Pictured from left to right: Erin's mom, Mikey; Daughter, Daisy; Husband, Noah;
English Mastiff Rescue Dog, Parker; Dad, Jim; Daughter, Caroline Riley.
A third-generation native of Nevada, I've dedicated my life to the service of our community. My family instilled in me a deep sense of responsibility to serve. My grandfather, owner of a shoe store, was elected to Clark County government and my father served in the Nevada Army National Guard before being elected to the Nevada State Senate and then, Congress. The entire Bilbray family still calls Southern Nevada home.
As a mother, community activist, and founder of three non-profits, I've spent over twenty years working to increase civic engagement and to expand opportunity. In 2006, I founded an organization dedicated to encouraging women to step into leadership roles in their communities. Since then, Emerge has trained more than a hundred women in Nevada in political leadership, with the goal of improving government though greater diversity and participation.
Together with my husband Noah, a pediatrician, we started Nevada's first and only nonprofit dedicated to providing free health care to the children of Southern Nevada. Noah now serves as the medical director of the Children's Free Clinic of Southern Nevada, which we founded on the belief that all children deserve the chance for a bright future and an equal opportunity to succeed.
I also worked with others in the community to start the Southern Nevada Prom Closet, which provides prom dresses to high-school girls who otherwise couldn't afford them. While the girls are always happy, it's the mothers and grandmothers who always cry tears of joy.
Previously, I worked on behalf of the Agassi Foundation and the American Diabetes Foundation.
I have also served on the boards of the Desert Research Institute of the Nevada System of Higher Education, the Women's Council for the United Way, and the Dinner Committee for the UNLV Foundation. I attended St.Viator Elementary School, Bishop Gorman High School and George Mason University.
Noah and I are the parents of two beautiful young daughters: Caroline Riley is 10 and Daisy is 8. Every day, we instill in them our passion for giving back to the community. Ensuring their future is my inspiration to run for Congress.
I have seen too many of my friends and neighbors lose their jobs, their homes, and their hope. At a time when Congress needs to be focusing on creating good paying jobs, it's mired in dysfunction. It's clear that we need a new direction in Washington, and it starts with a change in representation in Congressional District 3. If this Congress won't work for us, it's time to elect a Congress that will.