Steve Sisolak is a Democrat running for governor of Nevada. Steve Sisolak was born into a working-class family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. His parents Ed and Mary worked hard to provide for their three children and Steve inherited their blue-collar ethic, working full-time to put himself through college at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Steve then enrolled in UNLV’s Graduate Studies Program, where he received a master’s degree in 1978.
Steve put down roots in Las Vegas, built his own communications business and created hundreds of jobs while raising his two daughters on his own as a single father. Both his daughters attended Nevada’s public high schools and UNLV, where Ashley earned her law degree and Carley earned her master’s degree.
Motivated by his passion for education, Steve decided to give back to the community that supported him by serving on the Nevada Board of Regents for ten years. As a champion for parents and students, Steve stood up for Nevadans wrongfully charged out-of-state tuition and fought for increased state funding. As governor, Steve will fight for increased investment in education, better teacher pay, and reduced class sizes. He will also expand the state’s role in job training and vocational education while creating well-paying careers for those without a four-year degree.
In 2008, after ten years as a University Regent, Steve was elected to the Clark County Commission, where he now serves as chairman. On the commission, Steve is known as a coalition builder and problem solver. Steve successfully manages the state’s largest county budget, and led the county through the Great Recession. He is a watchdog for taxpayers and even voted against a pay raise for himself and other commissioners. Steve is also a believer in diversifying Nevada’s economy through clean technology and, as a commissioner, helped recruit a solar manufacturer to the state, which created good-paying jobs. As governor, Steve will make it a priority to continue to promote new fields and recruit job-creating companies so people all across Nevada can earn good pay with benefits to care for their families.
Through hard work and perseverance, Steve Sisolak created a successful business, improved Nevada’s colleges and universities and led Clark County out of the Great Recession. Now Steve is running for governor to keep Nevada strong and moving forward by investing in education, creating jobs by diversifying the economy, and guaranteeing quality, affordable healthcare for all Nevadans.