About Mary Kay


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, as a deputy DA.  As a Deputy District Attorney, Mary Kay prosecuted all types of misdemeanors and felonies.


Mary Kay handled thousands of cases. She conducted her first jury trial in 1991, doing 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. They have two children who, having graduated from Grand Canyon University, returned to Las Vegas and are attending William S. Boyd School of Law. They have one child at Southern Utah University who aspires to become a theater legend.


Judge Mary Kay Holthus was elected to Department 18 in the Eighth Judicial District Court in November 2018. Mary Kay took the bench in January 2019.


Mary Kay spent nearly 30 years seeking justice for the residents of Clark County, Nevada.  As your District Court Judge, she will continue those efforts.

Paid for by the Committee to Elect Mary Kay Holthus for Judge

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