Elizabeth Halseth

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Elizabeth Halseth
Elisabeth Halseth.jpg
Nevada State Senate, Clark 9
Former member
In office
2011 - 2012
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Term limitsN/A
Place of birthPortland, OR
ProfessionOwner, Small business
(dead link) Office website
Elizabeth Halseth (b. 1983) is a former Republican member of the Nevada State Senate. She represented the Clark 9 district from 2010 until her resignation on February 17, 2012. Halseth cited an “incredibly difficult private matter”, the need to focus on finding a better-paying job, and her role as a mother of three children as reasons for her resignation.[1]


Halseth's family has lived in Nevada for five decades and she says that she became interested in public service "...when I was five years old. My mother worked in a nursing home, and I enjoyed going to work with her and spending time talking with the residents. As I was just beginning my journey through life, I was blessed to learn from the wisdom of people who had already seen and done so much in their lives. The lessons they had learned inspired me to make the most of my own journey, and leave this world better than how I had found it."

Halseth's motivation for running in 2010 was partly based on the fact that unemployment is higher in Nevada than in any other state and she wants to put policies in place to remedy that, she said: "Decisions made in Carson City affect my family and every family throughout the state. These decisions shouldn’t be made by a legislature full of professors and lawyers and career politicians. We need legislators who will actually feel the impact of the laws they write...This recession has cost our state more than any other state in the country, but by learning the lessons of the past two years, we can choose to change course and restore Nevada’s strong, pro-business tradition. I pledge to champion that tradition in Carson City and build a healthier future for our state’s economy."

Committee assignments


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


Presidential preference


See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Elizabeth Halseth endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [2]

Campaign themes


Halseth's campaign focused on policies in the areas of:

  • Education. Halseth's website mentions a strong commitment to education and proposes three reforms, including making sure that education dollars go into the classroom, school choice, and implementing effective performance measurements.
  • Taxes and spending: "Raising taxes is NOT an option!! Nevada can no longer afford to be governed by politicians who binge on tax dollars. Lean times create a necessity to examine programs to determine their effectiveness and value."
  • Economic growth. Halseth says she will "fight against job killing regulations and tax increases and "support tax reductions to help spur development and job creation."
  • Public safety: "As a mother raising a family their safety is my primary concern. So should the safety of all Nevada families be the State of Nevada’s primary concern. I will protect Nevada’s families as fiercely as I protect my own."
  • Healthcare: "The ability of one to choose their own doctors and make their own medical decisions is crucial to preserving personal liberty. I will oppose any attempts at government run healthcare at the state and/or federal level."



See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Halseth won election to the Clark County District 9 in the Nevada State Senate, defeating Benny Yerushalmi and Tom Jones.[3]

Nevada State Senate, Clark 9 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Elizabeth Halseth (R) 41,658
Benny Yerushalmi (D) 37,152
Tom Jones (I) 4,575

2010 Primary

Halseth defeated incumbent Dennis Nolan in the June 8, 2010 Republican primary by a margin of 9,197-6,973. Nolan was seeking his third term.

Across the country in 2010, state senate elections were held in 43 states. 1,167 state senate seats were at stake. In all 1,167 state senate districts with an election in 2010, only 19 challengers (12 Democrats and 7 Republicans) defeated an incumbent state senator. Halseth is one of the 7 Republican challengers who defeated an incumbent Republican state senator.



  • Keystone Corporation
  • National Rifle Association A Rating
  • Las Vegas Tribune
  • Action Is Brewing
  • * Grassroots Nevada
  • Silver State Republicans PAC
  • Nevada Concerned Citizens
  • Veterans In Politics
  • Paulseen Financial Group
  • LaVoce
  • Builders Association of Western Nevada
  • Police Officers for Elizabeth Halseth
  • Healthcare Professionals for Elizabeth Halseth
  • Todd Duncan, author, leadership trainer and speaker: ""Elizabeth Halseth's candidacy deserves the greatest support. It has been my privilege to have worked with Elizabeth; her conservative credentials and her extraordinary experience in serving the community is most commendable and demonstrates her servant leadership. Elizabeth Halseth is an outstanding role model and a principled leader dedicated to advancing Nevada."
  • The Nevada Innovative Coalition for Education
  • Grant Cardone, real estate CEO, author, Fox & Friends contributor
  • Dave Anderson, President of LearnToLead and author: "Elizabeth Halseth is a servant leader who focuses on the people. She is a strong conservative who believes we must stop being politically correct and start doing things correctly. Elizabeth is bold, refreshing and posses the leadership traits needed to guide Nevada in the right direction."
  • "Joe the Plumber" (Samuel Joseph Wurzelbacher)

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Halseth was up for re-election, she collected $3,079 in donations.[4]

No contributions were over $1,000.


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".[5]


Halseth received a score of 88.15% in the 2011 report card, ranking 4th out of all 63 Nevada State Legislature members.[5] Senators Don Gustavson (89.10), Greg Brower (88.63), and Michael Roberson (88.63) received higher scores. Halseth's score was followed by Senator James Settelmeyer (87.68).[6]


Halseth is divorced and has three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Dennis Nolan
Nevada State Senate Clark 9
Succeeded by