Randy Kirner

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Randy Kirner
Nevada State Assembly District 26
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 electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits6 terms (12 years)
Bachelor'sNorth Georgia College
Master'sGeorgia State University
ProfessionRetired business executive
Office website
Campaign website
Randy Kirner is a Republican member of the Nevada State Assembly, representing District 26. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. As of the 2013 session, Kirner serves as Minority Policy Coordinator.


Kirner earned his M.S. in management information systems from Georgia State University, his MBA from Georgia State University, and his B.S. in business administration from North Georgia College.

Kirner's professional experience includes the following; vice president of human resources at International Game Technology, Wyle Electronics, and Allergan Medical Optics; and corporate compensation director at American Hospital Supply Corporation. He was also an army ranger.

Committee assignments


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

Nevada Committee Assignments, 2013
Ways and Means


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Kirner served on these committees:


Campaign themes


Kirner's campaign website highlights the following issues:[1]

The Economy

  • Excerpt: "The question remains the same for me, that is, as we prepare for the 2015 legislative session what policies can we pursue that will encourage job growth in Nevada. Enormous variables such as Federal funding, the Affordable Care Act, ever present education issues, several ballot measures, what to do with the so-called “sunset taxes” and their consequences foretell a very complex 2015 session."

Federal Funding

  • Excerpt: "It would be an understatement to say the recent federal battles around the debt ceiling and federal spending suggest political volatility. Sequestration and the government shutdown have had their impact on Nevada. We should expect our next legislative session to likely be faced with continued reductions in federal funding streams affecting education, healthcare (outside of the Affordable Care Act), and other grant-based programs."


  • Excerpt: "Obamacare or the Affordable Care Act is a dismal failure. It was intended to cover the uninsured and that goal has not been achieved. Indeed, the majority of the seven million newly insured under the ACA are those that had insurance and lost it for a more expensive version. Here in Nevada, we opted for a state run exchange. I believe that was the right decision. I believe we should keep jobs in Nevada for Nevadans. Nonetheless, our exchange has experienced the same problems as the federal exchange and it too has been disastrous. There is a petition seeking to end the Silver State Exchange though the exchange does not take any money from the state and we either have the federal exchange or a state exchange by law. All Silver State Exchange administrative funds are paid by the insurance companies. The real concern should be focused on the expansion of Medicaid. We are seeing over-enrollment and with federal funding decreasing over time, the debate now has to turn to the economic impact in the coming years. This will be my focus."


  • Excerpt: "Several very important Interim studies are underway. The Distributive School Account funding formula is being studied and likely will bring changes especially as special needs and English Language Learners are factored into the formula. Community College structure and whether it remains part of the Nevada System of Higher Education or not will greatly impact funding. Likewise, here in Washoe County the saga of capital spending needs will continue. As the Common Core is argued while implementation proceeds, the role of assessments, the shift away from the High School Proficiency Exam, all suggest education will continue to be a leading theme in 2015."



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 Randy Kirner defeated Lisa Krasner and Robb Archie in the Republican primary. Independent American candidate Sally Zamora withdrew from the race before the primary. Kirner and Krasner will face off in the general election.[2][3][4]

Note: In the Nevada primary system, the top two vote-getters from the same party will advance to the general election if the winner has less than 50% of the vote and if there are no other major party or Independent American Party candidates registered.


See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2012

Kirner ran in the 2012 election for Nevada State Assembly, District 26. Kirner ran unopposed in the June 12 primary election and defeated Rodney Petzak (D) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7][8]

Nevada State Assembly, District 26, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRandy Kirner Incumbent 60.8% 19,926
     Democratic Rodney R. Petzak 39.2% 12,872
Total Votes 32,798


See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Kirner won election to the Nevada House of Representatives. Kirner defeated Robb Archie, Ellie Lopez-Bowlan, and Jim Pilzner in the June 8 primary election. He bested Angie Taylor (D) and Gregory Miller (Independent American) in the general election.

Nevada House of Representatives, District 26 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Randy Kirner (R) 16,264
Angie Taylor (D) 11,650
Gregory Miller (I) 1,306

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kirner is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Kirner raised a total of $322,429 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 25, 2013.[9]

Randy Kirner's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nevada State Assembly, District 26 Won $122,113
2010 Nevada State Assembly, District 26 Won $200,316
Grand Total Raised $322,429


Kirner won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Kirner raised a total of $122,113.
Nevada State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Randy Kirner's campaign in 2012
Retail Association of Nevada$6,000
International Gaming Technology$5,500
Nevada Association of Realtors$5,000
Nevada Home Builders Association$3,500
Total Raised in 2012$122,113
Source:Follow the Money


Kirner won election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2010. During that election cycle, Kirner raised a total of $200,316.


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]


Kirner received a score of 51.93% in the 2011 report card, ranking 20th out of all 63 Nevada State Legislature members.[10]

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Preceded by
Tyrus Cobb (R)
Nevada State Assembly District 26
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