Senator Yvanna D. Cancela

Co-Majority Whip
Party: Democratic

Legislative Service

  • Co-Majority Whip, March 2019
  • Nevada Senate, 2016-Present (first elected November 2018)
  • Nevada Senate, Appointed (December 6, 2016)

Honors and Awards

  • White House Champion of Change, 2013
  • ACLU Civil Libertarian of the Year, 2014


  • Culinary Workers Union Local 226, 2010 - Present
  • AFL-CIO, 2012 - Present
  • Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada, 2012 - Present
  • Las Vegas Urban Debate League, 2013 - Present
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Nevada, 2013 - Present


  • Northwestern University, B.A., Communication Studies


Occupation: Executive Director, Immigrant Workers Citizenship Project
Born: 1987 - Phoenix, AZ

Primary Sponsor

SB119 Requires certain health and safety training for workers and supervisors performing certain work at sites where exhibitions, conventions or trade shows occur. (BDR 53-570)
SB143 Repeals, revises and reenacts provisions relating to background checks for certain sales or transfers of firearms. (BDR 15-755)
SB151 Revises provisions related to certain proceedings concerning property. (BDR 3-516)
SB154 Requires the adoption of regulations authorizing certain renewable natural gas activities. (BDR 58-108)
SB155 Revises provisions regarding the possession and use of personal identifying information and fictitious personal identifying information. (BDR 15-917)
SB165 Makes various changes to provisions governing prescribing, dispensing and administering controlled substances designed to end the life of a patient. (BDR 40-292)
AB170 Revises provisions relating to health insurance coverage. (BDR 57-278)
SB173 Revises provisions relating to criminal convictions of victims of sex trafficking and involuntary servitude. (BDR 14-595)
AB174 Establishes the Nevada Interagency Advisory Council on Homelessness to Housing. (BDR 18-94)
SB175 Revises provisions relating to public works. (BDR 28-618)
SB177 Revises provisions relating to employment practices. (BDR 53-723)
SB178 Creates the Council on Food Security and the Food for People, Not Landfills Program. (BDR 18-57)
SB179 Revises provisions relating to abortions. (BDR 40-567)
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)
SB201 Revises provisions governing loans. (BDR 52-568)
SB220 Revises provisions relating to Internet privacy. (BDR 52-920)
SB238 Revises provisions relating to marijuana. (BDR 32-133)
SB254 Revises provisions relating to carbon reduction. (BDR 40-907)
SB256 Revises various provisions relating to landlords and tenants. (BDR 10-569)
AB259* Revises provisions relating to certain criminal convictions and sentences. (BDR 14-657)
SB261 Revises provisions relating to firearms. (BDR 15-21)
SB262 Makes various changes to provide for tracking and reporting of information concerning the pricing of prescription drugs for treating asthma. (BDR 40-55)
AB275 Makes various changes relating to professional and occupational licensing. (BDR 54-676)
SB276 Directs the Legislative Commission to appoint a committee to conduct an interim study concerning the costs of prescription drugs. (BDR 57-599)
SB283 Revises provisions relating to prescription drugs. (BDR 38-114)
SB292 Requires certain payments to be provided to certain persons with whom a child is placed by a court. (BDR 38-54)
SB294 Revises provisions governing privileges. (BDR 4-572)
AB295 Revising provisions governing sexuality education in public schools. (BDR 34-811)
SB303 Makes an appropriation for incentives for teachers who have received a national board certification and are employed to teach at certain Title I schools. (BDR S-1070)
SB304 Revises provisions relating to corporations. (BDR 7-573)
SB306 Revises provisions relating to the enforcement of provisions relating to compensation, wages and hours of employees. (BDR 53-1019)
AB326 Provides for tax credits for certain business entities that invest in certain fresh food retailers located in underserved communities and similar areas. (BDR 18-318)
SB370 Revises the State Plan for Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program. (BDR 38-966)
SB378 Revises provisions relating to prescription drugs. (BDR 18-574)
AB382* Establishes provisions governing payment for the provision of emergency services and care to patients. (BDR 40-570)
SB406 Revises provisions relating to certain businesses. (BDR 53-1016)
SB547 Revises provisions relating to providers of new electric resources. (BDR 58-913)


AJR2* Proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to require the recognition of all marriages regardless of gender. (BDR C-690)
SJR3* Proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to provide certain rights to voters. (BDR C-55)
ACR3 Memorializes former Assemblyman Bob Price. (BDR R-971)
SJR5 Proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to revise provisions relating to the State Legislature. (BDR C-58)
SR5 Inducts Valerie Wiener into the Senate Hall of Fame. (BDR R-1262)
SR6 Inducts Barbara Katherine Cegavske into the Senate Hall of Fame. (BDR R-1261)
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)
SJR8 Proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to guarantee equal rights. (BDR C-1278)
ACR9 Celebrates the Life of Assemblyman Odis “Tyrone” Thompson. (BDR R-1291)
SB115 Requires the State Plan for Medicaid to include coverage for donor breast milk and certain related products. (BDR 38-560)
AB142 Eliminates the statute of limitations for the prosecution of sexual assault in certain circumstances. (BDR 14-175)
AB152 Revises provisions relating to cultural resources and certain grave sites. (BDR 33-868)
SB158 Revises the definition of the term “supervisory employee” for purposes of provisions relating to collective bargaining. (BDR 23-789)
SB159 Requires each public school and private school to adopt a policy concerning safe exposure to the sun. (BDR 34-583)
AB159 Establishes the Governor's Advisory Council on Food Security within the Department of Health and Human Services. (BDR 18-830)
SB160 Requires the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada to adopt certain regulations concerning natural gas infrastructure. (BDR 58-909)
SB166 Revises provisions relating to employment. (BDR 18-5)
SB167 Revises provisions relating to public utilities. (BDR 58-911)
SB168 Revises provisions relating to energy efficiency standards for buildings. (BDR 58-912)
AB169 Establishes the Maternal Mortality Review Committee. (BDR 40-712)
AB182 Designates neon as the official state element of the State of Nevada. (BDR 19-670)
SB193 Makes an appropriation for educational programs relating to history, law and civics. (BDR S-368)
SB202 Revises provisions relating to children with disabilities. (BDR 34-685)
SB205 Requires the Office of Grant Procurement, Coordination and Management of the Department of Administration to create a pilot program to award grants of money to certain governmental and nonprofit organizations. (BDR S-807)
SB206 Revises provisions relating to state financial administration. (BDR 31-806)
AB206* Revises provisions relating to renewable energy and the renewable portfolio standard. (BDR 58-746)
SB207 Revises provisions governing apprentices. (BDR 28-740)
SB210 Revises provisions relating to energy. (BDR 58-307)
SB215 Revises provisions relating to occupational diseases. (BDR 53-317)
SB223 Revises provisions relating to persons in need of care or assistance. (BDR 13-67)
SB231 Revises provisions relating to certain construction. (BDR 28-910)
SB245 Revises provisions relating to civil actions. (BDR 3-965)
SB255 Revises provisions relating to education. (BDR 34-790)
SB265 Revises provisions relating to certain information and records concerning public safety. (BDR 14-1042)
SB284 Creates the Advisory Task Force on HIV Exposure Modernization. (BDR S-742)
SB286 Revises provisions relating to aggregated sentences and eligibility for parole. (BDR 14-293)
SB287 Revises provisions governing public records. (BDR 19-648)
AB303* Requires that core correctional services be provided only by the State or a local government with certain exceptions. (BDR 16-1103)
SB312 Requires an employer in private employment to provide paid leave to employees under certain circumstances. (BDR 53-888)
SB313 Revises provisions relating to computer literacy and computer science education. (BDR 34-731)
SB314 Revises provisions relating to education. (BDR 34-730)
SB315 Revises provisions relating to public health. (BDR 40-581)
AB316 Revises provisions relating to driving under the influence of alcohol or a prohibited substance. (BDR 43-312)
SB319 Revises provisions relating to education. (BDR 34-1063)
SB320 Makes various changes concerning the placement of pupils in certain more rigorous courses. (BDR 34-681)
SB324 Revises provisions relating to education. (BDR 34-683)
AB338 Revises requirements for the operation of a motor vehicle by a young driver. (BDR 43-600)
SB340 Revises provisions relating to public works. (BDR 28-808)
SB361 Provides for the dispensing of self-administered hormonal contraceptives to any patient. (BDR 54-921)
AB363 Revises certain provisions relating to homeless youth. (BDR 43-1033)
SB371 Revises provisions relating to maintenance of manufactured home parks and repairs of manufactured homes. (BDR 10-303)
SB386 Revises provisions governing certain tax exemptions for veterans. (BDR 32-737)
AB403 Revises provisions relating to certain traffic offenses. (BDR 43-42)
SB408 Revises provisions relating to public safety. (BDR 43-805)
AB499 Provides for a special license plate of limited duration commemorating the 100th anniversary of women's suffrage. (BDR 43-1265)
SB557 Revises provisions relating to campaign practices. (BDR 24-1272)