Kelvin Atkinson

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Kelvin Atkinson
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Nevada State Senate District 4
Incumbent
In office
February 4, 2013 - present
Term ends
November 9, 2016
Years in position 1
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$146.29/day
Per diem$152/per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits3 terms (12 years)
Prior offices
Nevada State Assembly District 17
2003 - 2012
Education
Bachelor'sHoward University
Personal
BirthdayApril 8, 1969
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
ProfessionManagement Analyst, Clark County Government
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Kelvin Atkinson (b. April 8, 1969) is a Democratic member of the Nevada State Senate, representing District 4. He first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Atkinson served in the Nevada Assembly, representing District 17 from 2003 to 2012, departing after serving as Senior Chief Deputy Whip.

Biography

Atkinson received his B.A. in Political Science from Howard University. He is also a 2004 graduate of the Western Legislative Academy and a 2005 graduate of the Henry Toll Fellowship. His professional experience includes working as a management analyst and mediator for the Clark County Government.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Nevada Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce, Labor and Energy, Chair
Legislative Operations and Elections
Transportation, Vice Chair

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Atkinson served on these committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Atkinson served on these committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

On his website, Atkinson expresses support for job creation, public education, reducing foreclosures, government transparency, getting tougher on gangs/sex offenders/abusers of the elderly, safety and lower costs for seniors, and renewable energy.[1]

Elections

2012

See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2012

Atkinson won election in the 2012 election for Nevada State Senate, District 4. Atkinson defeated Katherine Duncan and David Wallace in the June 12 primary election and defeated Linda West Myers (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[2] [3][4][5]

Nevada State Senate, District 4, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngKelvin Atkinson 79.8% 27,422
     Republican Linda West Myers 20.2% 6,946
Total Votes 34,368
Nevada State Senate, District 4 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKelvin Atkinson 67.9% 2,646
Katherine Duncan 25.2% 983
David Wallace 6.8% 266
Total Votes 3,895

In November 2011, Atkinson announced he would run for the Senate District 4 seat in 2012. Atkinson said he would move a few blocks from his then-current residence, which sat within Senate District 1, to live within District 4. Senate District 4 held a 4-to-1 Democratic voter registration advantage over Republicans. The district was vacated by Steven Horsford (D), who made a successful congressional bid.[6]

2010

See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Atkinson won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly. He did not have any opposition in the June 8 primary and defeated Kenneth King (R) in the general election.

Nevada State Assembly, District 17 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kelvin Atkinson (D) 11,414
Kenneth King (R) 6,337

2008

See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Atkinson won re-election to the District 17 Seat in the Nevada Assembly, defeating opponents David Isbell and Ryan Fitzgibbons.[7]

Atkinson raised $195,243 for his campaign.[8]

Nevada State Assembly, District 17 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Kelvin Atkinson (D) 17,473 67.78%
David Isbell 7,017 27.22%
Ryan Fitzgibbons 1,288 5.00%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Atkinson is available dating back to 1998. Based on available campaign finance records, Atkinson raised a total of $1,180,819 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 13, 2013.[9]

Kelvin Atkinson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nevada State Senate, District 4 Won $330,572
2010 Nevada State Assembly, District 17 Won $263,475
2008 Nevada State Assembly, District 17 Won $195,243
2006 Nevada State Assembly, District 17 Won $180,731
2004 Nevada State Assembly, District 17 Won $116,312
2002 Nevada State Assembly, District 17 Won $89,919
1998 Nevada State Assembly, District 12 Defeated $4,567
Grand Total Raised $1,180,819

2012

Atkinson won election to the Nevada State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Atkinson raised a total of $330,572.
Nevada State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kelvin Atkinson's campaign in 2012
Letizia Mass Media$10,000
Nevada Association Of Realtors$10,000
Nevada Power Co.$8,488
Station Casinos$7,500
Southwest Gas$7,500
Total Raised in 2012$330,572
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Atkinson won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2010. During that election cycle, Atkinson raised a total of $263,475.

2008

Atkinson won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2008. During that election cycle, Atkinson raised a total of $195,243.

2006

Atkinson won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2006. During that election cycle, Atkinson raised a total of $180,731.

2004

Atkinson won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2004. During that election cycle, Atkinson raised a total of $116,312.

2002

Atkinson won election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2002. During that election cycle, Atkinson raised a total of $89,919.

1998

Atkinson lost the election for the Nevada State Assembly in 1998. During that election cycle, Atkinson raised a total of $4,567.

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.[10]

  • 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.[10]

  • 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".[11]

2011

Atkinson received a score of 28.80% in the 2011 report card, ranking 56th out of all 63 Nevada State Legislature members.[11]

Personal

Atkinson has one daughter. In an April 22, 2013, Senate debate on repealing Nevada's ban on gay marriage, he announced that he is gay.[12][13][14]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Steven Horsford (D)
Nevada State Senate District 4
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Nevada State Assembly District 17
2003–2012
Succeeded by
Steven Brooks (D)