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  1. Passion helps you in protecting the community, and public service will follow it. That has been my career. It is the passion that drives me to do what I do every day.
  2. I want a president who is going to unite this country, who is going to fight for everyone, not just some people.
  3. You’ve got to get out and talk to voters, and you’ve got to let them know who you are. Talk with them, listen to them, and let them know how you’re going to fight for them.
  4. No doubt, my parents were hardworking, you know, middle class. My father, when my sister and I were younger, he was a parking attendant at the old Dunes Hotel and Casino. My mother was a bookkeeper in a title company.
  5. My grandfather was born in Mexico. And when he was a young man, he crossed the Rio Grande. After that, he served in our military and became a U.S. citizen. He ended up in Las Cruces, New Mexico, and that’s where my father was born. That was the beginning of my Mexican-American family, where they settled in Las Vegas in the early 1940s.
  6. I think the people that we hire in government should be just as diverse as the communities we represent.
  7. I’ve come to realize that, basically all my bosses and supervisors throughout my career have been male. And I’ve had great experiences, but it’s made me appreciate the importance of diversity and inclusion.
  8. I’ve always been a collaborator. For me, it’s, ‘What’s the issue I’m trying to solve? Who are the people we need to bring around the table to solve it?’
  9. I say this to women all the time: If you’ve got the passion, you believe in making change, and you’ve got an issue or policy or something that you want to do, believe in it. Have confidence in yourself. You can do it.
  10. When women apply for a job, we ask ourselves, ‘Am I qualified? Do I have the experience? Do I have the education? Do I have the abilities?’ When a man looks at that job, he thinks, ‘How much does it pay?’ We need to stop second-guessing our abilities. We need to stand up and make ourselves heard.
  11. I know that when my grandfather crossed the Rio Grande, somebody was there to support him and to fight for him. I know when my dad was discriminated against because he was a Hispanic, somebody opened doors for him, and that’s why he opened doors for others. That’s what we do as Americans.
  12. We need commonsense measures, gun control measures, that save lives. I think that it is important that we keep the firearms out of the hands of the mentally ill and criminals and terrorists. And I also think, by strengthening our background check system and expanding mental health treatment, we can do that as well.
  13. I’m going to be an advocate to ensure that we are protecting everyone, and we’re tearing down barriers and not building barriers.
  14. As Christians, we are responsible for our fellow brothers and sisters suffering and fighting for the basic resources we all need to survive. To deny this is to turn a deaf ear to God’s teachings.
  15. I loved thinking about how the law could be used to help others, how to interpret it that way. I think that probably comes from growing up in a family where my parents were actively involved in the community.
  16. If we are going to deport Dreamers, and if we are going to deport undocumented individuals, our economy is going to take a big hit. That is why businesses across the country and in Nevada support immigration reform, support Dreamers, and support passing immigration reform to keep undocumented individuals in our state.
  17. I’ve always been working on domestic violence prevention. I’ve always been fighting for people that are either downtrodden or the most vulnerable, and juvenile justice issues.
  18. My Catholic faith guides me and imbues the principles I hold in protecting and preserving God’s creation. As a U.S. senator, I strive to bring this faith to my work and allow these principles to guide me as I consider the best way to influence public policy and create laws with my colleagues.
  19. Congressman Heck says Donald Trump is the candidate he trusts on national security and changing our economy. Well, I don’t know about you, but I don’t want Donald Trump anywhere near our nuclear launch codes.
  20. I think exercise is so important. Yes, as women we are multi-taskers, but we have to take care of our bodies.



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