Lucy Flores

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Lucy Flores
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Member of the Nevada Assembly
from the 28th district
In office
February 7, 2011 – February 8, 2015
Preceded byMo Denis
Succeeded byEdgar Flores
Personal details
Born (1979-10-24) October 24, 1979 (age 39)
Glendale, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationCollege of Southern Nevada
University of Southern California (BA)
University of Nevada, Las Vegas (JD)
WebsiteOfficial website

Lucy Flores (born October 24, 1979) is an American politician from Nevada. A member of the Democratic Party, she was a member of the Nevada State Assembly representing the 28th district from 2011-2015. She was an unsuccessful candidate for lieutenant governor in 2014.[1]

Personal life and education[edit]

Flores was born in Glendale, California, but her family moved to Northeast Las Vegas shortly after Flores was born.[2] Flores was one of thirteen children.[3] Only one brother graduated high school, and all of her sisters became pregnant in their teens.[3] Flores's mother left her family when she was nine, and Flores's father worked multiple jobs, so Flores had to care for her younger siblings. After her mother left, Flores's school performance suffered, and she looked to local gang members for role models.[4] She became involved with the local gangs, and spent months in juvenile detention after stealing a car. Leslie Camp, Flores's parole officer, became an important role model for Flores, and helped Flores turn her life around. Flores's difficult early life informs her political views, and she advocates job retraining and educational opportunities to help other people who came from difficult backgrounds.[1]

Flores dropped out of Rancho High School,[4] but passed the GED test. After working as a receptionist and office manager, Flores started attending the College of Southern Nevada.[2] She transferred to and graduated from the University of Southern California, and earned a J.D. degree from University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2010.[1] While at UNLV, Flores pushed the school to create a course dedicated to investigating potential wrongful convictions.[5] Her hobbies include running and singing.[6] A fan of medical dramas, one of Flores's favorite television shows is Grey's Anatomy.[7]

In 2013, while explaining why she supported a sex education bill, Flores stated that she had had an abortion when she was 16.[8] Flores would later receive death threats for saying that she had an abortion.[9]

Career[edit]

State Assembly[edit]

A progressive Democrat, Flores was elected to the Nevada State Assembly in 2010, and became vice-chair of the Nevada Hispanic Legislative Caucus in 2012. Flores became one of the first Latina members of the Nevada Assembly.[10] In the Assembly, Flores represented the neighborhood she grew up in.[4] Flores served on the transportation, ways and means, and legislative operations and elections committees.[6] Flores was re-elected in 2012 without opposition.[1] In 2012, Flores became an assistant majority whip.[11]

Flores introduced an education bill that would use end-of-course final exams in high school rather than Nevada's proficiency exams.[12] Other bills introduced by Flores include one to allow domestic violence abuse victims to break leases in order to avoid the abuser, and a bill that would require professional sporting events to have medical personnel present.[13] Flores also helped to organize a conference of teachers and legislators centered on how to improve educational success among Latinos.[14] Flores supports expanding early childhood education,[15] and considers education to be her most important priority as a legislator.[7] In 2013, Flores introduced a bill that would require chain restaurants to post calorie counts. The measure passed both houses of the Nevada legislature, but was vetoed by Governor Brian Sandoval.[16]

Flores established a PAC, Impacto Fund, to help elect Latinos in the Southwest United States. Flores was motivated by the feeling that Latinos are underrepresented in politics, and that there should be an effort to recruit and encourage Latino candidates.[17]

In the 2012 presidential election, Flores was a campaign surrogate for President Barack Obama's re-election campaign; Flores helped the campaign by, for example, debating with members of the Republican Party on Univision.[1] While campaigning, Flores was hospitalized for exhaustion.[17]

Flores was honored with the Excellence in Legal Clinics Award by UNLV in 2010 and the Hubbard Award by the Mexican-American Alumni Association of USC in 2007. Latism named Flores the best politician at using social media to reach Latinos.[18] In 2013, Flores was named a Rodel Fellow by the Aspen Institute.[19] Flores has been affiliated with the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials, the Nevada Council of the Blind, Seniors United, and the Stonewall Democratic Club of Southern Nevada.[6]

Lieutenant governor campaign[edit]

Flores decided against seeking reelection to her Assembly seat for the 28th district, instead she chose to run for Lieutenant Governor of Nevada. Her seat was taken by Edgar Flores (no relation[20]).

In the 2014 Lieutenant Governor of Nevada elections Flores was defeated by Republican Mark Hutchison[21] in a landslide,[22] 60% to 34%,[23] despite personal appearances by then-vice-president Joe Biden[24][25] and mail-in endorsements by then-Senate Leader Harry Reid.[26] The election for lieutenant governor was seen as particularly important during the campaign because Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, a Republican, was speculated to possibly vacate his office (after winning the re-election bid) to run for the United States Senate in 2016[27][28] (contrary to speculation, Sandoval opted not to run in 2016).

Congressional campaign[edit]

In April 2015, Flores announced her candidacy for the United States House of Representatives seat in Nevada's 4th congressional district against incumbent Republican Cresent Hardy in the 2016 election. She faced State Senator Ruben Kihuen, who won the Democratic primary.[29]

Flores endorsed Senator Bernie Sanders in the 2016 Democratic presidential primaries, saying that "this is about real lives" and that "this is a system that isn’t working for the everyday person. . .it’s one of the reasons why I decided to endorse Bernie Sanders."[30]

On April 13, 2016, Sanders sent out an email to his supporters asking them to split a contribution to his campaign and Flores' congressional campaign. His reason for this request was that EMILY's List, a group that help's elect pro-choice female Democrats to office, including Sanders' opponent Hillary Clinton,[31] endorsed Flores' opponent Susie Lee[32] instead of her. The organization had endorsed her three times previously.[33] Sanders claimed in a fundraising email that the group did not endorse Flores because she had endorsed Sanders,[34] adding in another email that same day to split the contribution 4 ways instead of just 2, adding Zephyr Teachout and Pramila Jayapal.

Subsequent career[edit]

Flores continues advocating for progressive causes by serving on the board of directors of Our Revolution (a political action organization affiliated with Bernie Sanders)[35] and Let America Vote (a voting rights organization founded by former Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander).[36]

As of March 2019, Flores runs Luz Collective, a Los Angeles-based digital media company.[37]

In March 2019, Flores wrote an op-ed for New York magazine's "The Cut" alleging then Vice President Joe Biden "inappropriately kissed and touched her after he offered to help her with her 2014 campaign" while the two were at a Las Vegas campaign rally.[38][39] She stated he walked up behind her, put his hands on her shoulders, smelled her hair, and planted a kiss on the back of her head. She wrote that, by acting in this manner, Biden had touched her in "an intimate way reserved for close friends, family, or romantic partners — and I felt powerless to do anything about it."[38] Two Obama-era officers, Elizabeth Warren (now a Senator) and former HUD Secretary Julián Castro, both have said that they believe Flores' story.[40][41] Henry R. Muñoz III stated he did not believe Flores' account after "thoroughly review[ing]" the available evidence since Flores and Biden were never alone together.[37]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Laris, Michael (November 1, 2012). "Latina legislator in battleground Nevada is busy surrogate for Obama". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  2. ^ a b Sarlin, Benjy (July 8, 2014). "Is Lucy Flores the Latina star Democrats have been waiting for?". MSNBC. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  3. ^ a b Joffe-Block, Jude (February 7, 2011). "Lucy Flores: From Juvenile Hall To The Halls Of Nevada's Legislature". Fronteras. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  4. ^ a b c Spillman, Benjamin (December 17, 2010). "Lawmaker overcomes troubled past". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  5. ^ Kihara, David (September 2, 2008). "Guilty until proven innocent". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  6. ^ a b c "Assemblywoman Lucy Flores". Nevada Legislature. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  7. ^ a b Jacob, Matt (January 26, 2012). "Lucy Flores". Vegas Seven. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  8. ^ Hagar, Ray (April 2, 2013). "Assemblywoman Flores tells dramatic, personal story in sex-education hearing". Reno Gazette-Journal. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  9. ^ Peterson, Hayley (April 4, 2013). "Nevada lawmaker in hiding as she receives death threats over emotional testimony about abortion she 'didn't regret' having at age 16". Daily Mail. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  10. ^ Ramos, Elianne (November 19, 2012). "Nevada's first Latina assemblywoman on breaking barriers". NBCLatino. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  11. ^ Ralston, Jon (December 4, 2012). "Full Assembly leadership, committee chairs announced". Ralston Reports. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
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  13. ^ Vogel, Ed (November 23, 2012). "State bill seeks to bar job discrimination against communists". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  14. ^ Lapan, Tovin (May 5, 2012). "Educators, legislators meet to discuss Latino student success". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  15. ^ Joffe-Black, Jude (January 24, 2012). "The Latino Gap: Preschool Helps, But Not Enough Are Enrolled". Fronteras. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  16. ^ Jennings, Lisa (June 6, 2013). "Nevada governor vetoes menu-labeling legislation". Nation's Restaurant News. Retrieved December 9, 2013.
  17. ^ a b Lapan, Tovin (November 27, 2012). "Q&A: Assemblywoman discusses upcoming session, social media strategy and new PAC for Hispanic Democrats". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  18. ^ Anarc (October 29, 2012). "Meet The Best Of The Best Among Latin@s In Social Media And Tech Innovation". Latism. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
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  20. ^ "Las Vegas Review-Journal". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  21. ^ Sebelius, Steve (June 23, 2014). "No, I'M Lucy Flores!". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved July 23, 2014.
  22. ^ "Harry Reid's Last Power Play". Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  23. ^ LAURA MYERS LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. "Nevada joins the big red wave". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved April 24, 2015.
  24. ^ "Joe Biden And Eva Longoria Campaign For Nevada Democrats". Zimbio. November 1, 2014. Retrieved March 31, 2019. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden speaks as actress Eva Longoria, co-founder of the Latino Victory PAC, and Democratic candidate for lieutenant governor and current Nevada Assemblywoman Lucy Flores (D-Las Vegas) look on at a get-out-the-vote rally at a union hall on November 1, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada
  25. ^ http://www.fox5dc.com/news/joe-biden-accused-of-inappropriate-conduct-by-former-nevada-dem-candidate
  26. ^ https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jun/6/reid-accused-of-illegal-campaigning-to-help-flores/
  27. ^ Hagar, Ray (July 9, 2013). "Hutchison 'gets it' about social media; Will Flores announce run at lieutenant gov?". Reno Gazette-Journal. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  28. ^ Wilson, Reid (August 21, 2013). "The most important race you've never heard of". The Washington Post. Retrieved August 26, 2013.
  29. ^ LAURA MYERS LAS VEGAS REVIEW-JOURNAL. "Democrat Lucy Flores announces congressional bid". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved April 24, 2015.
  30. ^ "Nevada Congressional Candidate Lucy Flores Endorses Bernie Sanders". I Agree To See.
  31. ^ Blumenthal, Paul (June 19, 2015). "EMILY's List Already Raising Big Bucks For Hillary Clinton". Huffington Post. Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  32. ^ "EMILY's List Endorses Susie Lee for Congress in Nevada's Fourth Congressional District". www.emilyslist.org. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  33. ^ "Las Vegas Review-Journal". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved May 29, 2017.
  34. ^ Blumenthal, Paul (April 13, 2016). "Bernie Sanders Reaches Down Ballot To Expand His Political Revolution". The Huffington Post. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  35. ^ "Our Revolution Announces Formation of Board". Our Revolution. Retrieved May 21, 2018.
  36. ^ "Advisors". Let America Vote. Retrieved May 1, 2018.
  37. ^ a b Marans, Daniel (April 1, 2019). "Lucy Flores Still Wants An Apology From Joe Biden". HuffPost. Retrieved April 1, 2019.
  38. ^ a b O’Connor, Lydia (March 29, 2019). "Ex-Nevada Assemblywoman Says Joe Biden Inappropriately Kissed Her". HuffPost. Retrieved March 29, 2019.
  39. ^ Flores, Lucy (March 29, 2019). "An Awkward Kiss Changed How I Saw Joe Biden". The Cut. Retrieved April 2, 2019.
  40. ^ Jasmine Wright (March 30, 2019). "Elizabeth Warren says Joe Biden needs to give an answer for allegation of inappropriate touching". CNN. Retrieved March 31, 2019. Warren said in Iowa on Saturday. "I believe Lucy Flores.
  41. ^ Bowden, John (March 30, 2019). "Warren, Castro support author of op-ed accusing Biden of inappropriate contact". TheHill. Retrieved March 31, 2019.

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