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Nevada State Sen. Yvanna Cancela joining Biden administration

Posted at 11:59 AM, Jan 11, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-20 11:00:57-05

LAS VEGAS (KTNV) — Nevada State Sen. Yvanna Cancela will be joining the Biden administration, according to a press release from Gov. Sisolak's office.

She will be working at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Sisolak's office sent the following statement:

“While I am incredibly sad to see her leave Nevada, I am confident the Battle Born State will always remain close to Senator Cancela’s heart. I am so proud of Yvanna’s accomplishments thus far in her career and I am eager to follow her journey forward to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where so many people will be able to benefit from her relentless dedication to public service and equity.

Yvanna has always been a strong advocate for workers and for improving healthcare systems to serve those in need – including work to increase drug cost transparency. All of Nevada’s communities, including our immigrant communities, are stronger because of Yvanna’s steadfast commitment to breaking barriers and elevating voices that can often go unheard.”

There is no doubt that Nevada will benefit from having a leader who understands the challenges states face as we navigate this pandemic and continue working toward expanding access to healthcare. On behalf of the State of Nevada, we thank Senator Cancela for her service and look forward to working with her to navigate these great challenges.”

The Governor’s Office will process and submit a declaration of vacancy to the Clark County Commission which will appoint a successor to Senate District 10, per statute.

Cancela has represented the 10th District since 2017.

Cancela made history in 2016 as the first Latina to be elected to that position. Cancela is part of Nevada's COVID-19 Task Force, led by former MGM Resorts CEO Jim Murren.

She served as a senior adviser to Biden's campaign in Nevada during the election and is a member of his inauguration committee.

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