Nevada’s state legislature is celebrating a milestone.
Women make up just over 50 percent of the members — making it the first woman-majority state legislature in U.S. history.
The new majority is looking to find common ground and transcend party lines.
For the first time, the 2019 legislature met for Democratic Governor Steve Sisolak’s State of the State speech. And the fact that for the first time there is a woman majority was not lost on him.
“Tonight, we are joined by the newly-elected and appointed women who took the leap this past year and together, made history. Would you all please stand? Let’s give them a round of applause,” said Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak.
Assistant Majority Leader Danielle Monroe Moreno — the first African-American woman to serve in an assembly leadership role — says each and every one of the 32 female legislators are ready to be trail blazers.
“And it’s important to have us at the table because we bring a different dynamic to the conversation to move our state foward,” said Assemblywoman Danielle Monroe Moreno (D) Clark County. “There’s a cliche saying that ‘when women do better, families do better and when families do better, our state does better.'”
“I was very honored and humbled to be here, to sit in that chamber,” said Assemblywoman Melissa Hardy (R) Clark County. “It’s awe-inspring and almost surreal.”
Politically, freshman Assemblywoman Hardy may be in the minority but she says there is common ground among the female majority on issues like education.
“Education is the key to opening doors for opportunities for our kids for their futures, so I think that as women, we can provide good conversations and good experience in that area,” she said.
“No pressure, but definitely a responsibility, we have a responsibility not only to the citizens of Nevada, but the people of our country,” Assemblywoman Monroe Moreno said.
The 80th legislature officially kicks off two weeks from today in Carson City.
Politics Now hosts Patrick Walker and Steve Sebelius will be there to bring deliver full coverage as lawmakers get to work starting Feb. 4.