A fierce champion for Nevada children and families
Rep. Susie Lee is a nonprofit leader and education advocate who has dedicated her career to helping her fellow Nevadans lead better, safer, and healthier lives. She ran for reelection to Congress to continue her life’s work of bringing people together to find and implement innovative solutions to the toughest problems facing Nevada’s working families. Rep. Lee grew up the sixth of eight children in a working-class community. She got her first newspaper route at the age of eight, and began babysitting and lifeguarding as soon as she was old enough. With the help of Pell Grants, student loans, and scholarships, she paid her way through college; working in the cafeteria, the library, the copy room, and teaching aerobics while also competing on the swim team. She found mentors who gave her the affirmation and encouragement she needed to succeed as a young woman. This experience inspired her work as a nonprofit leader and education advocate, working tirelessly to ensure that Nevada’s most vulnerable children can turn to their school communities for support when they don’t have resources at home. Rep. Lee led Communities in Schools of Nevada, serving as president of its board. Recognizing that many Nevada families struggle with housing insecurity, food insecurity, and other challenges, she helped launch a site coordinator program to give the most vulnerable students a dedicated advocate ensuring their needs are met inside and outside of school. Rep. Lee has proudly called southern Nevada home for over two decades.
An experienced community leader and problem solver
Rep. Lee is focused on making a tangible positive impact on the lives of southern Nevada’s working families, and she worked tirelessly to help pass the American Rescue Plan. Well before the COVID-19 pandemic, health care has long been a deeply personal issue for Rep. Lee. When she was a freshman in college, her father was laid off from his steel manufacturing job and never had another shot at economic security. Her parents couldn’t afford health insurance because of common preexisting conditions, and when her mother had a heart attack one month before reaching Medicare eligibility, the hospital bill was so large they risked losing their house. Rep. Lee understands that access to quality health care is a right, not a privilege, and she will continue to be a powerful advocate for all southern Nevadans.
Victory in a must-win reelection fight
Rep. Lee successfully fought to keep this swing seat blue when EMILY’s List Sen. Jacky Rosen vacated it in 2018, and she successfully defended it in 2020 and again in 2022. With so much of our progress at stake, we showed Susie the full support of the EMILY’s List community and helped keep this champion for Nevada working families in the House.