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

SJR7 Proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to establish certain rights relating to reproductive health. (BDR C-864)
AB125 Revises provisions relating to public safety. (BDR 43-796)
SB133 Revises provisions relating to presidential electors. (BDR 24-539)
AB150 Revises provisions governing the waiver of certain fees by the Board of Regents of the University of Nevada. (BDR 34-88)
AB231 Revises various provisions of the Uniform Commercial Code. (BDR 8-604)
AB258 Enacts certain provisions governing the confidentiality of certain personal information of a donor, member or volunteer of a nonprofit organization. (BDR 19-605)
SB285 Makes an appropriation for civics education programs. (BDR S-86)
AB302 Revises provisions governing state-issued identification. (BDR 43-984)
SB360 Provides for the licensure and regulation of persons engaged in digital financial asset business activity. (BDR 59-887)
AB371 Makes various changes relating to parentage. (BDR 11-140)
SB391 Revises provisions relating to governmental entities. (BDR 20-936)
AB414 Revises provisions governing powers of attorney. (BDR 13-797)
AB444 Revises provisions concerning child welfare. (BDR 11-614)


AJR1 Urges the United States Department of Veterans Affairs to study the effectiveness and use of hyperbaric oxygen therapy for veterans. (BDR R-838)
SCR3 Memorializes esteemed attorney and lobbyist Ben Graham. (BDR R-1095)
AJR6 Proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to adopt the National Popular Vote Compact. (BDR C-389)
SB131 Revises provisions relating to reproductive health care. (BDR 54-44)
SB138 Revises provisions relating to sex trafficking. (BDR 15-609)
AB217 Revises provisions governing higher education. (BDR 34-464)
SB231 Makes appropriations to the Interim Finance Committee for allocation to school districts that budget salary increases for certain employees and to the Department of Education for certain personnel costs. (BDR S-508)
AB246 Revises provisions governing elections. (BDR 24-821)
SB266 Revises various provisions relating to gaming. (BDR 41-943)
SB273 Changes the name of the Nevada State College to the Nevada State University. (BDR 34-968)
AB286 Makes various changes relating to elections. (BDR 24-530)
AB337 Revises provisions relating to public employment. (BDR 23-1052)