Democratic state Sen. Yvanna Cancela is resigning her legislative seat to take a place with the U.S. Division of Well being and Human Providers within the new Biden administration.
Cancela, who was an early backer of Biden and served as senior adviser to his marketing campaign in Nevada, has been on the forefront of well being care points within the Nevada Legislature for the final two periods. She launched and handed the nation’s first diabetes drug pricing transparency legislation, which was later expanded to additionally embody bronchial asthma medicine, and spearheaded laws to repeal a longstanding legislation criminalizing abortion within the state.
Cancela, in a letter of resignation to Gov. Steve Sisolak on Monday, mentioned that it has been “the consideration of a lifetime” to symbolize Senate District 10 and promised to maintain Nevada on the “forefront” of her work.
“For the final 5 years, I’ve had the privilege of working with a few of our state’s most interesting public servants and activists on points like reasonably priced housing, prescription drug pricing, and shopper protections,” Cancela wrote. “I’m ceaselessly grateful to you, our state workers together with your workers and the members of LCB, and my fellow members of the Legislature for his or her enduring and provoking dedication to our state.”
The letter of resignation doesn’t specify precisely what place Cancela might be serving in throughout the Division of Well being and Human Providers.
Cancela has served within the Legislature since 2016, when she was appointed to switch Ruben Kihuen upon his election to Congress. Earlier than becoming a member of the Legislature, Cancela was political director for the Culinary Union, which represents 60,000 resort employees throughout the state of Nevada. She additionally just lately graduated from UNLV’s Boyd College of Legislation.
“After I moved right here in 2010, I couldn’t have imagined all of the methods the Silver State would change my life,” Cancela mentioned. “I grew to become a proud Culinary Union member and UNLV [alumna], have seen Las Vegas’ resilience up shut, and was lucky to create a community of buddies which might be in the present day extra like household. Nevada has given me a lot.”
Cancela’s choice to endorse Biden the day he introduced his presidential marketing campaign was seen as a big enhance to the previous vp’s probabilities in Nevada.
Biden got here in second within the state’s Democratic presidential caucus, shedding to Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders by 27 proportion factors. It really, nonetheless, proved a big comeback for Biden, who had are available in fourth within the Iowa caucus and fifth within the New Hampshire major, and supplied him momentum heading into the South Carolina major a number of days later, which he gained.
Biden went on to win the Silver State within the common election by 2.four proportion factors.
Gov. Steve Sisolak, in an announcement, thanked Cancela for her service to the state and mentioned he was “keen” to comply with her journey to the U.S. Division of Well being and Human Providers “the place so many individuals will have the ability to profit from her relentless dedication to public service and fairness.”
“There isn’t a doubt that Nevada will profit from having a frontrunner who understands the challenges states face as we navigate this pandemic and proceed working towards increasing entry to healthcare,” Sisolak mentioned.
The Clark County Fee will nominate a alternative to serve out the rest of Cancela’s time period, which runs via 2022. The legislative session begins on Feb. 1.