Peggy Pierce

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Peggy Pierce
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Nevada State Assembly, District 3
Former member
In office
2002 - 2013
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$146.29/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 5, 2002
Term limits6 terms (12 years)
Personal
Birthday1954
Place of birthMilton, Massachusetts
ProfessionResources coordinator
Websites
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Peggy Pierce (1954-2013) was a Democratic member of the Nevada State Assembly, representing District 3 from 2002 until 2013. Pierce served as Majority Chief Deputy Whip.

Pierce passed away on October 10, 2013; she was battling cancer for the third time in ten years.[1][2]

Biography

Pierce's professional experience included working as Resources Coordinator for the United Labor Agency of Nevada from 2005 to 2007; Community Liaison for the Culinary Union from 2000 to 2005 and in food service for the Desert Inn from 1988 to 2000.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Nevada Committee Assignments, 2013
Government Affairs
Health and Human Services
Taxation, Vice Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Pierce served on the following committees:

Issues

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.[3][4][5]

After Damon's initial report, Assembly Democrats Pierce, Marcus Conklin, Richard Daly, 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 legislative session if they lived more than 50 miles from Carson City. In addition, all legislatures received $154 per diem during legislative session.[3][4][5]

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."[3][4][5]

Elections

2012

See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2012

Pierce won re-election in the 2012 election for Nevada State Assembly, District 3. Pierce defeated Matthew J. Tramp in the June 12 primary election and defeated Phyllis McGuire Moilanen (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[6][7][8][9]

Nevada State Assembly, District 3, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngPeggy Pierce Incumbent 67.7% 11,805
     Republican Phyllis McGuire Moilanen 32.3% 5,626
Total Votes 17,431
Nevada State Assembly, District 3 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPeggy Pierce Incumbent 69.4% 1,103
Matthew J. Tramp 30.6% 487
Total Votes 1,590

2010

See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Pierce won election to the Nevada House of Representatives. She did not face any opposition in the June 8 primary and defeated Eric Morelli in the general election.

Nevada House of Representatives, District 3 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Peggy Pierce (D) 6,183
Eric Morelli (R) 4,188

2008

See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Pierce won election to the District 3 Seat in the Nevada State Assembly, defeating opponents Eric Morelli and Kristie Turley.[10]

Pierce raised $52,013 for her campaign.[11]

Nevada State Assembly, District 3 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Peggy Pierce (D) 8,850 61.69%
Eric Morelli 4,631 32.28%
Kristie Turley 866 6.04%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Pierce is available dating back to 2002. Based on available campaign finance records, Pierce raised a total of $424,904 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 24, 2013.[12]

Peggy Pierce's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nevada State Assembly, District 3 Won $46,598
2010 Nevada State Assembly, District 3 Won $59,594
2008 Nevada State Assembly, District 3 Won $52,013
2006 Nevada State Assembly, District 3 Won $116,782
2004 Nevada State Assembly, District 3 Won $77,483
2002 Nevada State Assembly, District 3 Won $72,434
Grand Total Raised $424,904

2012

Pierce won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Pierce raised a total of $46,598.
Nevada State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Peggy Pierce's campaign in 2012
Nevada State Education Association$4,000
MGM Mirage$3,000
South Point Hotel & Casino$2,500
Caesars Entertainment$2,500
Southwest Regional Council Of Carpenters$2,110
Total Raised in 2012$46,598
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Pierce won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2010. During that election cycle, Pierce raised a total of $59,594.

2008

Pierce won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2008. During that election cycle, Pierce raised a total of $52,013.

2006

Pierce won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2006. During that election cycle, Pierce raised a total of $116,782.

2004

Pierce won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2004. During that election cycle, Pierce raised a total of $77,483.

2002

Pierce won election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2002. During that election cycle, Pierce raised a total of $72,434.

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.

An overview for scorecards in all 50 states can be found on this page. To contribute to the list of Nevada scorecards, email suggestions to scorecards@ballotpedia.org.

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2013

In 2013, the 77th Nevada State Legislature was in session from February 4 through June 4.[13]

  • 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.[13]

  • 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".[14]

2011

Pierce received a score of 26.52% in the 2011 report card, ranking 63rd out of all 63 Nevada State Legislature members.[14]

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Political offices
Preceded by
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Nevada State Assembly District 3
2002–2013
Succeeded by
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