Mary Kay was born in Syracuse, New York in 1961. She grew up in upstate New York and attended State University of New York at Binghamton, where she graduated with a bachelor of science degree in economics, with a concentration in mathematics.
Mary Kay graduated from Villanova Law School in 1989. Prior to graduating, she worked as a summer law clerk at Rawlings, Olson & Cannon in Las Vegas, where she concentrated on insurance defense issues.
Mary Kay put herself through college and law school, waiting tables and tending bar.
In 1989, Mary Kay moved to Las Vegas with her mother and her sister. She passed the bar exam in 1989, and began work as an associate at Jones, Jones, Close & Brown. During her time as an associate, Mary Kay worked on a variety of civil law issues.
In March, 1991, Mary Kay began her career with the Clark County District Attorney’s Office, where she remains today, as a chief deputy District Attorney. As a Deputy District Attorney, Mary Kay prosecutes all types of misdemeanors and felonies.
Mary Kay has handled thousands of cases. She conducted her first jury trial in 1991. Since that time, she has done approximately 150 felony jury trials, as well as numerous misdemeanor bench trials.
After several years of general litigation, Mary Kay joined the Crimes Against Women and Children Unit. For 16 years, Mary Kay sought justice for victims of sexual assault, child abuse and domestic violence.
In 1994, Mary Kay married Brian Holthus, who is a partner at Jolley Urga Woodbury Holthus & Rose. They have two children at Grand Canyon University who aspire to return to Las Vegas after graduation and one child at Faith Lutheran High School, who aspires to become a theater legend.
Outside of her time in the District Attorney’s office, Mary Kay spends her time as a devoted sports mom, dance mom, cheer mom and theater mom.
Mary Kay has spent nearly 30 years seeking justice for the residents of Clark County, Nevada. She has the experience and the energy to continue those efforts as a District Court Judge.