State Sen. Yvanna Cancela, an early endorser of President-elect Joe Biden, announced she is stepping down as a legislator to join the incoming administration.
First reported by The Nevada Independent, Cancela is joining the Department of Health and Human Services.
“I did not make this decision lightly, especially considering the upcoming 2021 legislative session and the important work ahead. However, I could not turn down the opportunity to continue serving the Silver State and our great nation,” Cancela wrote in her resignation letter.
Cancela was appointed in 2016 to fill the District 10 seat after former U.S. Rep. Ruben Kihuen won his election. She was elected to the seat in 2018.
In a statement, Gov. Steve Sisolak touted Cancela’s legislation improving health care and drug pricing transparency as well as her work on behalf of immigrant communities.
“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,” Sisolak said. “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.”
Cancela was slated to chair the Natural Resources committee and vice chair the Labor and Commerce committee in the upcoming session.
The Clark County Commission will appoint a successor to Senate District 10.