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Dina Titus
Titus, c. 2015
Member of the
U.S. House of Representatives
from Nevada
Assumed office
January 3, 2013
Preceded byShelley Berkley
Constituency1st district
In office
January 3, 2009 – January 3, 2011
Preceded byJon Porter
Succeeded byJoe Heck
Constituency3rd district
Member of the Nevada Senate
from the 7th district
In office
Preceded byHerbert Jones
Succeeded byDavid Parks
Personal details
Alice Constandina Titus

(1950-05-23) May 23, 1950 (age 74)
Thomasville, Georgia, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Thomas Wright
(m. 1979)
EducationCollege of William & Mary (BA)
University of Georgia (MA)
Florida State University (PhD)
WebsiteHouse website

Alice Constandina "Dina" Titus (/ˈttəs/ TIE-təss; born May 23, 1950) is an American politician who has been the United States representative for Nevada's 1st congressional district since 2013. She served as the U.S. representative for Nevada's 3rd congressional district from 2009 to 2011, when she was defeated by Joe Heck. Titus is a member of the Democratic Party. She served in the Nevada Senate and was its minority leader from 1993 to 2009. Before her election to Congress, Titus was a professor of political science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV). She was the Democratic nominee for governor of Nevada in 2006.

Early life, education, and career[edit]

Titus was born in Thomasville, Georgia. She graduated from the College of William & Mary with a bachelor's degree in political science. Titus earned a master's degree from the University of Georgia and a Ph.D. from Florida State University.[1]

Titus taught in the political science department at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), retiring in 2011.[2]

Nevada Senate[edit]

Titus during the
111th Congress

First elected in 1988, Titus served for 20 years in the Nevada Senate, representing the 7th district.

In December 2010, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid appointed her to a six-year term on the United States Commission on Civil Rights.[3]

Titus authored a bill banning "universal default clauses" that have enabled some credit card issuers to boost interest rates by 30% or more. The bill passed the Senate and Assembly, but was vetoed by Gibbons. Credit card providers Citibank and Chase rolled back or eliminated universal default clauses due to political pressure in the U.S. Congress.[4][dead link]

2006 gubernatorial election campaign[edit]

Titus at the 2008 Nevada Democratic State Convention

Incumbent Republican Nevada Governor Kenny Guinn could not run again in 2006 due to strict absolute lifetime term limit laws. Titus won the Democratic nomination, but lost to Republican Congressman Jim Gibbons. Titus won Clark County, but her margin there was not enough to overcome Gibbons's landslide margin in the 2nd district.

U.S. House of Representatives[edit]



Dina Titus in Las Vegas, November 2008

Democrats were heavily targeting 3rd district Republican incumbent Jon Porter. Their top candidate was Clark County prosecutor Robert Daskas, but Daskas dropped out in April for family reasons. Democrats then recruited Titus, who had won the district in her unsuccessful 2006 run for governor. Titus defeated Porter in November, 47% to 42%, becoming the first Democrat to represent the district. She was a major beneficiary of the overall anti-Bush sentiment in the Las Vegas area.[citation needed] She was elected Regional Whip in the 111th Congress.[5]


Republican former State Senator Joe Heck defeated Titus by less than 2,000 votes.[citation needed]


On October 31, 2011, Titus entered the Democratic primary for Nevada's 1st congressional district, where her home had been placed by redistricting. The incumbent, Democrat Shelley Berkley, gave up the seat to run for the United States Senate. While the 3rd is considered a swing district, the 1st is far and away Nevada's safest Democratic seat.[6] Titus initially faced a challenge from State Senator Ruben Kihuen in the primary. Kihuen dropped out in February 2012, reportedly due to trailing in polls and fundraising.[7] This all but assured Titus's return to Congress after a two-year absence. She easily defeated her Republican challenger, Chris Edwards.


Titus was reelected, defeating Republican nominee Annette Teijeiro with 56.9% of the vote.[8] After this election, she became the only Democratic member of Nevada's U.S. House delegation, as fellow Democrat Steven Horsford was defeated.


Titus defeated Republican nominee Mary D. Perry with 61.9% of the vote to Perry's 28.8%; independent Reuben D'Silva received 7.4%.[8] This election saw Democrats pick up two U.S. House seats in Nevada.


Titus defeated Republican nominee Joyce Bentley with 66.2% of the vote, her highest percentage to date.[8]


Titus won a rematch with Bentley, this time with 61.8% of the vote to Bentley's 33.4%.[8]


Titus was redistricted into a much more competitive district. She faced progressive Amy Vilela in the Democratic primary, winning with 79.8% of the vote; in the general election, Titus defeated Republican nominee Mark Robertson, 51.6% to 46.0%. Most poll aggregators rated the race a tossup.[8]


Titus and Rep. John Katko (R-NY) watch President Joe Biden sign a bill they sponsored.

On December 18, 2019, Titus voted for both articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.[9]

Titus voted with President Joe Biden's stated position 100% of the time in the 117th Congress, according to a FiveThirtyEight analysis.[10]

Committee assignments[edit]


Caucus memberships[edit]

Political positions[edit]


In 2014 Titus received a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood for opposing a nationwide abortion ban after 20 weeks and supporting abortion access in the District of Columbia and through the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.[15][better source needed]

Armenia–Azerbaijan war[edit]

In September 2020, Titus started a successful petition to rename a Library of Congress heading from "Armenian massacres" to "Armenian genocide" in the wake of Armenian genocide recognition by the United States Congress in 2019.[16][17]

On October 1, 2020, Titus co-signed a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo that condemned Azerbaijan's offensive operations against the Armenian-populated enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh, denounced Turkey's role in the Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, and called for an immediate ceasefire.[18]


On December 16, 2021, Titus expressed her frustration with the process of redrawing Nevada's congressional districts to make them more electorally competitive. According to the Nevada Current, she told an AFL-CIO town hall, "I totally got fucked by the legislature on my district." She added, "I'm sorry to say it like that, but I don't know any other way to say it." Democrats who control the state legislature in Nevada gerrymandered districts to make two swing districts stronger for Democrats. She warned that three safe seats are now in danger and at risk of turning Republican in the 2022 election.[19][20]

Voting rights[edit]

On February 9, 2023, Titus voted against H.J.Res. 24: Disapproving the action of the District of Columbia Council in approving the Local Resident Voting Rights Amendment Act of 2022 which condemns the District of Columbia's plan that would allow noncitizens to vote in local elections.[21][22]


In 2023, Titus voted against H.Con.Res. 21 which directed President Joe Biden to remove U.S. troops from Syria within 180 days.[23][24]

Personal life[edit]

Titus has been married to Thomas C. Wright since 1979. Wright is a retired professor of history at UNLV. His studies in Latin American history have taken the couple on extended journeys throughout Central and South America and to Spain.[25]

She is Greek Orthodox.[26]


Titus is the author of Bombs in the Backyard: Atomic Testing and American Politics[27] and Battle Born: Federal-State Relations in Nevada During the Twentieth Century.[28]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Cohen, Ariel (1 February 2013). "Alumna Dina Titus re-elected as representative of Nevada". Flat Hat News. Retrieved 7 May 2024.
  2. ^ Calderon, Jannelle (13 May 2022). "Titus facing hardest race in recent years to retain seat in newly competitive district". The Nevada Independent. Retrieved 7 May 2024.
  3. ^ Demirjian, Karoun (December 3, 2010). "Harry Reid names Dina Titus to U.S. Commission on Civil Rights". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved October 8, 2011.
  4. ^ Fehd, Amanda (17 May 2007). "Bill targeting high credit card rates goes to governor". Nevada Appeal. Retrieved 11 October 2011.
  5. ^ Usufzy, Pashtana (December 1, 2008). "Titus appointed regional whip". Rebel Yell. Archived from the original on November 18, 2011. Retrieved October 8, 2011.
  6. ^ Myers, Laura (October 31, 2011). "Titus to announce new bid for Congress". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved November 2, 2011.
  7. ^ "Kihuen out in 1st Congressional District". February 7, 2012. Archived from the original on February 1, 2013.
  8. ^ a b c d e "Titus, Dina". Our Campaigns. Retrieved December 22, 2022.
  9. ^ "WHIP COUNT: Here's which members of the House voted for and against impeaching Trump". Business Insider.
  10. ^ Bycoffe, Aaron; Wiederkehr, Anna (2021-04-22). "Does Your Member Of Congress Vote With Or Against Biden?". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved 2023-11-15.
  11. ^ DeFazio, Peter. "Chairman DeFazio Announces Subcommittee Chairs for the 116th Congress". Archived from the original on 26 January 2019. Retrieved 15 February 2019.
  12. ^ "Membership". Congressional Arts Caucus. Archived from the original on 12 June 2018. Retrieved 13 March 2018.
  13. ^ "Our Members". U.S. House of Representatives International Conservation Caucus. Archived from the original on 1 August 2018. Retrieved 5 August 2018.
  14. ^ "Members". U.S. – Japan Caucus. Retrieved 9 January 2019.
  15. ^ "2014 Congressional Score Card". Planned Parenthood Action Fund. Archived from the original on 14 June 2014. Retrieved 31 July 2014.
  16. ^ "Rep. Titus Leading U.S. House Drive Urging the Library of Congress to use Armenian Genocide Subject Heading". Armenian National Committee of America. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  17. ^ "BREAKING: Library of Congress Corrects "Armenian Massacres" Subject Heading to "Armenian Genocide"". The Armenian Weekly. 21 October 2020. Retrieved 30 October 2020.
  18. ^ "Senate and House Leaders to Secretary of State Pompeo: Cut Military Aid to Azerbaijan; Sanction Turkey for Ongoing Attacks Against Armenia and Artsakh". The Armenian Weekly. October 2, 2020.
  19. ^ Shabad, Rebecca (2021-12-16). "In profane rant, Nevada congresswoman blames fellow Democrats for competitive race". NBC News. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
  20. ^ Lyle, Michael (2021-12-16). "Titus unloads on fellow Nevada Democrats, says they botched redistricting". Nevada Current. Retrieved 2021-12-16.
  21. ^ "House votes to overturn D.C.'s illegal immigrant voting plan". The Washington Times.
  22. ^ "H.J.Res. 24: Disapproving the action of the District of Columbia … -- House Vote #118 -- Feb 9, 2023".
  23. ^ "H.Con.Res. 21: Directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of … -- House Vote #136 -- Mar 8, 2023".
  24. ^ "House Votes Down Bill Directing Removal of Troops From Syria". US News & World Report. 8 March 2023. Retrieved 6 April 2023.
  25. ^ Goldberg, Delen (June 23, 2011). "Dina Titus retires from UNLV with $162,000 buyout". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved October 8, 2011.
  26. ^ "Members". Roll Call. Retrieved 2022-11-12.
  27. ^ Titus, A. Constandina (2001-02-01). Bombs In The Backyard: Atomic Testing And American Politics (2nd ed.). Reno: University of Nevada Press. ISBN 9780874173703.
  28. ^ Titus, D. (1989-06-01). Titus, A. Costandina (ed.). Battle Born. Dubuque, Iowa: Kendall Hunt Pub Co. ISBN 9780840352873.

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