Bill Raggio

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Bill Raggio
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Nevada State Senate Washoe 3 District
Former member
In office
1972-January 15, 2011
PartyRepublican
Leadership
Majority Floor Leader, Nevada State Senate
1987-1989; 1993-2011
Minority Floor Leader, Nevada State Senate
1977-1979, 1983-1986, 1991, 2009
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nevada, Reno, 1948
J.D.University of California, 1951
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Marine Corps Reserve
Years of service1944 - 1946
Personal
ProfessionAttorney
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Bill Raggio (b. October 30, 1926) is a former Republican member of the Nevada State Senate, representing Washoe 3 from 1972 to January 15, 2011. Raggio said the primary reason he resigned was because of mobility problems.[1]

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 2011.[2]

In a poll by The Ralston Report, Raggio was named the most effective state legislator several times.[3]

Biography

Raggio earned his B.A. from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1948 and his J.D. from Hastings College of Law at the University of California in 1951. His professional experience includes working as Assistant District Attorney for Washoe County, Nevada, from 1952 to 1958, as District Attorney for Washoe County, Nevada, from 1958 to 1970, as an attorney for Raggio, Wooster and Linder from 1980 to 1981, as Senior Partner for Vargas-Bartlett from 1991 to 1998 and as an attorney for Jonas-Vargas Law Firm since 1998. Raggio served in the United States National Reserve. He was Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1944 to 1946.[2]

Committee assignments

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

Elections

2008

See also: Nevada State Senate 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 (D) and Gary Feero (Independent American).[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 (D) 16,232 30.04%
Gary Feero (IA) 3,733 6.91%

2004

See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2004

On November 2, 2004, Raggio won re-election to the Washoe 3 District Seat in the Nevada State Senate, defeating opponents Cameron Crain (D) and Gary Feero (Independent American).[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 (D) 13,448 27.49%
Gary Feero (IA) 2,383 4.87%

2000

See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2000

In November 2000, Raggio won re-election to the Washoe 3 District Seat in the Nevada State Senate, defeating Lois Avery (I).[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 (I) 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.[2]

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