|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 forbidden to run for reelection because of term limits. He had previously served in the Nevada State Assembly since 2006, when he had defeated incumbent Bob McCleary in a primary election by 471 votes out of 1642 total votes for that district.
Early life and education
Ruben was born in Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico and grew up in Las Vegas. He attended Rancho High School and graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with a Bachelor of Science degree in education. He is currently completing his master’s degree in Public Administration at the University of Oklahoma's Nellis Air Force Base campus.
Kihuen worked as student recruiter and academic advisor for the College of Southern Nevada (CSN) and as a field organizer for campaigns in Nevada, Virginia, Florida and Texas. He then served as regional representative to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. 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 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, 2013, he will be the chair of the Senate Standing Committee on Revenue and Economic Development as well as Majority Whip for the Democrats in the Senate.
Runs for Congress
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 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 will face former State Assemblywoman Lucy Flores in the Democratic primary.
- "NVSOS.GOV - Elections Results: 2006 Statewide Primaryï¿½Election Coverage and Reports". nvsos.gov. Retrieved April 24, 2015.
- "Details". state.nv.us. Retrieved April 24, 2015.
- Karoun Demirjian. "Dina Titus being pressured not to run for 1st Congressional District seat". LasVegasSun.com. Retrieved April 24, 2015.
- Karoun Demirjian. "Ruben Kihuen drops out of CD1 race, clearing way for Dina Titus". LasVegasSun.com. Retrieved April 24, 2015.
- Myers, Laura (March 28, 2015). "Nevada Sen. Ruben Kihuen announces bid for Congress". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved April 23, 2015.