Erin Bilbray

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Erin Bilbray
Born Erin Kathleen Bilbray
Template:Birth year and age
Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Residence Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Occupation Nonprofit consultant
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Noah Kohn
Children 2
Official website

Erin Kathleen Bilbray (born 1969), also known as Erin Bilbray-Kohn is an American nonprofit consultant and politician. She is a Democrat.


Bilbray is a Democratic National Committeewoman.[1] In 2006, she founded Emerge Nevada, a group that trains women to run for public office. In this role, Bilbray worked as political director for Nevada Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto, among other candidates.[2] Bilbray has also helped to found Southern Nevada Prom Closet, which provides prom dresses to teenagers who can't afford them. She was a co-founder of the Children's Free Clinic of Southern Nevada.[3] She has also worked with the American Diabetes Foundation and the Agassi Foundation.[4][5]

2014 U.S. House race

After being recruited by the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC),[6] Bilbray declared her candidacy on July 1, 2013. Nevada's 3rd congressional district is currently represented by Republican Joe Heck.[4] On August 6, 2013, she was endorsed by EMILY's List,[7] and the following month the DCCC announced that Bilbray was one of its Jumpstart candidates.[8] In November 2013 she was endorsed by Frank Kassela, a professional poker player, after he dropped out of a short-lived run for the office.[9] At the end of May 2014, it was reported that Heck had raised $1.37 million for his campaign compared to Bilbray's $387,376.[10]

On June 10, 2014, Bilbray won the Democratic nomination in the district primary. Her race against Heck is expected to be one of the most watched in the country.[11][12] Nevada's 3rd is considered one of the last swing districts in the U.S. House,[13] and if Bilbray wins it could flip control of that chamber to the Democrats.[14]

Personal life

Bilbray is the daughter of former Congressman James Bilbray, who represented Nevada from 1987 to 1995.[4] She is also related to former California Republican Congressman Brian Bilbray.[15]

Bilbray attended George Mason University. She is married to pediatrician Noah Kohn. They have two daughters.[5]

See also


  1. Ralston, Jon (9 January 2013). "Democratic national committeewoman exploring run against Rep. Joe Heck". Ralston Reports. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  2. Myers, Laura (14 January 2013). "Political Eye: Players already lining up for Nevada's next election". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  3. Doughman, Andrew (1 July 2013). "Democrat Bilbray-Kohn announces candidacy against Heck". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Tetreault, Steve (2 July 2013). "Erin Bilbray-Kohn announces run for Congress". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Bilbray, Erin (2014). "Erin Bilbray for Congress: About Me". Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  6. Toeplitz, Shira (22 January 2013). "DCCC Uses Inauguration to Tout Potential House Recruits". Roll Call (CQ-Roll Call). Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  7. Urban, Peter (6 August 2013). "Bilbray gains EMILY's List endorsement for Congress". Las Vegas Review-Journal (Stephens Media). 
  8. Livingston, Abby (9 September 2013). "New Batch of Democratic Recruits Named to DCCC's Jumpstart Program". Roll Call (CQ-Roll Call). Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  9. Doughman, Andrew (25 November 2013). "Poker player Frank Kassela drops bid for Congress". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  10. Tetreault, Steve (30 May 2014). "Heck holds $1 million over Bilbray in Nevada CD3 race". Las Vegas Review-Journal (Stephens Media). 
  11. "Titus, Bilbray, Horsford sail to Dem House wins". Las Vegas Sun. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  12. "Erin Bilbray wins 3rd District Democratic primary". The Washington Times. Associated Press. 10 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  13. Phillips, Amber (26 June 2013). "In a rare swing district, Republican Rep. Joe Heck faces test from Democrat Erin Bilbray". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  14. Demirjian, Karoun (16 June 2013). "Rep. Heck’s House seat among those poised for a fight in ‘14". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  15. Potter, Matt (10 October 2013). "A Bilbray, not Brian, runs for Congress". San Diego Reader. 

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