a b "About Catherine Cortez Masto, Nevada's Attorney General". Retrieved March 28, 2012. 
  4. ^ Morgenson, Gretchen (August 30, 2011). "Nevada Says Bank Broke Mortgage Settlement". The New York Times. Retrieved November 5, 2013. 
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Legal offices
Preceded by
George Chanos
Attorney General of Nevada
January 1, 2007 – present
Succeeded by
Adam Laxalt (elect)