Jim Wheeler

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Jim Wheeler
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Nevada State Assembly, District 39
Incumbent
In office
February 4, 2013 - present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 1
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$146.29/day
Per diem$152/per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits6 terms (12 years)
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Air Force
Years of service1975 - 1977
Personal
Place of birthLos Angeles, California
ProfessionBusinessman/former law enforcement
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Jim Wheeler (b. 1953) is a Republican member of the Nevada State Assembly, representing District 39. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

A national media firestorm erupted around Wheeler in October 2013 when remarks he made in August 2013 to the Storey County Republican Party came to light. In the videotape of those remarks, Wheeler relates a story about a time he was asked how far he would go to represent the wishes of his constituents. As Wheeler tells the story, he was asked if he would go so far as to support slavery if his constituents wanted to bring back slavery. Wheeler indicated that his response in that conversation was, "If that’s what they wanted, I’d have to hold my nose, I’d have to bite my tongue and they’d probably have to hold a gun to my head, but yeah … if that’s what the constituency wants that elected me, that’s what they elected me for."[1]

Biography

Wheeler was the Chief Executive Officer of Powerdyne Automotive Products for fifteen years. Later, he served as the general manager of Powerdyne Quarters Horses. He was in the United States Air Force in 1975-1977.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Nevada Committee Assignments, 2013
Judiciary
Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining
Transportation

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Wheeler calls himself "a true believer in fiscal responsibility and minimal government," having signed a "Taxpayer Protection Pledge." He voices support for public education with control at the local level, and a "free market approach" to advancing renewable energy.[2]

Elections

2014

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 be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Incumbent Jim Wheeler defeated Robin Reedy in the Republican primary. Al Giordano is running as an Independent American candidate. Wheeler and Giordano will face off in the general election.[3][4][5]

2012

See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2012

Wheeler ran in the 2012 election for Nevada State Assembly, District 39. Wheeler defeated incumbent Kelly Kite and Gary Roger Schmidt in the June 12 primary election and defeated David Schumann (Independent American) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8][9]

Nevada State Assembly, District 39, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJim Wheeler 74.2% 22,546
     Independent American David Schumann 25.8% 7,842
Total Votes 30,388

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Wheeler is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Wheeler raised a total of $50,093 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 26, 2013.[10]

Jim Wheeler's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nevada State Assembly, District 39 Won $50,093
Grand Total Raised $50,093

2012

Wheeler won election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Wheeler raised a total of $50,093.
Nevada State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Jim Wheeler's campaign in 2012
Starrett, Thomas$3,500
Nevada Association of Realtors$3,000
Park Cattle Ranch$2,500
MGM Mirage$2,500
South Point Hotel & Casino$2,500
Total Raised in 2012$50,093
Source:Follow the Money

Scorecards

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2013

In 2013, the 77th Nevada State Legislature was in session from February 4 through June 4.[11]

  • 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.

Slavery controversy

Reactions

  • Gov. Brian Sandoval: "Assemblyman Wheeler’s comments are deeply offensive and have no place in our society. He should retract his remarks and apologize."[1]
  • U.S. Senator Dean Heller: Wheeler's remarks are "insensitive and wrong."[12]
  • The Democratic caucus of the Nevada State Assembly: The remarks are "reprehensible and disgusting."[12]
  • Nevada State Senate Minority Leader Michael Roberson: The comments are "outrageous, they are embarrassing and they are just plain sad. It’s time for Jim Wheeler to find a new line of work."[12]
  • Michele Fiore, a conservative Republican member of the Nevada State Assembly: "As someone who believes wholeheartedly in listening to our constituents, I’m confident that they would agree with me that there is no place in our society for the comments made by Assemblyman Wheeler who doesn’t even understand that the United States is a republic because we protect the voice of the minority."[1]

Wheeler's statement

On Tuesday, October 28, Wheeler published a statement about his remarks on his website. The statement says:

"The media is having a good time with a clearly facetious statement I made in a town hall meeting earlier this year. They’re attempting to spin an extreme example I used about supporting my constituents to accuse me of being racist. Anybody that knows me knows that’s absurd, and anyone that views the comments in context understands that the whole point of the example is that racism of any kind is something that I find completely unacceptable.

"During the meeting, I was asked how I would vote if I believed one way on an issue,and my constituents believed the opposite. I stated the truth that I believe, which is that in a Representative Republic I’m hired by the people to represent their views. I used an over the top example of something that I absolutely do not agree with, and even mentioned that to get me to vote for such a thing, my constituents would literally have to hold a gun to my head. In reality, that isn’t the case at all. If my constituents wanted to do something as outlandish as bring back an abhorrent system, then I simply couldn’t represent them anymore. They would remove me from office, or I’d have to resign.

"In the bill from the 2013 session that we were discussing, I’d heard from an unusually large number of constituents, and the comments were 3-1 in favor of the bill. That’s a very clear mandate, and it was enough for me to set my opinion aside and represent the voters of District 39. Despite the media spin that claims I don’t think for myself, I give careful consideration to the votes I cast, and I find that 99%of the time my constituents agree with me. That makes sense – they elected me because they know that my beliefs align with theirs.

"Unlike some legislators, I don’t believe that my Assembly seat is a platform for my personal issues. I occupy the people’s seat: it’s my job to represent them faithfully, as I have done. As long as my constituents agree with my positions, I’m confident that they’ll keep hiring me to do the job. And if they ever decided that they wanted me to advocate for an unacceptable issue, they’d have to find somebody else to bring that to the Assembly.

"If my comments were taken with offense by anyone, I sincerely apologize. I intended the statement as an extreme example of something unacceptable, and hope that’s how it’s taken."[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Kelly Kite (R)
Nevada State Assembly District 39
2013–present
Succeeded by
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