David Bobzien

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David P. Bobzien
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Reno City Council, At-large
Incumbent
In office
December 3, 2014 - Present
Term ends
2016
Years in position 7
PartyNonpartisan
Leadership
Majority Whip
Nevada State Assembly
2013 - December 3, 2014
Chief Deputy Majority Whip
Nevada State Assembly
2011 - 2012
Elections and appointments
AppointedDecember 3, 2014
Appointed byReno City Council
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Nevada State Assembly, District 24
2007 - December 3, 2014
Education
Bachelor'sGeorge Mason University
Master'sBoise State University
Personal
Birthday1972
Place of birthWashington, D.C.
ProfessionCampus webmaster
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
David P. Bobzien (b. 1972) is an at-large member of the Reno, Nevada City Council. The council appointed him to the position on December 3, 2014, after the seat was vacated by Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve in November 2014. Schieve had held the at-large seat since 2012.

Bobzien's appointment is for a partial term. It will last until November 2016, when the seat will be up for election for a full four-year term.[1][2]

Less than a month before his appointment to city council in December 2014, Bobzien had recently won election to a fifth term in the Nevada Assembly as the Democratic representative of District 24. He was first elected to the Assembly in 2006. Bobzien served as Majority Whip from 2013 to 2014. He was the Chief Deputy Majority Whip from 2011 to 2012.[2]

Biography

Bobzien was born in Washington, D.C.. He holds a B.A. in Government and Politics from George Mason University and an M.P.A. in Natural Resource Policy/Public Lands Policy from Boise State University. His professional experience includes working as a campus webmaster, Idaho State Controller, management analyst, and for the Montana Wildlife Federation and the Planning, Budget and Analysis office for the University of Nevada, Reno.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Bobzien served on the following committees:

Nevada Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Labor, Chair
Transportation
Ways and Means

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Bobzien served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Bobzien served on the following committees:

Issues

Expenditure disclosure

In February 2012, Las Vegas Sun reporter Anjeanette Damon wrote a series of stories detailing the failure by several Democratic legislators to disclose how they spent portions of their campaign money to help pay for expenditures. Damon's first story described how three Assembly Democrats -- Debbie Smith, David Bobzien, and Lucy Flores -- failed to report the expenditure of campaign funds used to pay for rent and living expenses during legislative sessions. The legislators were instructed by the Assembly Democrats' lawyer that they did not have to report spending on expenses related to their public office.[3][4][5]

After Damon's initial report, Assembly Democrats Marcus Conklin, Richard Daly, Peggy Pierce, and Marilyn Dondero-Loop came forward to admit that they had also failed to report expenses after getting the same legal advice. The six lawmakers filed new expense reports that detailed nearly $45,000 in campaign funds that were spent on living expenses such as rent, electronics, house cleaning and supplies, groceries, lunches, and dinners. At the time, Nevada legislators were paid a $736/month housing allowance during a legislative session if they lived more than 50 miles from Carson City. In addition, all legislatures received $154 per diem during a legislative session.[3][4][5]

Martin Dean Dupalo, president of the Nevada Center for Public Ethics, wrote an op-ed piece in the Las Vegas Sun about the failed disclosures. He described the situation as "a purposeful act of withholding mandated public information that was uncovered by a journalist—not reported as part of a broader discussion between legislators and the executive branch, or much less the public."[3][4][5]

Campaign themes

2012

From Bobzien's campaign website:[6]

As your Assemblyman, David pledges:
*To work to get Nevadans back to work so we can get our economy back on track
*To find common sense solutions to our budget crisis that balance our state budget while minimizing the impact on working families, education and other essential services
*To make education a real priority–for our kids and for our economic recovery
*To make safe, quality health care more affordable for all Nevadans

*To make our government more accountable and transparent

Elections

2014

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. Incumbent David Bobzien ran unopposed in the Democratic primary and was unopposed in the general election.[7][8][9]

2012

See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2012

Bobzien won re-election in the 2012 election for Nevada State Assembly, District 24. Bobzien ran unopposed in the June 12 primary election and defeated Heidi Waterman (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[10][11][12][13]

Nevada State Assembly, District 24, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Bobzien Incumbent 68.1% 12,823
     Republican Heidi Waterman 31.9% 6,015
Total Votes 18,838

2010

See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Bobzien won election to the Nevada House of Representatives. He defeated David Love in the June 8 primary by a margin of 2,158-465. Bobzien defeated Monty Johnson (R) in the general election.

Nevada House of Representatives, District 24 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png David Bobzien (D) 8,893
Monty Johnson (R) 4,886

2008

See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Bobzien won re-election to the District 24 Seat in the Nevada Assembly, defeating John Gwaltney.[14]

Bobzien raised $143,143 for his campaign.[15]

Nevada State Assembly, District 24 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png David Bobzien (D) 13,206 68.69%
John Gwaltney 6,020 31.31%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bobzien is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Bobzien raised a total of $592,216 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 25, 2013.[16]

David Bobzien's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nevada State Assembly, District 24 Won $152,315
2010 Nevada State Assembly, District 24 Won $147,177
2008 Nevada State Assembly, District 24 Won $143,143
2006 Nevada State Assembly, District 24 Won $149,581
Grand Total Raised $592,216

2012

Bobzien won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Bobzien raised a total of $152,315.
Nevada State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to David Bobzien's campaign in 2012
Nevada Power Co.$8,500
Nevada State Education Association$5,000
Nevada Association Of Realtors$5,000
MGM Mirage$4,000
Newmont Mining$3,500
Total Raised in 2012$152,315
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Bobzien won re-election to the Nevada House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Bobzien raised a total of $147,177.

2008

Bobzien won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2008. During that election cycle, Bobzien raised a total of $143,143.

2006

Bobzien won election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2006. During that election cycle, Bobzien raised a total of $149,581.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Nevada

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Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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2013

In 2013, the 77th Nevada State Legislature was in session from February 4 through June 4.[17]

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills dealing with government regulations, taxes/fees and individual liberty. Citizen Outreach selected 22 Assembly bills and 32 Senate bills to analyze for its scorecard.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored on their voting record concerning economic freedom and education reform.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on education equity, economic equity, health equity and civil rights.

2011

In 2011, the 76th Nevada State Legislature was in session from February 7 through June 7.[17]

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills dealing with government regulations, taxes/fees, personal responsibility, families and individual liberty. Citizen Outreach selected 31 Assembly bills and 31 Senate bills to analyze for its scorecard.
  • Legislators are scored on their voting record concerning economic freedom and education reform.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes on education, educator salaries, benefits and collective bargaining.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record on bills that are in the interest of southern Nevada.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on education equity, economic equity, health equity and civil rights.

Nevada Policy Research Institute

See also: Nevada Policy Research Institute's Legislative Session Review & Report Card

The Nevada Policy Research Institute, a Nevada-based conservative-libertarian think tank, releases a "Legislative Report Card" evaluating members of the Nevada State Legislature on "each lawmaker's voting record on legislation impacting the degree of economic freedom and education reform." Bills determined by the Institute to be of greater significance are weighted accordingly. According to the Institute, "a legislator with a score above 50 is considered to be an ally of economic liberty".[18]

2011

Bobzien received a score of 32.98% in the 2011 report card, ranking 38th out of all 63 Nevada State Legislature members.[18]

Personal

Bobzien and his wife, Lisa, have two children.

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 City of Reno, "David Bobzien," accessed on December 18, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Reno Gazette-Journal, "Bobzien vows to use new Council post as 'bully pulpit' for education," December 4, 2014
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 cjr.org, "Sun’s Damon Discusses How She Got the Goods on NV Lawmakers," accessed March 16, 2012
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 lasvegassun.com, "Uses for thousands of dollars of campaign funds going undisclosed by Nevada Democrats," Feb. 17, 2012
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 lasvegassun.com, "Assembly Democrats reverse course, disclose spending of campaigns funds," Feb. 23, 2012
  6. David Bobzien, "Issues," accessed October 23, 2012
  7. Nevada Secretary of State, "2014 filed candidates," accessed April 8, 2014
  8. Clark County, "Candidate filing," accessed April 8, 2014
  9. Nevada Secretary of State, "Nevada Primary Election 2014," accessed June 10, 2014
  10. Nevada Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Candidates," accessed May 6, 2014
  11. Clark County, "2012 Primary Candidates," accessed May 6, 2014
  12. Washoe County, "2012 General Election candidates," accessed May 5, 2014
  13. Nevada Secretary of State, "Official Results of the 2012 Primary Election," accessed April 23, 2014
  14. Nevada Secretary of State, "2008 General Election Results," accessed May 5, 2014
  15. Follow the Money, "2008 campaign contributions," accessed May 6, 2014
  16. Follow the Money, "Bobzien, David," accessed June 25, 2013
  17. 17.0 17.1 Nevada State Legislature, "Session Information," accessed July 3, 2014
  18. 18.0 18.1 Nevada Policy Research Institute, "The 2011 Nevada Legislative Session Review & Report Card," accessed May 5, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
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Nevada State Assembly District 24
2007 – December 3, 2014
Succeeded by
N/A
Preceded by
Hillary Schieve
Reno City Council, At-large
December 3, 2014 – Present
Succeeded by
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