Democratic Rep. Steven Horsford endorsed Joe Biden for president Friday.
“I’ll be supporting Joe Biden for President. He is ready to do the job of president on day one. And Joe knows Nevada,” Horsford said in an announcement.
Horsford is the second Democrat in Nevada’s congressional delegation to endorse Biden. Rep. Dina Titus endorsed the former vice president in November, when she became the first member of Congress from one of the early states in the nominating process to endorse a candidate.
The other Democrats in Nevada’s congressional delegation, Rep. Susie Lee and Sens. Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen, have not endorsed a candidate.
In his statement Friday, Horsford reiterated the argument, frequently made by Nevada Democrats, that Nevada is more representative of the nation than Iowa or New Hampshire.
“While there’s so much attention on Iowa and New Hampshire as the first two early presidential states, Nevada best reflects the face of America, who we are today and who we will continue to be in the years to come,” Horsford said.
“No matter who you support, we all want the same thing, to restore our democracy and defeat Donald Trump in November,” Horsford said.
In an interview with the Current in January, Horsford said he was uncertain about endorsing prior to the caucus. He said if he did endorse it would be a reflection of what people in his district want.
Horsford is a former CEO of the Culinary Academy. The academy is the Culinary union’s center for training people for resort industry jobs.
Biden has been endorsed by another former Culinary official, former political director Yvanna Cancela, now a Democratic state senator. Cancela endorsed Biden last April 2019 shortly after Biden announced his candidacy.
After months of candidates wooing the Culinary, the union announced Thursday it would not be endorsing a candidate.