Susie Lee
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nevada's 3rd district
Assumed office
January 3, 2019
Preceded byJacky Rosen
Personal details
Suzanne Marie Kelley

(1966-11-07) November 7, 1966 (age 55)
Canton, Ohio, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic
Spouse(s)Dan Lee
EducationCarnegie Mellon University (BA, MS)
WebsiteHouse website

Suzanne Marie Lee (née Kelley[1] born November 7, 1966) is an American politician from the state of Nevada. A Democrat, she has served as the United States representative for Nevada's 3rd congressional district since 2019.[2] Lee was the founding director of the Inner-City Games in Las Vegas and president of Communities In Schools of Nevada.[3]

Early life and education

Lee was born in Canton, Ohio, to Warren and Joan Kelley.[4] She graduated from Carnegie Mellon University.[5]

Early career

After moving to Las Vegas in 1993, Lee became the founding director of the Inner-City Games, now known as the After-School All-Stars, which conducts after-school programs for children.[3] Beginning in 2010, Lee served as the president of Communities In Schools of Nevada, a dropout prevention organization.[6]

Lee has served on the Superintendent's Educational Opportunities Advisory Committee, Prime 6 Advisory Committee, Clark County School District English Language Learners Program Task Force, State Accountability Advisory Committee, UNLV's Lincy Institute Education Committee Advisory Board, and Guinn Center Board of Directors.[7]

U.S. House of Representatives



See also: 2016 United States House of Representatives elections in Nevada § District 4

Lee ran for the United States House of Representatives in Nevada's 4th congressional district.[8] She lost the primary to Ruben Kihuen by 19 points, placing third behind former State Assemblywoman Lucy Flores, who received 25.6% of the vote.


See also: 2018 United States House of Representatives elections in Nevada § District 3

Lee ran for Nevada's 3rd congressional district to succeed Jacky Rosen, who retired after one term to run for the United States Senate.[9][10] Lee won the seven-way primary election with 66.9% of the vote.[11] She defeated Republican nominee Danny Tarkanian in the general election with 52% of the vote.[12]


See also: 2020 United States House of Representatives elections in Nevada § District 3

Lee ran for reelection to a second term.[13] She won the three-way primary election with 82.8% of the vote.[14] She defeated Republican nominee Dan Rodimer in the general election with 48.8% of the vote.[15]


On December 18, 2019, Lee voted for both articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump.[16]

In 2020, Lee lobbied the federal government to provide aid to Nevada's gaming industry. Federal agencies implemented the regulatory change she was seeking, which allowed businesses with fewer than 500 employees that derive more than half of their income from gaming to apply for Paycheck Protection Program loans. Two weeks after the change went into effect, Full House, a gambling company led by Lee's husband, secured two loans totaling $5.6 million. Lee said she became aware of the company's plan to apply for PPP loans several days before its loan application was submitted but had no role in its decision to apply. Lee and her husband own several millions of dollars in Full House stock and stock options.[17][18][19]

As of March 2022, Lee had voted in line with Joe Biden's stated position 100% of the time.[20]

Committee assignments

Caucus memberships

Electoral history

Democratic primary results (2018)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Susie Lee 25,474 66.9
Democratic Michael Weiss 3,115 8.2
Democratic Eric Stoltz 2,758 7.2
Democratic Jack Love 2,208 5.8
Democratic Richard Hart 1,847 4.9
Democratic Steve Schiffman 1,338 3.5
Democratic Guy Pinjuv 1,331 3.5
Total votes 38,071 100.0
Nevada's 3rd congressional district, 2018
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Susie Lee 148,501 51.9
Republican Danny Tarkanian 122,566 42.8
Libertarian Steve Brown 4,555 1.6
Independent David Goossen 3,627 1.3
Independent American Party (Nevada) Harry Vickers 3,481 1.2
Independent Gil Eisner 1,887 0.7
Independent Tony Gumina 1,551 0.5
Total votes 286,168 100.0
Democratic hold
Democratic primary results (2020)
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Susie Lee (incumbent) 49,223 82.8
Democratic Dennis Sullivan 5,830 9.8
Democratic Tiffany Watson 4,411 7.4
Total votes 59,464 100.0
Nevada's 3rd congressional district, 2020[15]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Susie Lee (incumbent) 203,421 48.8
Republican Dan Rodimer 190,975 45.8
Libertarian Steve Brown 12,315 2.9
Independent American Party (Nevada) Edward Bridges III 10,541 2.5
Total votes 417,252 100.0
Democratic hold

Personal life

Lee lives in Las Vegas with her husband, Dan, a casino company CEO, and their two children.[7][23]

On November 27, 2020, Lee announced that she had tested positive for COVID-19 after traveling to Canton, Ohio, to see her dying mother in hospice care.[24]

See also


  1. ^ Carnegie Mellon Graduates
  2. ^ "CD3 winners Tarkanian, Lee confident as they pivot to next battle". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Humble beginnings shaped political ideology of Susie Lee". Las Vegas Review-Journal. October 21, 2018. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  4. ^ Balint, Ed (December 9, 2018). "From Canton to Congress: Susie Lee elected to Nevada House seat". Canton Repository. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  5. ^ Giwargis, Ramona (October 21, 2018). "Humble beginnings shaped political ideology of Susie Lee". Las Vegas Review Journal. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  6. ^ "Elaine Wynn and Susie Lee Lead Communities in Schools of Nevada". Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  7. ^ a b Rindels, Michelle (September 14, 2017). "Democratic education advocate Susie Lee jumps into competitive House race after primary loss in 2016". The Nevada Independent. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  8. ^ "Lee makes political debut in CD4 race". March 21, 2016. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  9. ^ Bohrer, Becky (September 14, 2017). "Democrat Susie Lee to run for Rosen's congressional seat – Las Vegas Review-Journal". Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  10. ^ "Democrat Susie Lee announces bid for Congress seat Rosen leaving – Las Vegas Sun Newspaper". Associated Press. September 14, 2017. Retrieved October 20, 2018.
  11. ^ "Nevada Primary Election Results: Third House District". The New York Times. June 20, 2018. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  12. ^ "Susie Lee wins Nevada's 3rd Congressional District seat". The Washington Post. December 12, 2018. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  13. ^ Appleton, Rory (March 13, 2020). "Plenty of challengers flock to Nevada's congressional races". Las Vegas Review-Journal.
  14. ^ "U.S. HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES". Secretary of State of Nevada. Retrieved June 9, 2020.
  15. ^ a b "Silver State 2020 Election Results - U.S. Congress". Nevada Secretary of State. Retrieved November 27, 2020.
  16. ^ Panetta, Grace. "WHIP COUNT: Here's which members of the House voted for and against impeaching Trump". Business Insider. Retrieved November 17, 2020.
  17. ^ Markay, Lachlan (June 8, 2020). "Nevada Congresswoman Pushed for COVID Loans for Casinos. Her Husband Got Two". The Daily Beast. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  18. ^ O'Connell, Jonathan; Gregg, Aaron (June 26, 2020). "SBA exempted lawmakers, federal officials from ethics rules in $660 billion loan program". Washington Post. Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  19. ^ Solis, Jacob (June 16, 2020). "As Republicans push for ethics probe into federal coronavirus relief that benefited her husband's company, Rep. Susie Lee insists she 'took the right vote'". Retrieved March 24, 2021.
  20. ^ Bycoffe, Anna Wiederkehr and Aaron (April 22, 2021). "Does Your Member Of Congress Vote With Or Against Biden?". FiveThirtyEight. Retrieved March 16, 2022.
  21. ^ "Members". New Democrat Coalition. Archived from the original on February 8, 2018. Retrieved February 5, 2018.
  22. ^ "Featured Members". Problem Solvers Caucus. Retrieved March 28, 2021.
  23. ^ Snyder, Riley (March 14, 2016). "Susie Lee's wealth under fire in competitive Nevada congressional primary". PolitiFact Nevada. Retrieved December 12, 2018.
  24. ^ "Nevada U.S. Rep. Susie Lee has COVID after seeing dying mom in Canton". WEWS. November 27, 2020. Retrieved December 5, 2020.
U.S. House of Representatives Preceded byJacky Rosen Member of the U.S. House of Representativesfrom Nevada's 3rd congressional district 2019–present Incumbent U.S. order of precedence (ceremonial) Preceded byAndy Kim United States representatives by seniority 325th Succeeded byAndy Levin