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

AJR1 Proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to add and revise terms relating to persons with certain conditions for whose benefit certain public institutions are supported by the State. (BDR C-477)
AB90 Directs the Legislative Commission to appoint a committee to conduct an interim study concerning the impacts of projects of intercounty significance. (BDR S-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 Revises provisions relating to elections. (BDR 24-99)
AB177 Revises provisions relating to prescriptions. (BDR 54-61)
AB184 Temporarily creates the Office of Small Business Advocacy within the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. (BDR 18-213)
AB187 Designates the month of September of each year as “Ovarian and Prostate Cancer Prevention and Awareness Month” in Nevada. (BDR 19-917)
AB196 Requires courthouses to contain lactation rooms for use by members of the public under certain circumstances. (BDR 1-734)
SB200 Provides for the establishment of a retirement savings program for private sector employees. (BDR 31-219)
AB220 Establishes provisions relating to the use of mobile devices by peace officers. (BDR 23-924)
AB247 Revises provisions relating to the Western Regional Education Compact. (BDR 34-472)
SB318 Makes various changes relating to improving access to governmental services for persons with limited English proficiency. (BDR 40-955)
AB321 Revises provisions relating to elections. (BDR 24-927)
AB331 Makes various changes to provisions relating to affordable housing. (BDR 22-807)
AB362 Revises provisions relating to the Nevada Higher Education Prepaid Tuition Trust Fund. (BDR 31-980)
AB368 Revises provisions relating to tourism improvement districts. (BDR 22-17)
AB385 Revises provisions relating to compensation received by public officers and employees. (BDR 23-52)
SB420 Revises provisions relating to health insurance. (BDR 57-251)
AB449 Revises provisions governing economic development. (BDR 32-359)

Co-Sponsor

SCR3 Memorializes former state Senator Joseph M. Neal, Jr. (BDR R-901)
AJR7 Urges the Congress of the United States to pass the National Infrastructure Bank Act of 2020. (BDR R-765)
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)
AB138 Revises provisions governing the eligibility of certain convicted persons for public assistance. (BDR 38-760)
AB327 Requires certain mental health professionals to complete continuing education relating to cultural competency. (BDR 54-175)
AB371 Enacts provisions governing discrimination based on race. (BDR 34-697)