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|U.S. House, Nevada, District 4|
|Bachelor's||University of Nevada Las Vegas|
After earning his bachelor's degree at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Tarkanian went on to complete his law degree at the University of San Diego. He is a small business owner in Las Vegas, where he also runs the Tarkanian Basketball Academy, a non-profit organization focused on working with at-risk youth. He is the son of former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian and current Las Vegas City Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian.
Tarkanian ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Nevada's 4th District.. Tarkanian narrowly edged out Barbara Cegavske and Kenneth Wegner for the Republican nomination on June 12, 2012. He faced Steven Horsford (D), Joseph P. Silvestri (L), and Floyd Fitzgibbons (IAP) in the general election on November 6, 2012.
The Las Vegas Sun reports that in early October, the FDIC began seizing property in Nevada belonging to the Tarkanian family. The land was collateral for a real estate investment in California that fell through during the economic crisis. Since the land had greater value in 2007 than it does now, the Tarkanians owe some 17 million dollars on the deal. Candidate Danny Tarkanian insists that the family will settle this matter in court, and that they will not need to file bankruptcy.
The Tarkanian debt has become an issue in Steven Horsford's campaign against Danny Tarkanian in the new 4th Congressional District. The Sun reports that after the debt development, Tarkanian attacked Horsford's personal financial record, claiming that he repeatedly failed to pay his bills as a young man. Tarkanian insisted that his family's struggles are a direct result of the huge financial downturn of 2008.
|U.S. House, Nevada District 4 General Election, 2012|
|Libertarian||Joseph P. Silvestri||3.9%||9,341|
|Independent American Party of Nevada||Floyd Fitzgibbons||3.9%||9,389|
|Source: Nevada Secretary of State "U.S. House of Representatives Results"|
|Nevada's 4th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012|
|Robert X. Leeds||0.7%||165|
|Danny Tarkanian vs. Steven Horsford|
|Poll||Danny Tarkanian||Steven Horsford||Other||Undecided||Margin of Error||Sample Size|
(September 20, 2012)
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|U.S. House of Representatives, Nevada's 4th Congressional District, 2012 - Danny Tarkanian Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by Election Winner||$1,718,991|
|Total Spent by Election Winner||$1,705,210|
|Top contributors to Danny Tarkanian's campaign committee|
|Hovnanian Property Management||$12,500|
|Battle Born PAC||$10,000|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
Tarkanian has four children with his wife, Amy. They live in Las Vegas, NV.
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- Politico, "2012 Election Map, Nevada," accessed November 7, 2012
- Danny Tarkanian for Congress, "About Danny Tarkanian" April 16, 2012
- Pahrump Valley Times, "Schwartz, Wegner join four-way GOP race for Congress" accessed February 4, 2012 (dead link)
- C-SPAN Campaign 2012 "Nevada Primary Results," June 12, 2012
- Nevada Secretary of State, "2012 Congressional primary results," accessed May 5, 2014
- Las Vegas Sun, "FDIC sets out to seize Tarkanian family’s Nevada assets" accessed October 18, 2012
- Las Vegas Sun, "Horsford-Tarkanian bout for Congress dominated by debt issues " accessed October 18, 2012
- Open Secrets, "Danny Tarkanian 2012 Election Cycle," accessed March 21, 2013
- Official Facebook Page, "Info" accessed February 4, 2012