Lieutenant Governor Kate Marshall grew up in working-class neighborhoods in San Francisco as the eldest of six children. She worked throughout high school and college, earning a bachelor’s degree at the University of California, Berkeley, with the help of scholarships, Pell Grants, and student loans.
After two years in the Peace Corps teaching high school in Kenya, Kate returned to earn a law degree from Berkeley. Kate then chose public service in the U.S. Department of Justice. There she served with distinction, fighting white-collar crime and taking on big corporations.
In 1997, Kate was recruited by then Attorney General Frankie Sue Del Papa to leave the Justice Department and come to Nevada to set up a state antitrust office. As Senior Deputy Attorney General, she joined the multistate prosecution of a Toys ‘R’ Us price-fixing scheme and ensured that the merger of Lucky’s and Albertson grocery stores in Las Vegas didn’t lead to a loss of union jobs.
Kate was elected Nevada’s State Treasurer in 2006 and re-elected in 2010. As Treasurer, she got rid of no-bid contracts and off-the-book accounts, and reduced spending, making government more efficient and identifying innovative methods to increase economic development for businesses in Nevada. Even during the economic downturn in 2009, Kate successfully managed Nevada’s investments so that they earned money every single quarter.
One of her proudest achievements as Treasurer was creating the College Kick Start program. In the first statewide program of its kind, Kate partnered with local banks to open and fund college savings accounts for every kindergartner in public school in Nevada—and she did it at no expense to the taxpayer.
Kate currently serves on the Board of the United Way of northern Nevada and recently ran her own legal consulting business. She has two daughters who both graduated from Reno High School. Kate is married to Elliott Parker, an economics professor at the University of Nevada, Reno. In 2017, they co-authored a book on Nevada’s experience during the Great Recession.
Kate was sworn in to office on January 7, 2019. As Lieutenant Governor, Kate is a member of Governor Steve Sisolak’s cabinet and serves as President of the State Senate. Kate is the Chair of the Commission on Tourism, Vice-Chair of the State Board of Transportation, a member of the Board of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, and a member of the Executive Budget Audit Committee.