Top Nevada senator gives birth to baby boy during legislative session
The highest-ranking lawmaker in the Nevada Senate gave birth to a healthy baby boy on Saturday, hours after a key bill passage deadline and with a little over two weeks left in the state’s 120-day session.
Aides said Senate Majority Leader Nicole Cannizzaro (D-Las Vegas) held meetings at the Legislature in Carson City early Friday but checked into the hospital in Reno around midday and continued to work there, including conducting negotiations with Republican Gov. Joe Lombardo’s office late Friday afternoon. Cole Cannizzaro-Ring was born Saturday morning.
Cannizzaro is expected to return to the Legislature within a few days, and in the meantime, Assistant Majority Leader Sen. Roberta Lange (D-Las Vegas) will be in charge of business on the floor. The next major legislative deadline, second house passage, is this Friday, May 26.
The Legislature is in the middle of crunch time as it works through several high-profile policy matters, including a potential public funding package for a proposed baseball stadium in Las Vegas for the Oakland A’s and a major film tax credit initiative. Democratic leaders and Lombardo are also working through ongoing budget and policy tensions.
Nevada had the first female-majority Legislature in the U.S. and remains the only state with that distinction. Cole is the second child for Cannizzaro and her husband, Nate Ring. Cannizzaro was pregnant with her first, Case, during the last regular legislative session in 2021.
Cole had been due in June, but arrived several weeks early. Aides say he is expected to make an appearance on the floor of the Senate in the near future and accompany his mom for legislative business.