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For the record, Horsford has not graduated from UNR

Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford, D-North Las Vegas

Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford, D-North Las Vegas

State Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford, D-North Las Vegas, often credits education as his pathway out of a turbulent youth.

He was shuttled from school to school as a child. His mother was addicted to drugs. His father was killed in a drug incident.

He worked during college to help support his younger siblings.

Although Horsford sees a college degree as a way out of a violent life, he has so far fallen short of obtaining his. Yet he’s done little to dispel the appearance that he is a graduate of UNR.

When asked directly, he acknowledges he attended the university and hasn’t earned a degree. He’s still working to earn his final credits.

Horsford’s campaign website and his biography on the legislative website do not credit him with a bachelor’s degree.

But a number of stories in Reno and Las Vegas newspapers about his life and his campaigns incorrectly state he has his bachelor’s degree in political science and communications.

A biography on the Nevada Senate Democratic Caucus website also said he “graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in Political Science and Communications.”

Horsford admitted he didn’t seek to clear up the record about his education.

“I have been very careful to be clear that I attended the university,” he said. “If I had to correct every report that was out there, I would spend most of my time making those corrections. But I have always tried to be extremely careful and sensitive to the fact I attended the university, but did not earn all the credits I needed to graduate.”

As for the bio on his caucus’ website, Horsford said he doubts he “even reviewed it or put it together.” He said he would correct the information. His staff had taken down the site a day after an interview with the Las Vegas Sun.

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  1. Republican Senator Halseth claimed to a reporter that she had an education degree she did not have-that is a lie and she should be held accountable when she is up for re-election in 2014.

    The bio on the Nevada Senate Democratic Caucus website, while not a statement directly from Democratic Senator Steven Horsford, is also a lie, because the NSDC surely knows about the education level of the Speaker of the Assembly. Citizens interested in this issue should contact Sen. Horsford at his legislative email address, [email protected].

    I would like to know more about who knew what, and when regarding the NSDC and Horsford's educational background. I hope the Sun performs more investigative reporting on this issue, since the RJ fired all their investigative reporters-which does beg the question that if you fire your investigative reporters, wouldn't that mean that you fired ALL your reporters? Hmmm, Stephens Media?

  2. Abraham Lincoln never graduated from a College or University either. He studied law on his own and took the exams.
    "Lincoln's formal education consisted of approximately 18 months of classes from several itinerant teachers; he was mostly self-educated and was an avid reader."

    Just as important, Lincoln never associated himself with any religion, which made him the most competent, ethical and moral President America has had. Play it again, Uncle Sam.

  3. This is a big so what story? It has nothing to do with the issues before Nevada nor does it have anything to do with Senator Horsford's position on any particular issue.

    I think SunJon's comment are more relavant.

  4. Of course, to leftists, whatever sleaze Dumbocrats get into is sluffed off as "unimportant." They can have sex in the Oval Office, cheat on their wives or taxes, even kill (see: Ted "Lady Killer" Kennedy) and be excused from any blame or responsibility. Whorsford parks in handicapped spaces, lies about his resume and it's no big deal since he is one of the tax & spend crowd.

  5. If I were a politician I would google my name and review all bios that are out there and clear up any misinformation before it becomes a scandal ..

  6. So, Anjeanette Damon, what is your point?

  7. mental midget; pimp for public unions

  8. I applaud Mr. Horsford for being a stand up man and caring for his family. He should be held as an example to others.

    In the ecnomic times in which we find ourselves, families need to turn to each other and Not to the government. The government cannot be all things to all people.

  9. This is not news. Senator Horsford has not misrepresented his credentials. I am not sure it is his job to seek out every single instance where people have not represented his credentials correctly.

    Further, his experience is consistent with the experience of many people.

    I hope when he has a chance he finishes up. That would be a great story.

  10. Gotta love that last paragraph,..."Horsford DOUBTS he reviewed it or put it together" Doubts? He doesn't know? Hmmm.

  11. To lvfacts101: Yeah. I wonder why Charlie Rangel isn't looking at the world through bars for his tax evasion crimes.

  12. As an independent conservative, I have to lean in defense of this individual however. I take issue as to even why this article was even published at all. These pieces of paper we call "Degrees" (I have one) are worthless without hindsight and common sense of the persons holding them. That being said, I have more respect for an under-graduate who's productive and trying rather than a Degree holder shielding themselves behind their Degrees. When asked, "How much education to you have?", I reply, "I have 66 years of education".

  13. Without a four year degree, Lincoln stopped the second American Civil War by building the Transcontinental Railroad. Had the West Coast been allowed to 'drift' without strong links to the East, it would have soon declared it's independence. California began as a 'Republic' and wasn't ready to take orders from Washington.

    Of the four people who built the Union Pacific, Leland Stanford, Collis Huntington, Charles Croker and Mark Hopkins, only Standford studied Law while bypassing a four year Bachelor's degree. None of the other three had a Bachelor's degree or higher.

    Education is what you learn, not what is hung on the wall.

  14. I absolutely believe it is possible that he never reviewed or put the bio together. Most executives don't handle that sort of thing; someone on their staff does.

    Since he has never verbally claimed to be a graduate, it seems kind of silly that he would try to slip in a lie in print, on a website that's not even his. Yes, I realize he's the head of the caucus but still, it's not his personal website.

    As for the misinformation appearing in newspaper stories, gee, what a shock. That NEVER happens.