Mo Denis

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Mo Denis
Moises Denis LV.jpg
President pro tempore of the Nevada Senate
Assumed office
November 9, 2016
Preceded byJoe Hardy
Majority Leader of the Nevada Senate
In office
February 4, 2013 – November 5, 2014
Preceded bySteven Horsford
Succeeded byMichael Roberson
Member of the Nevada Senate
from the 2nd district
Assumed office
November 3, 2010
Preceded byMaggie Carlton
Member of the Nevada Assembly
from the 28th district
In office
November 2004 – November 3, 2010
Preceded byVonne Chowning
Succeeded byLucy Flores
Personal details
Born (1961-08-09) August 9, 1961 (age 57)
New York City, New York, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Susan Cook
EducationBrigham Young University (BA)

Moises Denis (born August 9, 1961) is an American politician serving as President pro tempore of the Nevada Senate since 2016. A member of the Democratic Party, he has served in the Nevada Senate since 2010. He was previously a member of the Nevada Assembly from 2004 to 2010.


Denis was born in New York City to parents who had immigrated from Cuba.

Denis is Mormon. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Uruguay. He studied at Brigham Young University. He has also served as a bishop in the LDS Church as well as in other positions. He is a cousin of United States Senator from Florida Marco Rubio.[1][2]

Political career[edit]

Prior to winning election to the Nevada Senate, Denis was a member of the Nevada Assembly, representing Clark County District 28 from 2004 to 2010.

In August 2011, majority leader Steven Horsford appointed Denis to lead the caucus election efforts during the 2012 election cycle.[3]

In December 2011, Denis resigned from his job with the Nevada Public Utilities Commission following an alleged conflict between his executive and legislative roles.[4]

After the 2012 elections, Denis was chosen by his colleagues to lead the Democratic Caucus as Majority Leader.[5]


  1. ^ Haberman, Maggie. "Rubio went to a Mormon church as a kid". Politico. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  2. ^ Zurcher, Anthony (February 23, 2016). "Marco Rubio returns to his roots in Nevada". BBC News. Retrieved March 1, 2016. Michelle's older brother, Moises Denis, didn't attend the Sunday night rally and, as a Democratic politician representing Las Vegas in the Nevada Senate, is on the opposite side of the political divide from his relative.
  3. ^ "Steve Sebelius: Horsford Making a Congressional Move?"
  4. ^ Las Vegas Sun
  5. ^

External links[edit]

Nevada Senate
Preceded by
Steven Horsford
Majority Leader of the Nevada Senate
Succeeded by
Michael Roberson
Preceded by
Joe Hardy
President pro tempore of the Nevada Senate