Don Gustavson

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Don G. Gustavson
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Nevada State Senate, District 14
Incumbent
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
November 2014
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
Compensation
Base salary$146.29/day
Per diem$152/per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms (12 years)
Prior offices
Nevada State Assembly
2008 - 2010
Personal
BirthdayJuly 23, 1943
Place of birthCulver City, California
ProfessionGeneral Manager, Real Estate Investment Company
ReligionBaptist
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Donald "Don" G. Gustavson (b. July 23, 1943) is a Republican member of the Nevada State Senate, representing District 14. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Gustavson served in the Nevada State Assembly, representing District 32 from 2008 to 2010.

Biography

Gustavson's professional experience includes working as general manager of the Real Estate Investment Company.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Nevada Committee Assignments, 2013
Education
Transportation

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, while in the Nevada Assembly, Gustavson served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Gustavson's campaign website highlights the following issues:[1]

Economy

  • Excerpt: "Legislators need to focus more time on passing legislation that will that will increase government efficiency, reduce the taxpayer's burden, nurture the creation of real jobs, spur valid economic growth, and attract new companies while enticing existing businesses to grow and flourish."

Education

  • Excerpt: "A flourishing one-size-fits-all federal approach to education is non-existent. Local control of our educational system is desirable over federal control."

Land Management

  • Excerpt: " Ninety-six percent of the world’s gold mines are outside of Nevada, and we must do our part to encourage rather than discourage exploration companies from investing in the Silver State. Besides gold, Nevada resources includes silver, gypsum, diatomite, lime, clay, copper and more, giving us greater potential for additional direct and indirect jobs that Nevada needs now."

Elections

2014

See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Nevada State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 10, 2014. The general election will be held on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Incumbent Don Gustavson ran unopposed in the Republican primary, while Joe Hunt defeated K.C. Harrison in the Democratic primary. Hunt and Gustavson will face off in the general election.[2][3][4]

2010

See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Gustavson won election to the Washoe 2 District Seat in the Nevada State Senate, defeating Allison Edwards.[5]

Nevada State Senate, Washoe 2 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Don Gustavson (R) 25,559
Allison Edwards (D) 18,432

2008

See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Gustavson won election to the District 32 Seat in the Nevada Assembly, defeating opponents Marc Deal and James Kroshus.[6]

Gustavson raised $65,352 for his campaign.[7]

Nevada State Assembly, District 32 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Don Gustavson (R) 20,890 60.96%
Marc Deal 11,563 33.74%
James Kroshus 1,816 5.30%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Gustavson is available dating back to 1990. Based on available campaign finance records, Gustavson raised a total of $592,849 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 14, 2013.[8]

Don Gustavson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nevada State Senate, District 14 Not up for election $11,450
2010 Nevada State Senate, Washoe 2 Won $171,403
2008 Nevada State Assembly, District 32 Won $65,352
2004 Nevada State Assembly, District 30 Defeated $90,973
2002 Nevada State Assembly, District 30 Won $71,371
2000 Nevada State Assembly, Washoe 32 Won $56,519
1998 Nevada State Assembly, District 32 Won $71,090
1996 Nevada State Assembly, District 32 Won $41,528
1992 Nevada State Assembly, District 27 Defeated $4,568
1990 Nevada State Assembly, District 28 Defeated $8,595
Grand Total Raised $592,849

2012

Gustavson was not up for election to the Nevada State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Gustavson raised a total of $11,540.
Nevada State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Don Gustavson's campaign in 2012
Nevada Association Of Realtors$5,000
Southwest Gas$1,000
American Resort Development Association$1,000
Barrick Gold Strike Mines$1,000
Nevadans First PAC$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$11,540
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Gustavson won election to the Nevada State in 2010. During that election cycle, Gustavson raised a total of $42,102.

2008

Gustavson won election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2008. During that election cycle, Gustavson raised a total of $65,352.

2004

Gustavson lost the election for the Nevada State Assembly in 2004. During that election cycle, Gustavson raised a total of $90,973.

2002

Gustavson won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2002. During that election cycle, Gustavson raised a total of $71,371.

2000

Gustavson won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2000. During that election cycle, Gustavson raised a total of $56,519.

1998

Gustavson won election to the Nevada State Assembly in 1998. During that election cycle, Gustavson raised a total of $71,090.

1996

Gustavson won election to the Nevada State Assembly in 1996. During that election cycle, Gustavson raised a total of $41,528.

1992

Gustavson lost the election for the Nevada State Assembly in 1992. During that election cycle, Gustavson raised a total of $4,568.

1990

Gustavson lost the election for the Nevada State in 1990. During that election cycle, Gustavson raised a total of $8,595.

Scorecards

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

Legislative scorecards are used to evaluate elected public officials based on voting record. Some scorecards are created by political advocacy groups with a focus on specific issues, while others are developed by newspapers and are broad in scope. Scorecards are meant to be used as a tool for voters to have a quick picture of whether their views align with a particular legislator's record.

Because scorecards can be specific to particular issues or general to a state’s legislative term, for example, each report should be considered on its own merits. Each entity that publishes these reports uses different methodologies and definitions for the terms used.

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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

Gustavson received a score of 89.10% in the 2011 report card, ranking 1st out of all 63 Nevada State Legislature members.[10] His score was followed by senators Greg Brower (88.63), Michael Roberson (88.63), Elizabeth Halseth (88.15), and James Settelmeyer (87.68).[11]

Endorsements

2014

In 2014, Gustavson's endorsements include the following:[12]

  • BAWN Board of Directors
  • NFIB/Nevada SAFE Trust
  • Calvin Coolidge Institute
  • Nevada Republican Party

Personal

Gustavson has three children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Nevada State Senate District 14
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
Maurice Washington (R)
Nevada State Senate, Washoe 2
2011–2012
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Nevada State Assembly District 32
2008–2010
Succeeded by
Ira Hansen