Since first being elected to the Nevada State Senate in 2004, Steven Horsford has made clean energy jobs a priority. He authored and passed the Clean Energy Jobs Initiative to fund training and jobs for Nevadans in renewable energy and energy efficiency in the hopes that it would help Nevada become the nation’s leader in renewable energy technology. Horsford strongly believes that Nevada should be a leader in solar energy and that renewable energy jobs are critical to diversifying the state economy. He also authored a bill to improve Nevada’s renewable energy standard. He was selected to be Nevada's first African-American state senate Majority Leader in 2008.
Horsford’s opponent in the general election was Danny Tarkanian, a businessman and outspoken advocate for gutting environmental regulations. Tarkanian was a major proponent of unrestricted offshore drilling, arguing that both Alaska and the Outer Continental Shelf should be opened up for oil exploration.
Horsford joins the U.S House as the Representative for the newly created 4th District of Nevada.
In his own words:
"Nevada can be the Saudi Arabia of solar power. Nevada can be the Silicon Valley of energy technology. We can have the green jobs that come with leading-edge clean energy industries, if we just make the investments to bring them in."
Source: LCV 2011-2012 Congressional Questionnaire