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Mark Hutchison
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Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
In office
January 5, 2015 - present
Term ends
Years in position 0
Base salary$63,648
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Term limitsTwo terms
Prior offices
Nevada State Senate, District 6
February 4, 2013 - December 1, 2014
High schoolBonanza High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nevada-Las Vegas, 1987
J.D.Brigham Young University, 1990
Place of birthLas Vegas, Nevada
Office website
Personal website
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Mark Hutchison is the current Republican Lieutenant Governor of Nevada. He first won election to the office on November 4, 2014. Hutchison's 2014 campaign was focused on job creation, school choice and preventing excessive regulation of natural resources. Learn more about Hutchison's 2014 campaign priorities in the campaign themes section.

He is a former Republican member of the Nevada State Senate, representing District 6 from February 4, 2013, to his resignation on December 1, 2014, which came in preparation to assume the office of Lieutenant Governor of Nevada. Clark County commissioners chose Mark Lipparelli (R) for Hutchison's senate seat on December 2, 2014.[1]

Political career

Lieutenant Governor of Nevada (2015-present)

Hutchison was first elected to the lieutenant governor's office in 2014. He assumed office in January 2015, replacing term-limited predecessor Brian Krolicki (R).

Nevada State Senate (2013-2014)

Hutchison represented District 6 in the Nevada State Senate from 2013 to 2014.

Committee assignments


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

Nevada Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce, Labor and Energy


Campaign themes

Hutchison's 2012 platform consisted of:[2]

  • Working Hard to Create Jobs: "...Mark will work to diversify Nevada’s economy, encourage hi-tech companies to locate here, and invest in the future, but he also understands that Nevadans are suffering today. Mark supports extending tax breaks for 115,000 small businesses to foster economic growth and will work to create new jobs in the construction and tourism industries."
  • Focusing on Education: "...We need to focus on core subjects – reading, writing, math, science and history. Mark supports giving parents the option to choose schools that are right for their children. He will work to improve public education by advocating for students – not entrenched bureaucracy – shifting cost-savings directly to the classroom, and cutting the education bureaucracy and using the money saved to hire more teachers and reduce class size."
  • Bringing More Value to Government: "...[Hutchison] will fight to prudently use hard-earned tax dollars, cut irresponsible spending, promote fiscal responsibility, and ensure our state government lives within a balanced budget."
  • Defending Nevadans' Rights: Hutchison's website cites his role as the state's counsel in the federal lawsuit challenging the Affordable Care Act as "defending Nevadans' rights to decide for themselves what products they wish to buy...."



See also: Nevada Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Hutchison ran in the 2014 election for Lieutenant Governor of Nevada.[3] Hutchison secured the Republican nomination in the primary on June 10, 2014. The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMark Hutchison 53.8% 62,939
Sue Lowden 36.1% 42,290
Chris Dyer 5.8% 6,824
None of these candidates 4.3% 5,011
Total Votes 117,064
Election Results via Nevada Secretary of State.
General election
Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Hutchison 59.5% 324,443
     Democratic Lucy Flores 33.6% 183,571
     Independent American Mike Little 3.9% 21,221
     Independent None of these candidates 3% 16,298
Total Votes 545,533
Election Results via Nevada Secretary of State.

Campaign themes

Hutchison's campaign website listed the following themes for the 2014 race:

Defending Nevadans Rights

Mark was appointed by two Republican Governors to represent the State of Nevada in the federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare. He took the lead, free of charge to taxpayers, to protect Nevadans from being forced into a Washington-regulated insurance system. Mark’s work defending Nevadans’ rights to decide for themselves what products they wish to buy has received wide acclaim. Mark represented the Nevada Republican Party in a legal battle over the once-every-decade redrawing of congressional and state legislative districts. Those legal efforts helped ensure fair government representation for all Nevadans. Mark continued to fight for Nevadans’ rights as a State Senator in Carson City and emerged as a passionate and effective leader in opposing unreasonable infringements on Nevadan’s Second Amendment rights and fighting the job-killing margins tax.

Ensuring Every Nevadan Has a Voice

Through his unique experience of representing the State of Nevada in the federal lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Obamacare, Mark had a front row seat to what the federal government can do when it is not properly restrained. Mark believes that the federal government is out of control and the last line of defense for liberty and freedom in this country is at the state level. As your Lieutenant Governor, Mark is committed to continue fighting for all Nevadans and ensuring that they have a voice. Whether it’s working state-wide to promote economic development and job growth or developing a plan to increase rural tourism, Hutchison has a proven record as an effective leader and is ready to start on day one. Mark will serve as Nevada’s voice in fighting over regulation of our lands and water, protecting our privacy, and defending us from an overreaching federal government by preserving Nevada’s sovereignty and Tenth Amendment rights. Mark believes Nevadans should make decisions for Nevada.

Leading the Way for Economic Development

As a third generation, native Nevadan, Mark cares deeply about the Nevada that he is leaving for his children and grandchildren. He understands the challenges we face with an encroaching federal government and the threat of a job-killing margins tax, but Mark is committed to standing up for all Nevadans as he did when he represented Nevada in fighting Obamacare in federal court. Mark believes one of the most promising and long-term ways to promote economic development and job growth is by the transfer of federal lands to the state. He believes federal control of vast lands within Nevada is unwarranted and will lead the fight to get more of our land transferred to the state. In every challenge, Mark sees opportunity and understands that Nevada has unparalleled potential to start and attract new business and industry, continue to diversify our economy, and rebuild a stronger Nevada.

Working Hard to Create Jobs

As a small business owner who has to meet payroll every two weeks, Mark knows that getting government out of the way of small business owners leads to new jobs and lasting economic growth. Mark has the personal experience and know-how to make effective and lasting changes as your Lieutenant Governor – changes that will put more Nevadans back to work. Mark is committed to continue his work to diversify Nevada’s economy, create a positive environment for business, supply the resources for new companies to flourish and existing companies to expand, and to encourage companies to locate here and invest in our future. He also understands that Nevadans are suffering today. As a legislator, Mark supported eliminating tax burdens for tens of thousands of small businesses to foster economic growth. His knowledge of how businesses operate and how onerous government regulations discourage job creation will continue to provide Mark with a unique insight into how to foster an environment for business owners to create jobs and put Nevadans back to work today.

Focusing on Education

As the proud graduate of Nevada’s K-12 and University education systems and the proud father of six children who have graduated from or are currently attending Nevada’s public schools, Mark understands the need to provide a quality education to our children. Education is the engine that provides upward mobility, drives improvements to our economy, and increases the quality of life for the next generation. We need to focus on core subjects – reading, writing, math, science, and history. Mark supports giving parents the option to choose schools that are right for their children. As a state senator, he worked to improve public education by advocating for students, parents, and teachers – not entrenched bureaucracy – and focusing funding directly to the classroom where educating students occurs. [4]

—Mark Hutchison's campaign website, (2014) [5]


October 15 debate

Lucy Flores (D) and Mark Hutchison (R) traded criticisms about ethics, education reform and taxes during a debate hosted by Vegas PBS. Flores criticized Hutchison for failing to report a $15,000 trip to Israel sponsored by the American-Israel Public Affairs Committee. This point was made in response to Hutchison's criticism of Flores for failing to report her use of campaign funds for personal expenses. Hutchison also noted that Flores participated in the Israel trip and he was not found guilty of breaking state campaign finance laws.[6]

Hutchison pointed to Flores's record on education in the Nevada State Legislature to indicate weakness on the issue. The Republican candidate indicated that Flores voted against reform proposals including flexibility for families to switch from public schools to charter schools and a $2 million proposal to hire Teach for America teachers for struggling schools. Flores dismissed the Republican-led reforms as insufficient to deal with the state's education issues and called for adequate public education funding.[6]

The debate also raised questions about the candidates' support for Question 3, a statewide ballot measure that would add a 2 percent margin tax on businesses to benefit education. Both candidates expressed opposition to Question 3 due to the potential impacts on businesses. Flores suggested that Hutchison originally supported the measure in 2013, but switched his views on Question 3 to win statewide office. Hutchison countered that Flores and other state Democrats had not been effective on tax issues, arguing that economic growth is a better tool for government funding rather than higher taxes.[6]

September 3 debate

Flores and Hutchison squared off over education funding, immigration and same-sex marriage during a debate hosted by Hispanics in Politics. Flores criticized Gov. Sandoval and state Republicans for failing to restore $1 billion in school funding cut during the recent recession. She also voiced opposition for school vouchers, arguing that expanded choice won't improve education outcomes. Hutchison countered that legislators increased education spending by $500 million in 2013, while noting that additional funds should be tied to reforms in teacher assessment. He also supported school vouchers and expanded choice to improve outcomes for low-income students.[7]

A discussion of immigration policy started with consensus over the need for comprehensive reform at the national level. Hutchison cited his work with Democrats in the state senate on driver's permits for immigrants and restrictions on notarios, or dishonest immigration brokers. He criticized President Barack Obama for using executive orders to halt deportations rather than pursuing congressional action. Hutchison's responses followed questions by Flores over the sincerity of his support for comprehensive reform.[7]

Flores expressed support for the legalization of same-sex marriage in Nevada, noting a potential windfall for state tourism. Hutchison referred to his Mormon beliefs in opposing the legalization of same-sex marriage. He added that while he cannot support marriage, he opposes social discrimination of same-sex couples.[7]


See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2012

Hutchison ran in the 2012 election for Nevada State Senate, District 6. Hutchison ran unopposed in the June 12 primary election and defeated Benny Yerushalmi in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[8] [9][10][11]

Nevada State Senate, District 6, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngMark Hutchison 50.8% 27,499
     Democratic Benny Yerushalmi 49.2% 26,598
Total Votes 54,097

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Hutchison is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Hutchison raised a total of $587,384 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 13, 2013.[12]

Mark Hutchison's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nevada State Senate, District 6 Won $587,384
Grand Total Raised $587,384


Hutchison won election to the Nevada State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Hutchison raised a total of $587,384.


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Political offices
Preceded by
Brian Krolicki (R)
Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
2015 - present
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Allison Copening (D)
Nevada State Senate District 6
Succeeded by
Mark Lipparelli (R)