Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson

Majority Floor Leader
Party: Democratic

Legislative Service

  • Nevada Assembly, 2011-2021 (first elected November 2010)—six regular and six special sessions
  • Majority Floor Leader, 2017-2019—two regular sessions
  • 2021 SESSION COMMITTEES: Health and Human Services; Revenue (Vice Chair); Ways and Means
  • 2019 SESSION COMMITTEES: Ways and Means Subcommittee on Audit (Chair); Ways and Means (Vice Chair); Taxation
  • 2017 SESSION COMMITTEES: Health and Human Services; Taxation; Ways and Means
  • 2015 SESSION COMMITTEES: Health and Human Services; Taxation; Ways and Means
  • 2013 SESSION COMMITTEES: Government Affairs (Chair); Health and Human Services; Taxation
  • 2011 SESSION COMMITTEES: Government Affairs; Health and Human Services; Taxation; Transportation
  • 2019-2020 INTERIM COMMITTEES: Legislative Commission's Audit Subcommittee (Vice Chair); Committee to Conduct an Interim Study of the Requirements for Reapportionment and Redistricting in the State of Nevada; Committee to Consult with the Director; Information Technology Advisory Board; Interim Finance Committee; Legislative Commission; Legislative Commission's Subcommittee to Review Regulations; Private Activity Bond Council
  • 2017-2018 INTERIM COMMITTEES: Interim Finance Committee; Legislative Commission (Vice Chair); Legislative Commission's Audit Subcommittee; Committee to Consult with the Director; Legislative Committee on Education; Interim Committee on Cognitive Needs of Older Persons in Nevada (Vice Chair); Advisory Council on Parental Involvement and Family Engagement
  • 2015-2016 INTERIM COMMITTEES: Interim Finance Committee; Legislative Commission; Legislative Committee on Health Care
  • 2013-2014 INTERIM COMMITTEES: Legislative Committee on Senior Citizens, Veterans and Adults with Special Needs (Chair); Legislative Commission's Subcommittee to Review Regulations; Legislative Committee on Health Care
  • 2011-2012 INTERIM COMMITTEES: Legislative Commission’s Subcommittee to Review Regulations; Legislative Committee for the Review and Oversight of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the Marlette Lake Water Sysem; Legislative Committee on Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice; Legislative Committee on Senior Citizens, Veterans, and Adults with Special Needs; Legislative Committee to Oversee the Western Regional Water Commission

Other Public Service

  • Corporation for Public Benefit for Nevada Youth Legislature (NRS 385.581), Board of Directors, Member

Honors and Awards

  • Virginia Demler Honor Roll, 2013 Honoree
  • Reno Gazette-Journal, Twenty Under 40 Award, 2010
  • Nevada Hispanic Services, Adelante Award, 2009
  • National Center for Law and Economic Justice, honored for achievements in the area of economic justice, 2006
  • Miss Nevada (Third Runner-Up to Miss America), 2002
  • Nevada Forensic Association, First Place, Standard Debate,1995

Affiliations

  • CitiCare, Advisory Board Member
  • Northern Nevada RAVE Family Foundation, Board Member, 2005-2008
  • Alliance of Latinas in Teen Action and Solidarity, teen mentor
  • Women Work!, Board Member, 2007-2008
  • Our Savior Lutheran Church, Member

Education

  • McQueen High School, Reno
  • University of Nevada, Reno, B.A.
  • University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, M.S.W.

Personal

Occupation: Licensed Social Worker
Recreation: Family, volunteer activities, baking
Born: 1978, Ventura, California
Spouse: Jeff Thompson
Children: Lillian, Eli, Sandra, Truckee

Primary Sponsor

AB90 Requires counties to pay impact fees to certain local governments for projects of intercounty significance. (BDR 22-883)
AB91 Revises provisions relating to the State Board of Nursing. (BDR 54-60)
AB111 Revises provisions relating to the Peace Officers' Standards and Training Commission. (BDR 23-106)
AB126 Provides for presidential preference primary election. (BDR 24-99)
AB177 Revises provisions relating to prescriptions. (BDR 54-61)

Co-Sponsor

SCR3 Memorializes former state Senator Joseph M. Neal, Jr. (BDR R-901)
AB116 Revises provisions relating to traffic offenses. (BDR 43-491)
SB117 Revises provisions relating to economic development. (BDR 18-600)
AB119 Revises provisions relating to the Maternal Mortality Review Committee. (BDR 40-740)
AB124 Revises provisions relating to employment. (BDR 53-169)
SB124 Revises provisions governing the eligibility of certain convicted persons for public assistance. (BDR 38-656)