Birthdate: May 23, 1950
Birth Place: Thomasville, GA, United States
Residence: Las Vegas, NV
District: District 1
Dina Titus was born in Thomasville, Ga. She earned a bachelor's degree from the College of William and Mary in 1970, a master's degree from the University of Georgia in 1973 and a doctorate from the University of Florida in 1976.
Titus moved to Nevada in 1977 to teach political science at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas, where she taught for more than three decades before taking a buyout in 2011. She is an expert on atomic testing at the Nevada Test Site, and is the author of "Bombs in the Backyard: Atomic Testing in American Politics" and "Battle Born: Federal-State Relations in Nevada During the 20th Century."
Titus was elected to the state Senate in 1988 and was minority leader from 1993 until her election to the U.S. House in 2008. She lost her 2010 re-election bid to the 3rd District seat to Republican Joe Heck.
Titus ran unsuccessfully for governor in 2006.
She and her husband, Tom, live in Las Vegas.
Dina Titus shook up Nevada's 1st Congressional District race in 2012 _ and came closer to assuring her return to Congress _ when she filed against fellow Democrat Ruben Kihuen, a state senator who was looking to become Nevada's first Hispanic elected to Congress.
A player in Nevada politics for more than two decades, Titus cast herself in the lead up to the Democratic primary as the more experienced candidate and refused to cede the Hispanic vote to her Mexican-born challenger. Kihuen dropped out of the race after being crushed in fundraising, and Titus was unopposed in the primary election.
The southern Nevada district is about 40 percent Hispanic. The district's incumbent, seven-term Democratic Rep. Shelley Berkley, is vacating the seat to make a run for the U.S. Senate.
Titus faces Republican Chris Edwards in the November 2012 general election. She is favored to win the race and return to Congress because of the district's overwhelming advantage in Democratic voter registration.
Titus served in the Nevada Legislature for 20 years before an unsuccessful run for governor in 2006. She rebounded in 2008, when she ousted Republican U.S. Rep. Jon Porter and became the first Democrat to represent Nevada's 3rd District. However, she lost her 2010 re-election bid to Republican Joe Heck by roughly 1,700 votes.
Her decision to not challenge Heck again this year and instead run against Kihuen frustrated some Hispanics who hoped having Kihuen on the ballot would motivate minority voters and buoy Democratic candidates across the ballot, especially President Barack Obama.
Titus says that if returned to Congress she would focus on unemployment and foreclosures, issues that she previously championed and that disproportionately affect blacks and Hispanics.
Titus was a strong supporter of the 2010 health care reform bill and the 2009 economic stimulus package. She also supported a bill in June 2010 to impose new restrictions and disclosures on campaign spending by corporations and private interest groups. During her inaugural term in Congress, she served on the House Transportation and Infrastructure; Education and Labor; and Homeland Security committees.
Source: Associated Press