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Long-time Nevada Senator announces abrupt resignation

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January 5, 2011

Bill Raggio (R) announced his resignation from the Nevada State Senate.

RENO, Nevada: State Senator Bill Raggio (R), who was first elected in 1972, today announced his intent to resign from the Senate, effective Jan. 15, 2011.[1]

Raggio endorsed Harry Reid in his federal Senate race against Sharon Angle in 2010. This led to Raggio losing his post as Republican Minority leader following the November 2010 elections.[2]

"I spent 18 years (in the Washoe County District Attorney’s Office) and 38 years in the Senate. That’s a long ride," Raggio said.[1]

Across Nevada there was nothing but praise for Raggio, whose resignation caught the new minority leader, Mike McGinness "flat-footed."[3]

Raggio would have been term-limited before the next election.[2]

"We will miss his expertise and depth of knowledge in the redistricting process. I truly hoped that he would have stayed for the session but I wish him the best," McGinness said.[3]

A replacement for Raggio will be named by the Washoe County Commission. According to Nevada law, the replacement must be of the same political party.

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