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Shelley Berkley (D-Nev., U.S. Senate)

Shelley Berkley

Shelley Berkley

NOW/PAC is pleased to announce its endorsement of Representative Shelley Berkley (D), who is running for the U.S. Senate from the state of Nevada. She is running in a tight race against staunch conservative Rep. Dean Heller (R), who was appointed to replace John Ensign in April 2011.

Berkley has represented Nevada's 1st Congressional District in the U.S. House for seven terms. First elected in 1998 with NOW/PAC's endorsement, Berkley became the first woman to serve from that district.

A champion for choice, Berkley has repeatedly voted in favor of reproductive rights and against restrictions on abortion. Economic equality for women is also an important issue for Berkley; she has voted for equal pay and has consistently voted to protect workplace fairness. Berkley opposes cuts to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid and is especially concerned with lowering the debt without harming women, the elderly and low-income workers.

Berkley has co-sponsored a reintroduction of the ERA, and she has also supported legislation to end violence against women, such as VAWA. She is an outspoken proponent of equal marriage and a co-sponsor of the Respect for Marriage Act (2009 and 2010), and she voted to repeal DADT. Additionally, Berkley has been rated "pro-affirmative action" by the NAACP.

Berkley has earned the title of "hardest-working woman in politics" for her work on issues that matter to Nevadans. She has worked tirelessly to create thousands of jobs across the state by securing funding to build a clean energy infrastructure that will create thousands of jobs in future years. She's also been an outspoken voice in calling for the end of the dangerous Yucca Mountain waste repository.

NOW/PAC is honored to support Shelley Berkley in her run for the U.S. Senate in 2012.

To learn more about Berkley, visit her campaign website.

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