Steven Horsford will be part of the incoming freshman class in the new congress. Before he heads off to Washington for orientation, he's getting ready for the big change and planning to make a big impact for Nevadans. News 3's Sandra Gonzalez joins us live with more. .the future freshman congressman will be make history too, as Nevada's first African American member of congress and he has plans.
LAS VEGAS (KSNV & MyNews3) -- Steven Horsford will be part of Congress’ incoming freshman class, but before he heads off to Washington for orientation, he’s getting ready for the big change, and he wants to make a big impact for Nevadans.
He’s also making history as Nevada’s first African American member of Congress, but he’s made history before as Nevada’s first Black Democratic State Senate leader. His newest title he both esteems and humbly accepts as he represents the newly formed District 4.
“But it's not about me, it's about the diversity of the district I have the honor of representing. It’s 25 percent Latino, 15 percent African American, 7 percent Asian; we have two tribal communities, 7 counties,” Horsford said.
On KSNV’s “The Agenda” Horsford firmly stated he intends to push for immigration reform in Congress.
“This is the civil rights issue of our time. This is the human rights issue of our time: immigration, the passage of the DREAM Act is the right thing to do, it's the right thing to do for people, it's the right thing to do for the economy, it's the right thing to move our country forward,” Horsford said.
Other weighing matters: getting Nevadans work, being a champion for the middle class; and working across party lines.
Meanwhile at the Doolittle Senior Center, people gather to play cards and talk about politics and anything under the sun. Frederick Brown is proud to see Horsford rise to Congress. He hopes this is just the beginning.
“Especially in the Senate, we have him in the Congress, we got the women elected this time which I thought was wonderful seeing the women there but a little more diversity is what I think we need,” Brown said.
And while Horsford prepares for the next chapter in his life, he says he will be thinking of the voters on inauguration day.
“…who talked to me about their struggles who are very afraid about falling further behind while the powerful and the rich seem to get their way. That’s who I will be thinking about every day. That’s who I am there to represent.
Orientation starts Tuesday, and Horsford looks forward to being inaugurated.