Bill Raggio

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Bill Raggio
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Nevada State Senate Washoe 3 District
Former member
Term in office began
1972
Term in office ended
January 15, 2011
Political party Republican
Profession Attorney
Bill Raggio (b. October 30, 1926) is a former Republican member of the Nevada State Senate.

Raggio joined the Nevada State Senate in 1972 and served in that position until his resignation on January 15, 2011. He also served as an alternate on the Legislative Commission from 1985 to 1988 and from 1991 to 1993. He was a member of the Legislative Commission from 1973 to 1975 and from 1977 to 1997. Raggio was Senate Minority Floor Leader from 1977 to 1979, 1983 to 1986, and in 1991 and 2009. He was Majority Floor Leader from 1987 to 1989 and from 1993 to the present. He currently represents the Washoe 3 District. He is also currently a member of the Washoe County Republican State Central Committee. Senator Raggio is currently (2010) the Senate Minority Leader. In a poll by The Ralston Report, Raggio has been named the most effective state legislator several times.[1] In respect to mining, Senator Raggio stated he does not support pre-paying taxes.[2]

Raggio attended Lousiana Tech, the University of Oklahoma, and Boalt Hall College of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He then earned his BA from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1948. He went on to receive his J.D. from Hastings College of Law at the University of California in 1951.

Raggio served in the United States National Reserve. He was Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1944 to 1946. He then worked as Assistant District Attorney for Washoe County, Nevada, from 1952 to 1958. He was also District Attorney for Washoe County, Nevada, from 1958 to 1970. Raggio was an attorney for Raggio, Wooster and Linder from 1980 to 1981. He then worked as Senior Partner for Vargas-Bartlett from 1991 to 1998. He has been an attorney for Jonas-Vargas Law Firm since 1998. He is also currently Director for the Archon Corporation. Twice Raggio has been named in the Ten Most Influential Person in the State of Nevada survey by the Las Vegas Sun.[1]

On Jan. 5, 2011, Raggio announced he would resign as Senator effective Jan. 15, 2011. Raggio said the primary reason he was leaving office was mobility problems.[3]

Committee assignments

While in the Nevada State Senate, Raggio served on the following committees:

Elections

2008

On November 4, 2008, Raggio won re-election to the Washoe 3 District Seat in the Nevada State Senate, defeating opponents Jade Zahreddine and Gary Feero.[4]

Nevada State Senate, Washoe 3 District (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Bill Raggio (R) 34,062 63.05%
Jade Zahreddine 16,232 30.04%
Gary Feero 3,733 6.91%


2004

On November 2, 2004, Raggio won re-election to the Washoe 3 District Seat in the Nevada State Senate, defeating opponents Cameron Crain and Gary Feero.[5]

Nevada State Senate, Washoe 3 District (2004)
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Bill Raggio (R) 33,093 67.64%
Cameron Crain 13,448 27.49%
Gary Feero 2,383 4.87%

2000

In November 2000, Raggio won re-election to the Washoe 3 District Seat in the Nevada State Senate, defeating Lois Avery.[6]

Nevada State Senate, Washoe 3 District (2000)
Candidates Votes Percent


Green check mark transparent.png Bill Raggio (R) 27,868 76.09%
Lois Avery 8,751 23.89%

Campaign donors

In 2008, Raggio collected $596,779 in donations.[7]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Associated General Contractors $16,000
Station Casinos $10,000
Wynn Las Vegas $10,000
Cantor Gaming $10,000
Nevada Association of Realtors $10,000

Personal

Raggio and his wife, Dale, have three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Nevada Senate, Washoe 3 District
1972–January 15, 2011
Succeeded by
Greg Brower