Nelson Araujo is a proud Nevada native, born in Las Vegas to parents who fled the civil war in El Salvador in the 1980s for a better life in the United States. His mother, who raised Nelson’s family in a single-parent household, worked long shifts as a hotel housekeeper, and is a proud Culinary Workers Union Local 226 member to this day. Despite lacking transportation and not being able to speak English, she worked tirelessly to ensure that her children had the basic resources they needed to succeed. Inspired by his mother, Nelson sought to accomplish his dreams of bringing his family out of poverty by succeeding in school. Nelson is the first in his immediate family to graduate high school and college. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in communication studies and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.
In 2007, he began working for the office of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. Five years later, Araujo joined Financial Guidance Center, where he was responsible for oversight of a statewide homeowner relief program to connect Nevadans to much-needed housing resources. By the time he left the Financial Guidance Center, the program had helped 10,000 homeowners. Currently, along with serving in the Nevada State Assembly, Araujo works as an adjunct professor at Nevada State College. Araujo also volunteers for various organizations dedicated to improving the lives of Nevadans through advocacy and activism.
Elected twice to the Nevada State Assembly, Nelson has risen quickly in the ranks, serving as Assistant Majority Floor Leader in the most recent legislative session. In his first race, Nelson won a six-way Democratic primary before going on to win his Assembly seat in the general election. He is proud of the diverse district he represents and has worked hard to ensure every constituent he represents has a voice. In the 2017 session, all seven of the priority bills Nelson authored were passed by a Democratic legislature with bipartisan support and signed into law by a Republican governor, including legislation expanding protections for children in foster care and safeguarding small businesses from unnecessary and significant tax increases.