Yvanna Cancela

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Yvanna Cancela
Member of the Nevada Senate
from the 10th district
Assumed office
February 6, 2017
Preceded byRubén Kihuen
Personal details
Born1987 (age 32–33)
Phoenix, Arizona, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
EducationNorthwestern University (BA)

Yvanna Cancela (born 1987) is an American politician from the state of Nevada. A member of the Democratic Party, she has represented the 10th district of the Nevada Senate since 2017.

Cancela was born to Cuban immigrants in Phoenix, Arizona, and raised in Miami, Florida. She graduated from Northwestern University with a bachelor's degree in communications in 2010. During the summer of 2009, she interned in Harry Reid's United States Senate office. She then moved to Nevada to work on Reid's 2010 reelection campaign.[1][2]

Cancela served as the political director for the Culinary Workers Union for six years. She now serves as executive director of the Immigrant Workers Citizenship Project.[1] In 2017, Cancela was chosen to succeed Ruben Kihuen, who was elected to the United States House of Representatives, in the Nevada Senate. She took office on February 6, 2017.[3] She became the first Latina to serve in the Nevada Senate.[4]

Cancela was selected as one of seventeen speakers to jointly deliver the keynote address at the 2020 Democratic National Convention.[5] She was also chosen to serve as one of the convention's parliamentarians.[6]


  1. ^ a b Snyder, Riley (January 17, 2017). "Freshman Orientation: State Senator Yvanna Cancela". The Nevada Independent. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  2. ^ "3 apply for Ruben Kihuen's vacant Senate District 10 seat". December 1, 2016. Retrieved December 7, 2017.
  3. ^ https://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics-and-government/nevada/yvanna-cancela-wants-to-fight-for-working-families-as-member-of-nevada-senate/
  4. ^ Davidson, Michael Scott (January 31, 2017). "Yvanna Cancela chosen to fill Ruben Kihuen's Senate District 10 seat". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved January 31, 2017.
  5. ^ "Democrats Unveil A New Kind of Convention Keynote". 2020 Democratic National Convention. August 16, 2020. Retrieved August 16, 2020.
  6. ^ "Democratic National Convention Announces 2020 Convention Officers, Schedule of Events". 2020 Democratic National Convention. July 30, 2020. Retrieved August 3, 2020.

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Preceded by
Elizabeth Warren
Keynote Speaker of the Democratic National Convention
Served alongside: Stacey Abrams, Raumesh Akbari, Colin Allred, Brendan Boyle, Kathleen Clyde, Nikki Fried, Robert Garcia, Marlon Kimpson, Conor Lamb, Mari Manoogian, Victoria Neave, Jonathan Nez, Sam Park, Denny Ruprecht, Randall Woodfin
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