|Member of the Nevada Senate
from the 10th district
|Preceded by||Bob Coffin|
|Member of the Nevada Assembly
from the 11th district
|Preceded by||Bob McCleary|
|Succeeded by||Olivia Diaz|
April 25, 1980 |
|Residence||Las Vegas, Nevada|
In 2010, Kihuen was elected to the Nevada State Senate after the incumbent was term-limited. He had previously served in the Nevada State Assembly since 2006, when he defeated incumbent Bob McCleary in a primary election by 471 votes out of 1,642 total votes cast.
Early life and education
Kihuen was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and moved to the United States in 1988. Kihuen's father was a laborer in Orange County, California, before moving to Las Vegas in the 1990s and becoming a middle school science teacher. Kihuen attended Rancho High School and was named the 1997-1998 Nevada "soccer player of the year." He graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. While in high school and college, Kihuen volunteered for the campaigns of Senator Harry Reid, Virginia Governor Mark Warner, and Houston Mayor Lee Brown. Kihuen is currently completing his master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Oklahoma's Nellis Air Force Base campus.
In 2002, Kihuen became a deputy field director for the Nevada Democratic Party. He then served as regional representative to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He then worked as student recruiter and academic advisor for the College of Southern Nevada (CSN). He is a past member of the Clark County Community Development Advisory Committee and the North Las Vegas Citizen's Advisory Committee.
First elected to the state assembly in 2006, Kihuen served two terms before successfully running for the state senate in 2010. During the 76th legislative session in 2011 he was the chair of the Senate Select Committee on Economic Growth and Employment. In the 77th legislative session in 2013, he chaired the Senate Standing Committee on Revenue and Economic Development and served as Majority Whip for the Democrats in the Senate.
In September 2011, Kihuen announced his intention to represent Nevada's 1st congressional district  but withdrew a month before filing opened in February 2012 allowing former Representative Dina Titus to run without a contested primary.
On March 28, 2015, Kihuen announced he was running for Congress in Nevada's 4th congressional district, seeking to defeat first-term incumbent Republican Cresent Hardy. He defeated seven other candidates in the Democratic primary on June 14, 2016. Kihuen spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention, the only 2016 House recruit to be given that honor.
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