Catherine Marie Cortez Masto, born 29 March 1964 and raised in Las Vegas. She has spent her career fighting for Nevada’s working families. She became the first woman from Nevada and the first Latina ever elected to the United States Senate. To help middle-class families recover from the housing crisis, Cortez Masto created the Mortgage Fraud Strike Force to investigate and prosecute lending scams. Read Catherine Marie Cortez Masto Biography and Profile.