Senator Ruben J. Kihuen

Majority Whip
Party: Democratic

Legislative Service

  • Nevada Assembly, 2007-2009 (first elected November 2006)
  • Nevada Senate, 2011 (first elected November 2010) - Majority Whip, 2013-Present

Other Public Service

  • Board of Directors, Aid for AIDS of Nevada (AFAN)
  • Past Member, Clark County Community Development Advisory Committee
  • Past Member, North Las Vegas Citizens Advisory Committee
  • Past Member, Board of Directors, Volunteer Center of Southern Nevada
  • Former Regional Representative to United States Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid

Honors and Awards

  • Nevada Legislature Co-Freshman of the Year
  • Rising Star Award, Clark County Democratic Party
  • John F. Kennedy Award, Nevada State Democratic Party
  • Hispanic of the Year, Latin Chamber of Commerce
  • Outstanding Political Activist, City of Las Vegas
  • Nevada High School Soccer Player of the Year


  • National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials
  • National Council of Hispanic State Legislators
  • Latin Chamber of Commerce
  • Professionals and Youth Building A Committment (PAYBAC)


  • Rancho High School, Las Vegas
  • University of Nevada Las Vegas, B.S., Education
  • University of Oklahoma, Master's in Public Administration (in progress)


Recreation: Reading, traveling, motivating youth, soccer, weight lifting, excercising, movies
Born: 1980 - Guadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico

Primary Sponsor

SJR5 Urges Congress to pass the Marketplace Fairness Act. (BDR R-697)
SJR8 Proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to revise provisions relating to the State Legislature. (BDR C-626)
SJR15 Urges Congress to enact comprehensive immigration reform. (BDR R-1208)
AB69 Revises provisions governing the location of a crematory for human remains. (BDR 40-25)
SB110 Revises provisions relating to the Uniform Commercial Code. (BDR 8-873)
SB111 Requires production of certain evidence under certain circumstances. (BDR 3-771)
AB114 Revises provisions governing interactive gaming. (BDR 41-97)
SB117 Revises provisions governing the powers of the Department of Taxation. (BDR 32-536)
SB125 Revises provisions relating to rules and regulations of the Nevada Interscholastic Activities Association. (BDR 34-871)
AB127 Authorizes the Nevada Gaming Commission to adopt a seal identifying certain licensees of interactive gaming and prohibits the unauthorized use of such a seal. (BDR 41-99)
AB138 Revises provisions governing the partial abatement of certain taxes. (BDR 32-113)
SB139 Expands provisions governing criminal and civil liability for certain crimes to include crimes motivated by the victim's gender identity or expression. (BDR 15-703)
AB142 Revises provisions relating to the sealing and removal of certain records. (BDR 14-490)
SB159 Declares the Legislature's support for a land exchange near the Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area. (BDR S-552)
SB164 Revises provisions governing safe and respectful learning environments in public schools. (BDR 34-454)
SB169 Revises provisions governing criminal penalties. (BDR 15-495)
SB171 Provides for a program of matching grants to local governments for the maintenance and repair of public works. (BDR 43-621)
AB175 Revises provisions relating to uniformed-service and overseas voters. (BDR 24-635)
SB178 Authorizes the Nevada Silver Haired Legislative Forum to request the drafting of not more than one legislative measure for each regular session of the Legislature. (BDR 17-924)
SB203 Requires legislative lobbyists to file quarterly reports concerning lobbying activities under certain circumstances. (BDR 17-26)
SB205 Makes various changes concerning the collection of information relating to the treatment of trauma. (BDR 40-698)
SB206 Revises provisions relating to food establishments. (BDR 40-935)
SB208 Revises the definition of “police officer” primarily for purposes of certain provisions relating to occupational diseases. (BDR 53-875)
SB221 Makes certain changes relating to public safety. (BDR 14-943)
AB222 Requires certain school districts to adopt pilot programs for the establishment of reading skills development centers. (BDR S-482)
SB247 Revises provisions relating to domestic relations. (BDR 11-872)
SB259 Revises certain provisions relating to bailiffs and deputy marshals. (BDR 1-874)
SB268 Requires a provider of wireless telecommunications to provide call location information to a law enforcement agency in certain emergency situations. (BDR 58-623)
SB269 Revises provisions governing education. (BDR 34-892)
SB280 Revises provisions relating to common-interest communities. (BDR 10-863)
SB286 Provides immunity from civil action under certain circumstances. (BDR 3-675)
SB303 Provides for the issuance of driver authorization cards. (BDR 43-596)
SB329 Revises provisions governing the Account for Renewable Energy, Energy Efficiency and Energy Conservation Loans. (BDR 58-861)
AB374 Revises provisions relating to counties. (BDR 20-520)
SB382 Revises provisions governing safety standards for school buses. (BDR 34-868)
SB398 Makes an appropriation to the Nevada Alliance of Boys and Girls Clubs, Inc., for the AfterSchool KidzLit program. (BDR S-1053)
SB399 Revises provisions relating to special fuels. (BDR 51-1052)
SB409 Makes various changes relating to gaming. (BDR 41-1054)
SB410 Revises provisions governing hypodermic devices. (BDR 40-451)


SCR2 Commemorates the 20th anniversary of the donation of precious art from the Republic of China (Taiwan) to the people of the State of Nevada, reaffirms the sister-state relationship between the State of Nevada and the Republic of China (Taiwan) and celebrates the donation of additional artwork to the Nevada Legislature under the Nevada Senate's SENarts initiative. (BDR R-695)
SR4 Amends the Standing Rules of the Senate for the 77th Session of the Legislature. (BDR R-998)
ACR4 Honors Nevadans who have lost their lives in the Global War on Terrorism. (BDR R-246)
SR5 Inducts Sue Wagner into the Senate Hall of Fame. (BDR R-1204)
ACR5 Memorializes former Assemblyman John W. Marvel. (BDR R-1211)
SCR5 Commemorates the 150th anniversary of the State of Nevada. (BDR R-613)
ACR6 Expresses appreciation to the staff of the Legislative Counsel Bureau. (BDR R-1219)
SR6 Inducts Bernice Mathews into the Senate Hall of Fame. (BDR R-1203)
SCR6 Memorializes former State Senator William J. Raggio. (BDR R-622)
AJR6 Recognizes Nevada's partnership and friendship with, and expresses support for, the State of Israel. (BDR R-458)
SR7 Expresses appreciation to the staff of the Senate. (BDR R-1215)
SR8 Recognizes former State Senator Wilbur Faiss for his distinguished service to the State of Nevada and his exemplary life achievements. (BDR R-1216)
ACR8 Memorializes John J. McDonald. (BDR R-1231)
SJR9 Urges the Director of the Bureau of Land Management to expedite the process for approving special recreation permits for certain uses of federal public lands in Nevada. (BDR R-1008)
SCR10 Memorializes former University Regent Dorothy Gallagher. (BDR R-1238)
SJR13 Proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to require the recognition of all marriages, regardless of gender. (BDR C-88)
SB141 Revises provisions governing the dissemination of records of criminal history. (BDR 14-881)
SB142 Makes various changes to provisions governing local government contracting. (BDR 27-676)
SB143 Revises provisions governing certain examinations for driver's licenses. (BDR 43-696)
AB147 Requires the notification of patients regarding breast density. (BDR 40-172)
SB156 Requires certain policies of health insurance and health care plans to provide coverage for acupuncture treatments in certain circumstances. (BDR 57-602)
AB159 Establishes a diversion program for certain defendants. (BDR 14-669)
SB163 Requires certain schools in this State to provide pupils with instruction in civics. (BDR 34-667)
SB165 Provides for transferable tax credits to attract film and other productions to Nevada. (BDR 32-781)
SB174 Authorizes the Governor to require the naming of a state building, park, highway or other property after a deceased member of the Armed Forces of the United States under certain circumstances. (BDR 27-853)
SB182 Expands full-day kindergarten in public schools. (BDR 34-138)
SB183 Enacts provisions governing manufacturers of certain electronic devices. (BDR 40-556)
SB191 Increases the maximum speed at which a person may drive or operate a vehicle. (BDR 43-729)
SB192 Enacts the Nevada Preservation of Religious Freedom Act to prohibit governmental entities from substantially burdening the exercise of religion. (BDR 3-477)
SB202 Creates the Nevada Advisory Committee on Intergovernmental Relations as a statutory committee. (BDR 19-905)
SB204 Requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to establish a next-of-kin registry. (BDR 43-712)
AB227 Creates the Nevada Land Management Task Force to conduct a study addressing the transfer of certain public lands in this State. (BDR S-594)
AB234 Revises provisions relating to firearms. (BDR 15-915)
SB236 Revises provisions governing state agencies. (BDR 19-769)
SB240 Authorizes the reimbursement of teachers for certain out-of-pocket expenses. (BDR 34-651)
AB248 Creates a statutory subcommittee of the Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice (BDR 14-616)
SB261 Revises provisions relating to door-to-door solicitation. (BDR 52-829)
SB266 Revises provisions governing coverage for chemotherapy in a policy of health insurance or health care plan. (BDR 57-879)
AB281 Revises provisions relating to recordkeeping on public works projects. (BDR 28-1070)
SB299 Revises provisions governing falconry. (BDR 45-589)
SB308 Clarifying provisions governing certain tax exemptions for veterans. (BDR 32-644)
SB321 Enacts a “Homeowner's Bill of Rights.” (BDR 9-748)
SB338 Changes the term “mental retardation” to “intellectual disability” in NRS. (BDR 39-52)
SB344 Revises provisions relating to the education of certain children who are patients or residents of certain hospitals or facilities. (BDR 34-933)
SB345 Creates the Advisory Council on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. (BDR S-700)
SB363 Requires the Department of Health and Human Services to establish the Advisory Council on Diabetes Care, Prevention and Awareness. (BDR 40-90)
SB373 Makes various changes relating to judgments. (BDR 2-932)