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Ellen Spiegel

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Ellen Spiegel
Nevada State Assembly, District 20
In office
February 4, 2013 - present
Term ends
  November 9, 2016
Years in position 2
Base salary$146.29/day
Per diem$152/per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Term limits6 terms (12 years)
Prior offices
Nevada Assembly, District 21
Bachelor'sCornell University
ProfessionBusiness Owner/Consultant
Office website
Campaign website
Ellen B. Spiegel is a Democratic member of the Nevada State Assembly, representing District 20. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Spiegel earned her B.S. from Cornell University. Her professional experience includes working as a business owner and consultant.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Nevada Committee Assignments, 2015
Government Affairs
Health and Human Services


In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Spiegel served on the following committees:


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


Campaign themes


Spiegel's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

Education: "...Today, Ellen is interested in ensuring that our schools are funded equitably and increasing transparency associated with school funding -- at every level in the K-16 system."

Economy: "Ellen was in Henderson on 9/11/01 and remembers the aftermath. 'Tourism stopped completely. I remember walking into the MGM to buy show tickets and being the only customer in the lobby. Those days, there was no traffic on the strip, and our economy was dying. It was one of the eeriest experiences I've ever had, and I was apprehensive about our recovery. This told me that our long-term economic success requires our attracting additional businesses and industries. We can and must do this in a way that strengthens our current businesses.'"

Traffic: "...Traffic threatens our quality of life and also has a negative impact on tourism. We have an estimated $3.8 Billion shortfall in highway construction funds. Ellen Barre Spiegel says, 'As we continue to grow our population and increase tourism, we must develop, fund and implement a comprehensive transportation plan. We cannot afford to ignore this issue.'"

Housing/mortgage crisis: "Ellen feels that homeowners who are facing foreclosure on homes that they occupy should be given assistance, and she supports expansion of programs for first time and second chance homeowners. She also feels that people who take advantage of these programs should be required to repay the state at some point in the future, either when they refinance or when they sell the home so that the state can recoup its investment and have money to continue these programs in the future...."



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 Ellen Spiegel ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Carol Linton was unopposed in the Republican primary. Spiegel defeated Linton in the general election.[2][3][4]

Nevada State Assembly District 20, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEllen Spiegel Incumbent 54.3% 5,664
     Republican Carol Linton 45.7% 4,774
Total Votes 10,438


See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2012

Spiegel won election in the 2012 election for Nevada State Assembly, District 20. Spiegel defeated Gloria Bonaventura and Kent L. Ivey in the June 12 primary election and defeated Eric Mendoza (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7][8]

Nevada State Assembly, District 20, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngEllen Spiegel 61.1% 12,894
     Republican Eric Mendoza 38.9% 8,218
Total Votes 21,112


See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2010

Spiegel was defeated by Mark Sherwood in the November 2, 2010, general election. Spiegel did not have any opposition in the June 8 primary.


See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2008

In 2008 Spiegel had no primary race and won the general election to the District 21 Seat in the Nevada Assembly, defeating Jon Ozark by just 366 votes.[9]

Spiegel raised $138,928 for her campaign.[10]

Nevada State Assembly, District 21 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ellen Spiegel (D) 10,719 50.87%
Jon Ozark 10,353 49.13%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Spiegel is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Spiegel raised a total of $439,378 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 25, 2013.[11]

Ellen Spiegel's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nevada State Assembly, District 20 Won $117,340
2010 Nevada State Assembly, District 21 Defeated $183,110
2008 Nevada State Assembly, District 21 Won $138,928
Grand Total Raised $439,378


Spiegel won election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Spiegel raised a total of $117,340.
Nevada State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ellen Spiegel's campaign in 2012
Nevada State Education Association$8,500
Terra West Collections Group LLC d/b/a Assessment Management Services$5,000
Clark County Education Association$5,000
Southwest Regional Council Of Carpenters$4,220
Emily's List$3,500
Total Raised in 2012$117,340
Source:Follow the Money


Spiegel lost the election for the Nevada State Assembly in 2010. During that election cycle, Spiegel raised a total of $183,110.


Spiegel won election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2008. During that election cycle, Spiegel raised a total of $138,928.


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

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

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.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Nevada scorecards, email suggestions to

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In 2013, the 77th Nevada State Legislature was in session from February 4 through June 4.[12]

  • 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.


Spiegel has a husband, Bill.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Cresent Hardy (R)
Nevada State Assembly District 20
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Nevada State Assembly District 21
Succeeded by
Mark Sherwood (R)