As dynamic as the community she serves, Congresswoman Shelley Berkley has represented the families of Nevada’s First Congressional District since 1999 and is currently in her seventh term as a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives.
A Las Vegas resident for more than four decades, Representative Berkley has a deep sense of commitment to her community and has never forgotten that when her family headed West in search of a better life, they found it in southern Nevada.
After completing junior high and high school in Las Vegas, Rep. Berkley became the first member of her family to attend college when she enrolled as an undergraduate at the University of Nevada – Las Vegas (UNLV). Elected student body president her senior year, Rep. Berkley graduated with honors in 1972, earning a B.A. in Political Science. After obtaining her law degree in 1976 from the University of San Diego School of Law, she returned to Las Vegas and began her professional career.
Working to meet the needs of the rapidly growing Las Vegas Valley is a key focus of Rep. Berkley’s work in Congress. Her priorities include jump-starting the economy; creating jobs; helping families stay in their homes; securing more resources for education and transportation in southern Nevada; increasing access to affordable, high-quality health care for America’s families; developing clean, alternative energy sources; fighting the proposed Yucca Mountain nuclear waste dump; protecting Social Security; and strengthening American alliances abroad to work toward international stability and peace.
“I don’t think there is an organization that I’ve worked with that has had more impact on underage drinking than The Century Council,” says the Congresswoman. “It has been resolute in bringing programs to at least my congressional district and I suspect across The United States.” We invite you to learn more about the work that Shelley Berkley has done.