Marcus Conklin

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Marcus Conklin
Nevada State Assembly District 37
Former member
In office
2003 - 2012
State House Majority Leader, Nevada State Assembly
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Term limits6 terms (12 years)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Redlands (1992)
Master'sMidwestern State University (1997); University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2009)
ProfessionEconomic Analyst/Consultant
Marcus Conklin (b. November 1, 1969) is a former Democratic member of the Nevada Assembly, representing District 37 from 2003 to 2012. He served as Majority Floor Leader in his last term.


Conklin earned his B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Redlands in 1992, his M.A. in political science from Midwestern State University in 1997 and another M.A. in Economics from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2009. His professional experience includes working as an economic analyst and consultant.[1]

Committee assignments


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


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


Expenditure disclosure

In February 2012, Las Vegas Sun reporter Anjeanette Damon wrote a series of stories detailing the failure by several Democratic legislators to disclose how they spent portions of their campaign money to help pay for expenditures. Damon's first story described how three Assembly Democrats -- Debbie Smith, David Bobzien, and Lucy Flores -- failed to report the expenditure of campaign funds used to pay for rent and living expenses during legislative sessions. The legislators were instructed by the Assembly Democrat's lawyer that they did not have to report spending on expenses related to their public office.[2][3][4]

After Damon's initial report, Assembly Democrats Marcus Conklin, Richard Daly, Peggy Pierce and Marilyn Dondero Loop came forward to admit that they had also failed to report expenses after getting the same legal advice. The six lawmakers filed new expense reports that detailed nearly $45,000 in campaign funds that were spent on living expenses such as rent, electronics, house cleaning and supplies, groceries, lunches and dinners. At the time, Nevada legislators were paid a $736/month housing allowance during the legislative session if they lived more than 50 miles from Carson City. In addition, all legislatures received $154 per diem during the legislative session.[2][3][4]

Martin Dean Dupalo, president of the Nevada Center for Public Ethics, wrote an op-ed piece in the Las Vegas Sun about the failed disclosures. He described the situation as "a purposeful act of withholding mandated public information that was uncovered by a journalist—not reported as part of a broader discussion between legislators and the executive branch, or much less the public."[2][3][4]



See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2012

Conklin ran in the 2012 election for Nevada State Assembly, District 37. Conklin ran unopposed in the June 12 primary election and was defeated by Wesley Duncan (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7][8]

Nevada State Assembly, District 37, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngWesley Duncan 51.1% 14,969
     Democratic Marcus Conklin Incumbent 48.9% 14,296
Total Votes 29,265


See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Conklin won election to the Nevada House of Representatives, defeating Philip Lupo (R). He did not have any opposition in the June 8 primary.

Nevada House of Representatives, District 37 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Marcus Conklin (D) 6,501
Philip Lupo (R) 3,993


See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Conklin won re-election to the District 37 Seat in the Nevada Assembly, defeating Ron Giarratano.[9]

Conklin raised $234,171 for his campaign.[10]

Nevada State Assembly, District 37 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Marcus Conklin (D) 10,546 67.92%
Ron Giarratano 4,980 32.08%

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Conklin was up for re-election, he collected $424,632 in donations.[11]

Listed below are the four largest contributors to Conklin's 2010 campaign.

Donor Amount
Nevada Association Of Realtors $10,000
Reel Pac $10,000
Cmte To Elect Marcus Conklin $10,000
Nevada Power Co $9,000


Listed below are the five largest contributors to Marcus Conklin's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Nevada Association of Realtors $7,000
Blank $7,000
AT&T $6,500
EMBARQ $5,092
Boyd Gaming $5,000


Conklin is married to his wife, Mijanne.


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".[12]


Conklin received a score of 34.03 percent in the 2011 report card, ranking 29th out of all 63 Nevada State Legislature members.[12]

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Preceded by
Nevada State Assembly District 37
Succeeded by
Wesley Duncan (R)