Erin Bilbray

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

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

Career

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

References

  1. Ralston, Jon (9 January 2013). "Democratic national committeewoman exploring run against Rep. Joe Heck". Ralston Reports. http://www.ralstonreports.com/blog/democratic-national-committeewoman-exploring-run-against-rep-joe-heck#.UgOmqdWnapg. 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. http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/elections/political-eye-players-already-lining-nevadas-next-election. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  3. Doughman, Andrew (1 July 2013). "Democrat Bilbray-Kohn announces candidacy against Heck". Las Vegas Sun. http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/jul/01/democrat-bilbray-kohn-announces-candidacy-against-/. 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. http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/politics/erin-bilbray-kohn-announces-run-congress. Retrieved 8 August 2013. 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Bilbray, Erin (2014). "Erin Bilbray for Congress: About Me". http://www.erinbilbray.com/about/. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  6. Toeplitz, Shira (22 January 2013). "DCCC Uses Inauguration to Tout Potential House Recruits". Roll Call (CQ-Roll Call). http://atr.rollcall.com/dccc-uses-inauguration-to-tout-potential-house-recruits/. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  7. Urban, Peter (6 August 2013). "Bilbray gains EMILY's List endorsement for Congress". Las Vegas Review-Journal (Stephens Media). http://www.reviewjournal.com/news/elections/bilbray-gains-emilys-list-endorsement-congress. 
  8. Livingston, Abby (9 September 2013). "New Batch of Democratic Recruits Named to DCCC's Jumpstart Program". Roll Call (CQ-Roll Call). http://www.rollcall.com/news/new_batch_of_democratic_recruits_named_to_dcccs_jumpstart_program-227426-1.html. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  9. Doughman, Andrew (25 November 2013). "Poker player Frank Kassela drops bid for Congress". Las Vegas Sun. http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/nov/25/poker-player-frank-kassela-drops-bid-congress/. 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). http://www.reviewjournal.com/politics/elections/heck-holds-1-million-over-bilbray-nevada-cd3-race. 
  11. "Titus, Bilbray, Horsford sail to Dem House wins". Las Vegas Sun. 10 June 2014. http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2014/jun/11/titus-bilbray-horsford-sail-to-dem-house-wins/. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  12. "Erin Bilbray wins 3rd District Democratic primary". The Washington Times. Associated Press. 10 June 2014. http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jun/10/erin-bilbray-wins-3rd-district-democratic-primary/. 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. http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2014/jun/26/rare-swing-district-republican-rep-joe-heck-faces-/. 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. http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2013/jun/16/rep-hecks-house-seat-among-those-poised-fight-14/. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 
  15. Potter, Matt (10 October 2013). "A Bilbray, not Brian, runs for Congress". San Diego Reader. http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs/news-ticker/2013/oct/10/a-bilbray-not-brian-runs-for-congress/#. 

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