Dina Titus announces run for Congress

Former U.S. Rep. Dina Titus made it official Tuesday that she's running for Congress.

In 2010, the Democrat lost to U.S. Rep. Joe Heck, R-Nev., by 1,748 votes in the 3rd Congressional District, covering much of Clark County outside Las Vegas. It's unclear whether she would face Heck again because the new districts have not been drawn, including a new fourth seat in Southern Nevada.

Titus said she wants to return to Washington to finish the job she started in her freshman term.

"I have been proud to serve Nevada, stand up for working families, and fight back against Wall Street banks that have walked away with billions while our communities suffer," Titus said in an email officially announcing her House bid. "It is clear that Southern Nevadans are still hurting and need someone who will do what's right for them. They need real solutions and honest leadership."

On Monday, Titus told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that her entry into a race was imminent after she resigned her appointment to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission. Titus also recently took a buyout at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she taught political science.

Titus, a former state senator, began calling supporters this week to tell them she would run again. She went live Tuesday with her campaign website and a request for contributions.

Assembly Speaker John Oceguera, D-Las Vegas, became the first Democrat to announce a congressional bid on Monday. He lives in the 3rd Congressional District and may be more likely to face Heck in the 2012 election, depending on how the new maps are drawn by a court-appointed panel.

Other Democrats considering House bids include state Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford and state Sen. Ruben Kihuen, both of Las Vegas, and state Sen. John Lee of North Las Vegas.

"Nevada voters already rejected Dina Titus' voting record of reckless spending and higher taxes," said Tyler Q. Houlton, a spokesman for the National Republican Campaign Committee. "The fact that Titus thinks she can win back the hearts of Nevada voters after supporting Nancy Pelosi's job-killing agenda shows how out of touch she is with Nevada's struggling working families."

Contact Laura Myers at lmyers@reviewjournal.com or 702-387-2919.