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Nevada State Assembly District 19

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Nevada State Assembly District 19
Current incumbentChris Edwards Republican Party
Race74.98% White, 7.97% Black, 1.83% American Indian or Alaskan Native, 4.66% Asian, 1.01% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, 9.43% Some other race alone, 4.23% Two or More Races[1]
Ethnicity77.76% Not Hispanic or Latino (of any race), 22.24% Hispanic or Latino (of any race)
Voting age74.90% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Nevada's nineteenth state assembly district is represented by Republican Representative Chris Edwards.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 64,630 civilians reside within Nevada's nineteenth state assembly district.[2] Nevada state assembly members represent an average of 64,299 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 47,339 residents.[4]

About the office

Members of the Nevada State Assembly serve two-year terms with term limits.[5] Nevada legislators assume office the day after the election. The Nevada legislature is biennial, convening only in odd-numbered years.


To be eligible to serve in the Nevada State Assembly, a candidate must be:[6]

  • 21 years old at the time of the election
  • A citizen resident of the State of Nevada for one year preceding this election
  • A resident of the district for a period of 30 days next preceding closing date for filing as a candidate


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the legislature are paid $146.29/day for a maximum of 60 days. Legislators inside the 50-mile Capitol area receive the federal rate for per diem while those outside the area receive the HUD single-room rate for each month of session for housing.[7]

The Nevada Constitution specifies that the 63 members of the state Legislature are to be paid for the first 60 days of each regular session, held every other year in odd-numbered years. The pay for the 21 Senators and 42 members of the Assembly is tied to pay increases provided to state employees.

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

The Nevada legislature is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Nevada Term Limits Act in 1996. That initiative said that Nevada representatives are subject to term limits of no more than six two-year terms, or a total of twelve years.[5]

The first year that the term limits enacted in 1996 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office is in 2010.


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the assembly, then the Board of County Commissioners in the county representing the seat must decide on a replacement. The Board of County Commissioners must select a person from the same political party that last held the seat when making its decision. If the vacancy happens before the next legislative session and an election for county officers is scheduled, no replacement is named.[8]



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. James Zygadlo ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Chris Edwards defeated Laura Bledsoe and Frank Tavares in the Republican primary. Donald Hendon ran as a Libertarian candidate. Edwards defeated Zygadlo and Hendon in the general election.[9][10][11]

Nevada State Assembly District 19, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngChris Edwards 65.1% 8,503
     Democratic James Zygadlo 29.9% 3,900
     Libertarian Donald Hendon 5% 659
Total Votes 13,062
Nevada State Assembly, District 19 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngChris Edwards 58.7% 1,690
Laura Bledsoe 36.7% 1,057
Frank Tavares 4.6% 132
Total Votes 2,879


See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Nevada State Assembly consisted of a primary election on June 12, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 16, 2012. Incumbent Cresent Hardy (R) defeated Felipe Rodriguez (D) in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the June 12 primary elections.[12][13][14][15]

Nevada State Assembly, District 19, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngCresent Hardy Incumbent 56.6% 13,152
     Democratic Felipe Rodriguez 43.4% 10,090
Total Votes 23,242

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Nevada State Assembly District 19 have raised a total of $704,370. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $39,132 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Nevada State Assembly District 19
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $169,875 2 $84,938
2010 $199,032 7 $28,433
2008 $93,103 2 $46,552
2006 $93,517 2 $46,759
2004 $88,744 2 $44,372
2002 $60,099 3 $20,033
Total $704,370 18 $39,132

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