Becky Harris

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Becky Harris
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Nevada State Senate, District 9
Incumbent
In office
February 2, 2015 - present
Term ends
  November 7, 2018
Years in position 0
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$146.29/day
Per diem$152/per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limits3 terms (12 years)
Education
High schoolAlta High School, 1986
Bachelor'sBrigham Young University, 1989
Master'sUniversity of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2000
J.D.Brigham Young University, 1992
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Becky Harris is a Republican member of the Nevada State Senate, representing District 9. She was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

She was a 2012 Republican candidate for District 21 of the Nevada State Assembly. She was defeated by Andy Eisen (D) in the general election.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Harris served on the following committees:

Nevada Committee Assignments, 2015
Commerce, Labor and Energy
Education, Chair
Judiciary, Vice-Chair

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Harris's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[1]

Education

  • Excerpt: "She supports ensuring that every student has the tools and resources needed to achieve their dreams. Becky supports expanding charter schools and school choice to give parents the right to send their children to good schools. As our state senator, Becky will lead the fight to reward good teachers with higher pay."

Jobs'

  • Excerpt: "Employers need to know that Nevada has a tax system that is fair. When some industries carry a heavy tax burden and others pay little, it is time for a change. Becky opposes the margins tax because it will place an undue burden on small businesses. She supports tax reform that fairly taxes the mining industry and keeps taxes low for small businesses."

Housing Crisis

  • Excerpt: "Becky supports legislation that requires banks to prove they actually own a home before foreclosing on it. She opposes allowing local governments to use the power of eminent domain to seize underwater mortgages. Becky believes we must continue to hold Wall Street banks accountable for their past actions, and ensure a fair and transparent process for home owners."

2012

Harris voiced support for a "stable business environment" and "diversity" in the economy, "[l]ong-term solutions" to the housing crisis, the Second Amendment, school choice, charter school, vouchers, and incentive-based pay for teachers. She opposes a gross receipts tax.[2]

Elections

2014

See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2014
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Elections for the office of Nevada State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on June 10, 2014. The general election was held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Incumbent Justin Jones ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Becky Harris defeated Ron Quilang, Vick Gill and David Schoen in the Republican primary. Harris defeated Jones in the general election.[3][4][5]

The Nevada State Senate is a battleground chamber that Ballotpedia has identified as having the opportunity to switch partisan control in 2014. The Nevada Senate has a difference in partisan balance between Democrats and Republican of one seat, which amounts to 9 percent of the seats up for election in 2014. District 9 in the Senate was identified by Ballotpedia and the Las Vegas Review-Journal as a battleground district that could determine control of the Nevada State Senate. Incumbent Justin Jones lost his seat to attorney Becky Harris in the general election. Jones won election in 2012 by only 301 votes. In 2013, Jones angered many gun-rights conservatives during his first year in office, when he pushed for gun control legislation.[6]

Nevada State Senate District 9, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngBecky Harris 55.2% 12,475
     Democratic Justin Jones Incumbent 44.8% 10,116
Total Votes 22,591
Nevada State Senate, District 9 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBecky Harris 50.3% 1,830
Vick Gill 39.9% 1,452
David Schoen 5.7% 206
Ron Quilang 4.2% 153
Total Votes 3,641

2012

See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2012

Harris ran in the 2012 election for Nevada State Assembly, District 21. Harris defeated Jeffrey Jones and Swadeep Nigam in the June 12 primary election and was defeated by Andy Eisen (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[7][8][9][10]

Nevada State Assembly, District 21, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngAndy Eisen 50.1% 12,123
     Republican Becky Harris 46.9% 11,343
     Independent American Les McKay 3.1% 745
Total Votes 24,211

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Harris is available dating back to 2014. Based on available campaign finance records, Harris raised a total of $799,781 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 9, 2015.[11]

Becky Harris's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 Nevada State Senate, District 9 Won $643,983
2012 Nevada State Assembly, District 21 Defeated $155,798
Grand Total Raised $799,781

2014

Harris won election to the Nevada State Senate in 2014. During that election cycle, Harris raised a total of $643,983.
Nevada State Senate 2014 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Becky Harris's campaign in 2014
Battle Born Nevadan$10,500
Venetian Casino Resort$10,000
Las Vegas Sands$10,000
Nevada Association of Realtors$10,000
Keystone Corp$10,000
Total Raised in 2014$643,983
Source: Follow the Money

2012

Harris lost the election for the Nevada State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Harris raised a total of $155,798.

Scorecards

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Political offices
Preceded by
Justin Jones (D)
Nevada State Senate District 9
2015-present
Succeeded by
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