One valuable way for voters to judge candidates is to observe how they are regarded by those who know them best. By this standard Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.) passes the test with flying colors. Her fellow members of the House of Representatives proved their respect for her by giving her a seat on the powerful and coveted Ways and Means Committee. Her peers in the business community proved their respect for her when they made her the chairwoman of the board of the Nevada Hotel and Motel Association and the national director of the American Hotel-Motel Association. Her constituents in the 1st congressional district demonstrated their respect by giving her strong support for reelection to the House and for her campaign this year for the Senate.

The most valued committee seat in Congress is on the House Ways and Means Committee. The fact that Berkley was chosen to serve on Ways and Means speaks volumes about the respect her peers have for her, and has given her immense clout to work on behalf of Nevadans in the Congress. Her strong support from Senate Majority Leader Harry ReidHarry ReidBill O'Reilly: Politics helped kill Kate Steinle, Zarate just pulled the trigger Tax reform is nightmare Déjà vu for Puerto Rico Ex-Obama and Reid staffers: McConnell would pretend to be busy to avoid meeting with Obama MORE (D-Nev.) assures that her influence will be equally high in the Senate if she is elected.

Berkley has been a strong champion of new jobs programs for all workers, minimum wage increases for all workers and pay equity for female workers. These are major differences between Berkley and her opponent, Sen. Dean HellerDean Arthur HellerDems look to use Moore against GOP Senate hearing shows Fed chair nominee acts the part Senate GOP votes to begin debate on tax bill MORE (R-Nev.) who has opposed new jobs programs, oppposed an increase in in the minimum wage, and was one of the Senate's most aggressive opponents of pay equity for women.

Berkley fights for higher wages for men and women. Heller has opposed higher wages for both!

Shelley Berkley has been a leading champion of veterans and a leading defender of Social Security, using her influence as a member of the Social Security subcommittee of the Ways and Means Committee to oppose Republican efforts to privatize Social Security.

Shelley Berkley has earned strong support from Hispanic voters and is a strong supporter of the DREAM Act and a range of economic, education, immigration and social justice issues vital for Hispanics. Her opponent has attacked the DREAM Act and taken numerous positions on economic, education, immigration and social justice issues that have alienated many Hispanic voters.

For workers seeking jobs and minimum wages, women seeking jobs and equal wages, seniors seeking security for retirement and Medicare, Hispanics seeking economic opportunity and fair immigration policies, veterans seeking homes and healthcare, consumers seeking an end to rip-offs on their credit cards and homeowners seeking fair treatment on their mortgages, Shelley Berkley has been fighting their fight.

Shelley Berkley cares, acts and leads with a powerful and passionate commitment to the people she serves.