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WATCH: Nevada State Senator Yvanna Cancela delivers part of the keynote address at 2020 Democratic National Convention

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LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Nevada’s Yvanna Cancela made an appearance on the biggest platform of her political life Tuesday night.

The first Latina to serve in the Nevada State Senate delivered part of the keynote address, joining with others “to highlight the importance of state legislative races, in-state leadership, and building a strong bench for the future of the Democratic Party,” according to a statement from the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee.

Earlier that day, Cancela tweeted about the big moment that was about to happen. So, was she nervous?

Maybe a little, her Tweet suggests. But she’s got a political resume fitting for a rising star in the Democratic Party.

“With redistricting on the horizon, state legislative elections this year are more important than ever,” the DLCC said.

Cancela represents District 10, which includes the Las Vegas Strip and McCarran International Airport, as well as a portion of East Las Vegas.

In her statement at the DNC Tuesday night she said, “Unlike Donald Trump, Joe Biden will actually enforce by American rules, investing in American made clean energy, building materials, high-tech equipment and RND — all creating more good jobs.”

Cancela served as the political director for the Culinary Workers Union for six years, and she now serves as executive director of the Immigrant Workers Citizenship Project.

In 2017, Cancela was chosen to succeed Ruben Kihuen in the Nevada Senate when Kihuen was elected to the US House of Representatives.

“Democrats flipped the Nevada Senate from red to blue in 2016, and that majority has only expanded thanks to the hard work Democrats have put in for their constituents,” the DLCC said. “In 2017, the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee helped to beat back absurd Republican recall efforts and maintain control of the Senate.”

The DLCC describes itself as “the official Democratic organization dedicated to winning state legislative seats.”

Earlier this year, the DLCC unveiled its unprecedented $50 million campaign to “Flip Everything” this November. Since Trump’s election, the DLCC and state partners have flipped over 450 seats and 10 chambers from red to blue.

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