Assemblywoman Shea Backus

Party: Democratic

Legislative Service

  • Nevada Assembly, 2019 (first elected November 2018)—one regular session
  • 2019 SESSION COMMITTEES: Growth and Infrastructure; Judiciary; Taxation
  • 2019-2020 INTERIM COMMITTEES: National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws; Nevada Advisory Council on Federal Assistance

Other Achievements

  • Emerge Nevada, Graduate, 2017
  • Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, 2017 Pro Bono Project, 50 Hours Club
  • Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Volunteer Attorney of the Month, January, 2017
  • Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, 2013, 2014, 2015, and 2016 Pro Bono Project, 100 Hours Club
  • Mountain West Super Lawyers, Rising Star, 2009-2015
  • Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, 2012 and 2013, Pro Bono Honor Roll
  • Las Vegas Business Press, Women Impacting Business in Southern Nevada, Nominee, May, 2010


  • State Bar of Nevada, Member, 2003–current
  • The Howard D. McKibben Chapter of American Inns of Court, 2010–current; Executive Board Member, 2017–current
  • Legal Aid Center of Southern Nevada, Children’s Attorneys Project, Attorney Volunteer, 2012–current; CAP Mentor, 2017–current
  • State Bar of Nevada, Transitioning into Practice Mentor, 2012–current


  • E.W. Clark High School, Distinguished Scholar Diploma, 1993
  • University of California, San Diego, Revelle College, B.S. Management Science, 1998
  • Arizona State University, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, J.D., 2003; Indian Law Certificate, 2003


Occupation: Attorney
Recreation: Crafts, travel
Born: 1975, Las Vegas, Nevada
Spouse: Marc McDermont

Primary Sponsor

AB126 Enacts provisions governing the procedures for changing the name of an unemancipated minor who is in the legal custody of a child welfare agency. (BDR 3-402)
AB134 Revises provisions governing privileges. (BDR 4-694)
AB180 Revises provisions governing the transportation of certain children to school. (BDR 34-692)
SB193 Makes an appropriation for educational programs relating to history, law and civics. (BDR S-368)
AB286 Makes various changes relating to trusts and estates. (BDR 2-1028)
AB298 Requires an agency which provides child welfare services to adopt a plan for the recruitment and retention of foster homes. (BDR 38-1061)
AB299 Revises provisions governing certain powers of attorney. (BDR 13-691)
AB306 Enacts provisions to assist veteran-owned businesses to create cooperatives. (BDR 7-288)
AB387 Establishes a program to provide services to families of certain children with a mental illness or emotional disturbance. (BDR 39-1000)
AB430 Providing for a study concerning maternal, infant and early childhood home visitation services. (BDR S-1001)


AJR1 Expresses objection to the transfer of radioactive plutonium to this State. (BDR R-977)
ACR3 Memorializes former Assemblyman Bob Price. (BDR R-971)
AJR4 Urges the President and the Congress of the United States to pass acts to combat illegal harvesting and trafficking of human organs. (BDR R-92)
SCR7 Celebrates the sister state relationship between the State of Nevada and Taiwan. (BDR R-1266)
SCR8 Memorializes former Nevada Attorney General and Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Springer. (BDR R-1259)
ACR9 Celebrates the Life of Assemblyman Odis “Tyrone” Thompson. (BDR R-1291)
AB127 Revises provisions governing testimony before governmental bodies. (BDR 19-272)
AB136 Makes various changes relating to public construction. (BDR 28-145)
AB138 Revises provisions governing workers' compensation. (BDR 53-708)
AB139 Revises provisions relating to when minors may marry. (BDR 11-1)
AB142 Eliminates the statute of limitations for the prosecution of sexual assault in certain circumstances. (BDR 14-175)
SB143 Repeals, revises and reenacts provisions relating to background checks for certain sales or transfers of firearms. (BDR 15-755)
AB155 Revises provisions governing the eligibility requirements for grants awarded under the Silver State Opportunity Grant Program. (BDR 34-674)
AB159 Establishes the Governor's Advisory Council on Food Security within the Department of Health and Human Services. (BDR 18-830)
AB169 Establishes the Maternal Mortality Review Committee. (BDR 40-712)
AB170 Revises provisions relating to health insurance coverage. (BDR 57-278)
AB174 Establishes the Nevada Interagency Advisory Council on Homelessness to Housing. (BDR 18-94)
SB178 Creates the Council on Food Security and the Food for People, Not Landfills Program. (BDR 18-57)
AB181 Revises provisions governing employment attendance practices. (BDR 53-833)
AB183 Prohibits certain correctional services from being provided by private entities. (BDR 16-290)
AB190 Revises provisions relating to certain construction. (BDR 28-637)
AB192 Establishes a procedure when certain offenses are decriminalized. (BDR 14-319)
AB216 Requires the establishment of a database of information relating to funding opportunities for higher education. (BDR 18-858)
AB246 Revises provisions relating to business entities. (BDR 18-996)
AB247 Makes various changes relating to the care of children. (BDR 38-289)
AB267 Provides compensation to certain persons who were wrongfully convicted. (BDR 3-657)
AB277 Requires school districts to establish, through negotiations with an employee organization, a program to increase the salaries of teachers and other employees. (BDR 34-1045)
AB294 Makes various changes concerning graduation requirements for certain pupils who experience instability concerning residence. (BDR 34-1022)
AB304 Revises requirements relating to class sizes in public schools. (BDR 34-930)
AB333 Provides for the issuance of “Vegas Strong” specialty license plates. (BDR 43-273)
AB337 Revises provisions governing railroads. (BDR 58-957)
AB363 Revises certain provisions relating to homeless youth. (BDR 43-1033)
AB499 Provides for a special license plate of limited duration commemorating the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage. (BDR 43-1265)