Teresa Benitez-Thompson

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Teresa Benitez-Thompson
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Nevada State Assembly, District 27
Incumbent
In office
February 7, 2011 - present
Term ends
  November 9, 2016
Years in position 4
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
State House Co-Assistant Minority Floor Leader
2015-present
Compensation
Base salary$146.29/day
Per diem$152/per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
Term limits6 terms (12 years)
Education
Master'sUniversity of Michigan
Personal
ProfessionSocial worker
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Teresa Benitez-Thompson is a Democratic member of the Nevada State Assembly, representing District 27. She was first elected to the chamber in 2010. As of the 2015 legislative session, Benitez-Thompson serves as Co-Assistant Minority Floor Leader.

Biography

Benitez-Thompson earned her M.A. in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Her professional experience includes working as a hospice social worker and adoption social worker.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Benitez-Thompson served on the following committees:

Nevada Committee Assignments, 2015
Health and Human Services
Taxation
Ways and Means

2013-2014

In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Benitez-Thompson served on the following committees:

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Benitez-Thompson served on the following committees:

Elections

2014

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. Incumbent Teresa Benitez-Thompson ran unopposed in the Democratic primary, while Rex Crouch defeated Rodney Bloom in the Republican primary. Benitez-Thompson defeated Crouch in the general election.[1][2][3]

Nevada State Assembly District 27, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTeresa Benitez-Thompson Incumbent 53.5% 7,793
     Republican Rex Crouch 46.5% 6,766
Total Votes 14,559
Nevada State Assembly, District 27 Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRex Crouch 60.9% 1,555
Rodney Bloom 39.1% 997
Total Votes 2,552

2012

See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2012

Benitez-Thompson ran in the 2012 election for Nevada State Assembly, District 27. Benitez-Thompson ran unopposed in the June 12 primary election and defeated Tom Taber (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5][6][7]

Nevada State Assembly, District 27, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngTeresa Benitez-Thompson Incumbent 57.8% 14,160
     Republican Tom Taber 42.2% 10,356
Total Votes 24,516

2010

See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Benitez-Thompson won election to the Nevada State Assembly. Benitez-Thompson defeated Byllie Andrews in the June 8 primary by a margin of 1,451-1,144. She bested Gabe Jurado (R) in the general election.

Nevada State Assembly, District 27 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Teresa Benitez-Thompson (D) 6,951
Gabe Jurado (R) 3,984

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Benitez-Thompson is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Benitez-Thompson raised a total of $379,249 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 9, 2015.[8]

Teresa Benitez-Thompson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2014 Nevada State Assembly, District 27 Won $136,644
2012 Nevada State Assembly, District 27 Won $123,382
2010 Nevada State Assembly, District 27 Won $119,223
Grand Total Raised $379,249

2014

Benitez-Thompson won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2014. During that election cycle, Benitez-Thompson raised a total of $136,644.
Nevada State Assembly 2014 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Teresa Benitez-Thompson's campaign in 2014
Assembly Democratic Caucus of Nevada$6,500
MGM Resorts International$5,557
Campaign Committee for Jason Frierson$5,000
Switch$5,000
Western Leadership PAC$3,837
Total Raised in 2014$136,644
Source: Follow the Money

2012

Benitez-Thompson won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Benitez-Thompson raised a total of $123,382.

2010

Benitez-Thompson won election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2010. During that election cycle, Benitez-Thompson raised a total of $119,223.

Scorecards

See also: State legislative scorecards and State legislative scorecards in Nevada

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2013

In 2013, the 77th Nevada State Legislature was in session from February 4 through June 4.[9]

  • 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.

2011

In 2011, the 76th Nevada State Legislature was in session from February 7 through June 7.[9]

  • Legislators are scored on their votes on bills dealing with government regulations, taxes/fees, personal responsibility, families and individual liberty. Citizen Outreach selected 31 Assembly bills and 31 Senate bills to analyze for its scorecard.
  • Legislators are scored on their voting record concerning economic freedom and education reform.
  • Legislators are scored based on votes on education, educator salaries, benefits and collective bargaining.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on key conservative issues.
  • Legislators are scored based on their voting record on bills that are in the interest of southern Nevada.
  • Legislators are scored on their votes on education equity, economic equity, health equity and civil rights.

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]

2011

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

Personal

Benitez-Thompson and her husband, Jeff, have three children; with the birth of her third child in April 2013, Benitez-Thompson is considered to be the second Nevada legislator to give birth during a legislative session, following Olivia Diaz in 2011.[11]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Sheila Leslie
Nevada State Assembly District 27
2011- present
Succeeded by
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