Joyce Woodhouse

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Joyce Woodhouse
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Nevada State Senate, District 5
In office
2007 - 2010, February 4, 2013 - present
Term ends
November 9, 2016
Years in position (current service)1
Years in position (previous service)3
Base salary$146.29/day
Per diem$152/per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits3 terms (12 years)
Office website
Joyce Woodhouse is a Democratic member of the Nevada State Senate, representing District 5. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Woodhouse served in the Nevada State Senate previously, representing District 5 from 2007 to 2010.


Woodhouse earned her B.A. in Elementary Education from Carroll College in 1966 and her M.A. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1983. She earned another M.A. in Educational Administration in 1987. Now retired, Woodhouse's professional experience includes working as a Program Administrator for Clark County School District.

Committee assignments


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

Nevada Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce, Labor and Energy
Education, Chair
Finance, Vice Chair


Campaign themes


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

Fighting for Nevada's Children: ."..we need a plan to put Nevadans back to work, provide funding for our schools, and restore faith in state government."

Promoting Clean Energy: ."..We can put people to work by harnessing out natural resources. This includes creating tax incentives for private industry and developing public-private partnerships to build renewable energy plants. We can also change building standards and zoning laws to give green incentives for builders and contractors."

Strengthening Our Schools: ."..We must balance our budget responsibly and not cut funding for education. We must also work to make our schools more productive places: we must reduce class sizes so that teachers can teach and not focus all their time and energy on crowd control. And we must find ways to fairly pay our teachers , while improving student performance...."

Eliminating Corruption in Government: ."..I want to restore fairness in government, so Nevadans can be proud of their government. That begins with creating a new ethics commission that is an independent body, not controlled by the legislature or the executive branch...."



See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2012

Woodhouse won election in the 2012 election for Nevada State Senate, District 5. Woodhouse ran unopposed in the June 12 primary election and defeated Steve Kirk (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2] [3][4][5]

Nevada State Senate, District 5, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngJoyce Woodhouse 52% 26,520
     Republican Steve Kirk 48% 24,524
Total Votes 51,044


See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2010

Woodhouse ran for re-election to the Clark 5(B) District seat in 2010. She had no primary opposition. Woodhouse was defeated in the November 2, 2010 general election.[6]


See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Woodhouse won election to the Clark 5 Senatorial District Seat in the Nevada State Senate, defeating opponents Tiffany Sandra and Tim Hagan.[7]

Nevada State Senate, Clark 5 District (2006)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Joyce Woodhouse (D) 29,969 47.63%
Tiffany Sandra 28,162 44.75%
Tim Hagan 4,795 7.62%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Woodhouse is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Woodhouse raised a total of $811,482 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 13, 2013.[8]

Joyce Woodhouse's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nevada State Senate, District 5 Won $169,037
2010 Nevada State Senate, Clark 5 Defeated $452,970
2008 Nevada State Senate, Clark 5 Not up for election $4,888
2006 Nevada State Senate, Clark 5 Won $184,587
Grand Total Raised $811,482


Woodhouse won election to the Nevada State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Woodhouse raised a total of $169,037.
Nevada State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Joyce Woodhouse's campaign in 2012
Committee To Elect Mo Denis$9,000
Emily's List$7,500
Debbie Smith Campaign$6,000
South Point Hotel & Casino$5,000
International Brotherhood Of Teamsters$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$169,037
Source:Follow the Money


Woodhouse lost the election for the Nevada State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Woodhouse raised a total of $452,970.


Woodhouse was not up for election to the Nevada State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Woodhouse raised a total of $4,888.


Woodhouse won election to the Nevada State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Woodhouse raised a total of $184,587.


Woodhouse is married to her husband, Al.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Shirley Breeden (D)
Nevada State Senate District 5
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Nevada State Senate Clark 5 District
Succeeded by
Michael Roberson (R)