Chris Edwards (Nevada)

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Chris Edwards
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Nevada State Assembly, District 19
In office
February 2, 2015 - present
Term ends
  November 9, 2016
Years in position 0
Base salary$146.29/day
Per diem$152/per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits6 terms (12 years)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Notre Dame
Master'sGeorge Washington University
Military service
Office website
Campaign website
Chris Edwards is a Republican member of the Nevada State Assembly, representing District 19. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.

Edwards was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 1st Congressional District of Nevada. Edwards was defeated by Democratic candidate Dina Titus on November 6, 2012.[1]


Edwards joined the Navy after obtaining his Bachelor of Arts from the University of Notre Dame in 1986. After he transitioned into reserve duty in 1994, he interned for Richard Armey in the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1996, he received his M.P.A. from the George Washington University. He has since worked as a public administrator and national security consultant.[2]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Nevada Committee Assignments, 2015
Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining
Ways and Means


Campaign themes


Edwards's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[3]


  • Excerpt: "Chris will support efforts to bring new industries to Nevada that will create jobs and opportunities for Nevadans and will oppose tax increases on job creators."
  • Excerpt: "Chris knows that government doesn’t create jobs; Nevada’s small businesses do. He will help get government out of the way so businesses can grow and thrive. We need to stop changing the playing field so companies will feel confident investing and growing in Nevada."


  • Excerpt: "Nevada’s children are falling behind. We have to make meaningful reforms to our education system that keep more tax dollars in the classroom and give parents more control to help their children succeed."
  • Excerpt: "Chris will support charter schools, giving parents choices and the opportunity to send their students to a school that fits their needs and will support programs to identify and reward high performing teachers."


  • Excerpt: "Chris knows how to balance a budget and has worked in many roles where he has witnessed firsthand how government budgets can grow out of control. Chris will work to eliminate wasteful spending and keep the state budget on track with population growth."


On his campaign website, Edwards listed three key issues. They were:[4]

  • Housing
  • As a free-market conservative, Edwards listed that he believes that the basic economic principle of "Supply and Demand" will win out in the long-run. He proposed a 3-phrase plan to fix the housing crisis in Nevada: First, he proposed that monthly mortgage payments be made more affordable by "refinancing 100 percent of the current loan at lower interest rates at no cost to the homeowner." Second, he advised principal reductions. Third, he suggested traditional resales as way to stabilize the market.
  • Jobs
  • Edwards proposed both immediate and long-term actions.
  • Immediate: Approve the Keystone XL project, increase access to federal offshore lands for oil exploration, allow coal-fired plants to continue operating while improvements are developed, set business taxes "as low as possible for as long as possible," review business taxes that are set to increase in 2013, replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
  • Long-term: Make each congressional member responsible for $1 billion in federal savings, enact spending cuts to eliminate the deficit, review (and cut unnecessary) federal programs, and make the government borrow private sector practices to achieve savings.
  • Foreign Policy
  • Edwards stated that, "the world continues to be a dangerous place," but he believes that, "despite the troubles there are a number of opportunities for the United States. We could encourage pro-Western, moderate governments in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya. Brazil and Columbia are close neighbors with advanced economies whom we could make close friends and greater trading partners. There are many opportunities to build new friendships and trading relationships beyond the headlines. We must have a more competent, realistic and consistent foreign policy that creates new friendships and leads to significant, and mutually profitable, relationships. We must be ready to take advantage of opportunities when they arise."[4]



See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Nevada State Assembly 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. James Zygadlo ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Chris Edwards defeated Laura Bledsoe and Frank Tavares in the Republican primary. Donald Hendon ran as a Libertarian candidate. Edwards defeated Zygadlo and Hendon in the general election.[5][6][7]

Nevada State Assembly District 19, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Edwards 65.1% 8,503
     Democratic James Zygadlo 29.9% 3,900
     Libertarian Donald Hendon 5% 659
Total Votes 13,062
Nevada State Assembly, District 19 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Edwards 58.7% 1,690
Laura Bledsoe 36.7% 1,057
Frank Tavares 4.6% 132
Total Votes 2,879


See also: Nevada's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Edwards ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Nevada's 1st District. He defeated Charmaine Guss, Brian Landsberger, Herb Peters, and Miguel Rodrigues in the Republican primary on June 12, 2012.[8] Edwards faced Democrat Dina Titus, Libertarian William Pojunis, and Independent American Party candidate Stan Vaughan in the general election on November 6, 2012.[9]

General election

U.S. House, Nevada District 1 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDina Titus 63.6% 113,967
     Republican Chris Edwards 31.5% 56,521
     Libertarian William Pojunis 2.6% 4,645
     Independent American Party of Nevada Stan Vaughan 2.3% 4,145
Total Votes 179,278
Source: Nevada Secretary of State "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

Republican Primary

Nevada's 1st Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Edwards 48.2% 4,786
Brian Landsberger 18.1% 1,800
Charmaine Guss 15.5% 1,534
Miguel Rodrigues 11.7% 1,163
Herb Peters 6.5% 643
Total Votes 9,926

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Edwards is available dating back to 2014. Based on available campaign finance records, Edwards raised a total of $319,838 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 9, 2015.[10]

Chris Edwards's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 Nevada State Assembly, District 19 Won $136,167
2012 Nevada's 1st Congressional District Defeated $183,671
Grand Total Raised $319,838


Edwards won election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2014. During that election cycle, Edwards raised a total of $136,167.
Nevada State Assembly 2014 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Chris Edwards's campaign in 2014
Edwards, Christopher$55,000
Sandoval for Governor$5,000
Nevada Association of Realtors$4,000
Cmte to Elect John Hambrick$3,000
Barrick Gold Corp$2,500
Total Raised in 2014$136,167
Source: Follow the Money


Breakdown of the source of Edwards' campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Edwards was defeated by Dina Titus (D) in 2012. During that election cycle, Edwards' campaign committee raised a total of $183,671 and spent $180,116.[11]


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Preceded by
Cresent Hardy (R)
Nevada State Assembly District 19
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