David Parks

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David R. Parks
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Nevada State Senate, District 7
Incumbent
In office
2009 - present
Term ends
November 9, 2016
Years in position 5
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
President Pro Tempore, Nevada State Senate
2013 - present
Compensation
Base salary$146.29/day
Per diem$152/per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits3 terms (12 years)
Prior offices
Nevada State Assembly
1997 - 2007
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of New Hampshire, 1967
Master'sUniversity of Nevada, Las Vegas, 1974
Personal
BirthdayDecember 22, 1943
Place of birthBoston, Massachusetts
ProfessionConsultant
ReligionUnitarian
Websites
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
David R. Parks (b. December 23, 1943) is a Democratic member of the Nevada State Senate, representing District 7. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. As of the 2013 session, Parks serves as State Senate President Pro Tempore.

Parks served in the Nevada State Assembly from 1997 to 2007, during which time he served as Assistant Majority Floor Leader. In 1999, he was Democratic Assistant Majority Whip.

Biography

Parks earned his B.S. from the University of New Hampshire in 1967 and his M.B.A. from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 1974. His professional experience includes working as a city budget officer and director, county management analyst and a consultant. Parks served in the United States Air Force from 1967 to 1971.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Nevada Committee Assignments, 2013
Finance
Government Affairs, Chair
Revenue and Economic Development, Vice Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Parks served on this committees:

Elections

2012

See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2012

Parks ran in the 2012 election for Nevada State Senate, District 7. Parks ran unopposed in the June 12 primary election and defeated Trish Marsh (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2][3][4]

Nevada State Senate, District 7, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Parks Incumbent 64.2% 25,567
     Republican Trish Marsh 35.8% 14,285
Total Votes 39,852

2008

See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Parks won election to the Clark 7 Senatorial District Seat in the Nevada State Senate, defeating Nicole Madsen.[5]

Nevada State Senate, Clark 7 District (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png David Parks (D) 38,200 68.06%
Nicole Madsen 17,926 31.94%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Parks is available dating back to 1996. Based on available campaign finance records, Parks raised a total of $805,252 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 13, 2013.[6]

David Parks's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nevada State Senate, District 7 Won $80,003
2008 Nevada State Senate, Clark 7 District Won $182,173
2006 Nevada State Assembly, District 41 Won $128,628
2004 Nevada State Assembly, District 41 Won $137,529
2002 Nevada State Assembly, District 41 Won $65,771
2000 Nevada State Assembly, District 41 Won $96,397
1998 Nevada State Assembly, District 41 Won $55,688
1996 Nevada State Assembly, District 41 Won $59,063
Grand Total Raised $805,252

2012

Parks won re-election to the Nevada State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Parks raised a total of $80,003.
Nevada State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to David Parks's campaign in 2012
South Point Hotel & Casino$5,000
MGM Mirage$5,000
Boyd Gaming$5,000
Cantor Fitzgerald LP$2,500
Anthem, Inc$2,500
Total Raised in 2012$80,003
Source:Follow the Money

2008

Parks won election to the Nevada State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Parks raised a total of $80,003.

2006

Parks won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2006. During that election cycle, Parks raised a total of $128,628.

2004

Parks won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2004. During that election cycle, Parks raised a total of $137,529.

2002

Parks won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2002. During that election cycle, Parks raised a total of $65,771.

2000

Parks won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2000. During that election cycle, Parks raised a total of $96,397.

1998

Parks won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 1998. During that election cycle, Parks raised a total of $55,688.

1996

Parks won election to the Nevada State Assembly in 1996. During that election cycle, Parks raised a total of $59,063.

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.[7]

  • 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.[7]

  • 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".[8]

2011

Parks received a score of 33.18% in the 2011 report card, ranking 35th out of all 63 Nevada State Legislature members.[8]

Personal

Parks served on the Paradise Town Advisory Board from 1991 to 1996; he chaired this board from 1992 to 1996. He was also on the Community District 89109 Leadership Council from 1993 to 1996.

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Preceded by
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Nevada State Senate, Clark 7 District
2009–present
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