Irene Bustamante Adams

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Irene Bustamante Adams
Nevada State Assembly, District 42
In office
February 7, 2011 - present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 3
Base salary$146.29/day
Per diem$152/per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits6 terms (12 years)
Bachelor'sCalifornia State University
Office website
Campaign website
Irene Bustamante Adams (b. 1968) is a Democratic member of the Nevada State Assembly, representing District 42. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Bustamante Adams earned her B.S. from California State University and her E.M.B.A. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her professional experience includes working as a consultant and business executive.

Committee assignments


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

Nevada Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Labor
Government Affairs
Taxation, Chair


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


Campaign themes


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

My family regularly volunteers at a senior center, and like so many people today, I worry about the health care needs of my aging parents. We need to improve access to health care, particularly for children and seniors.

There is nothing more important than getting Nevadans back to work. I have worked for the past several years to create more job opportunities for small businesses. Building our economy to create jobs and stabilizing our housing market by reducing the number of foreclosures are my top priorities. In the Assembly, I will work to make Nevada a transportation, manufacturing and distribution hub of the West. We must also continue to create jobs through road and building projects and renewable energy development.

We need to do more to prepare our students for today's jobs, improve career and technical education opportunities, and help every student reach his or her academic potential. As a legislator, I will focus on ways to recruit, reward, and retain effective teachers and principals, especially where they are needed most.

We cannot afford waste and lack of transparency at any level of government. I will fight for increased transparency of state spending and efficiency in every state agency that our tax dollars are being spent wisely.



See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Nevada State Assembly will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 10, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Incumbent Irene Bustamante Adams ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Howard Scheff is running as an Independent American candidate. Adams and Scheff will face off in the general election.[2][3][4]


See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2012

Bustamante Adams won re-election in the 2012 election for Nevada State Assembly, District 42. Bustamante Adams defeated Kevin L. Child in the June 12 Democratic primary and defeated Robert Mcentee (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7][8]

Nevada State Assembly, District 42, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngIrene Bustamante Adams Incumbent 67.1% 11,182
     Republican Robert Mcentee 32.9% 5,493
Total Votes 16,675


See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Bustamante won election to the Nevada House of Representatives, defeating Kathryn Njus (R). Bustamante defeated Sam Christos, Kyle Greenwood, and Donald Hauth in the June 8 primary election.

Nevada House of Representatives, District 42 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Irene Bustamante (D) 5,629
Kathryn Njus (R) 3,201

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Adams is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Adams raised a total of $212,278 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 26, 2013.[9]

Irene Bustamante Adams's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nevada State Assembly, District 42 Won $123,617
2010 Nevada State Assembly, District 42 Won $88,661
Grand Total Raised $212,278


Adams won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Adams raised a total of $123,617.
Nevada State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Irene Bustamante Adams's campaign in 2012
Nevada Association of Realtors$5,000
MGM Mirage$4,000
Cash America International$4,000
NV Energy$3,079
Caesars Entertainment$3,000
Total Raised in 2012$123,617
Source:Follow the Money


Adams won election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2010. During that election cycle, Adams raised a total of $88,661.


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".[10]


Bustamante-Adams received a score of 32.98% in the 2011 report card, ranking 38th out of all 63 Nevada State Legislature members.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Harry Mortenson (D)
Nevada State Assembly District 42
2011- present
Succeeded by