Ruben Kihuen

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Ruben J. Kihuen
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Nevada State Senate, District 10
Incumbent
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
November 2014
Years in position 3
PartyDemocratic
Leadership
Majority Whip, Nevada State Senate
2013 - present
Compensation
Base salary$146.29/day
Per diem$152/per day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits3 terms (12 years)
Prior offices
Nevada State Assembly
2006 - 2010
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nevada Las Vegas, 2004
Personal
BirthdayApril 25, 1980
Place of birthGuadalajara, Jalisco, Mexico
ProfessionAcademic Advisor, Community College of Southern Nevada
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Ruben J. Kihuen (b. April 25, 1980) is a Democratic member of the Nevada State Senate, representing District 10. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010. As of the 2013 session, Kihuen serves as Majority Whip.

Kihuen served in the Nevada State Assembly, representing District 11 from 2006 to 2010.

Biography

Kihuen earned his B.S. in Education from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in 2004, and is a Master of Public Administration candidate at the University of Oklahoma. His professional experience includes working as an academic advisor at the Community College of Southern Nevada.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Nevada Committee Assignments, 2013
Education
Judiciary, Vice Chair
Revenue and Economic Development, Chair

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, while in the Nevada Assembly, Kihuen served on the following committees:

Elections

2014

See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Nevada State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place June 10, 2014. The general election will take place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 14, 2014. Incumbent Ruben Kihuen ran unopposed in the Democratic primary. Ed Uehling is running as a Libertarian candidate. Kihuen and Uehling will face off in the general election.[1][2][3]

2012

See also: Nevada's 1st Congressional District elections, 2012

Kihuen ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Nevada's 1st District. He sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket, but he dropped out of the race in January 2012.[4] He would have faced Dina Titus in the June 12, 2012 primary. Incumbent Democrat Shelley Berkley ran for election to the U.S. Senate.

2010

See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Kihuen won election to the Clark 10 District Seat in the Nevada State Senate, defeating Henry Tyler and Glenn Brown.[5]

Nevada State Senate, Clark 10 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ruben Kihuen (D) 8,397
Henry Tyler (R) 3,438
Glenn Brown (I) 808

2008

See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Kihuen won re-election to the District 11 Seat in the Nevada Assembly, defeating Ken Upp.[6]

Kihuen raised $104,753 for his campaign.[7]

Nevada State Assembly, District 11 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Ruben Kihuen (D) 4,288 81.12%
Ken Upp 998 18.88%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kihuen is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Kihuen raised a total of $225,762 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 14, 2013.[8]

Ruben Kihuen's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nevada State Senate, District 10 Not up for election $23,750
2010 Nevada State Senate, Clark 10 Won $17,500
2008 Nevada State Assembly, District 11 Won $104,753
2006 Nevada State Assembly, District 11 Won $79,759
Grand Total Raised $225,762

2012

Kihuen was not up for election to the Nevada State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Kihuen raised a total of $23,750.
Nevada State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ruben Kihuen's campaign in 2012
Nevada Association Of Realtors$3,000
Nevada Power Co.$2,000
International Gaming Technology$1,500
Wirtz Beverage Nevada$1,500
MGM Mirage$1,500
Total Raised in 2012$23,750
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Kihuen won election to the Nevada State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Kihuen raised a total of $17,500.

2008

Kihuen won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2008. During that election cycle, Kihuen raised a total of $104,753.

2006

Kihuen won election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2006. During that election cycle, Kihuen raised a total of $79,759.

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.[9]

  • 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.[9]

  • 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".[10]

2011

Kihuen received a score of 31.75% in the 2011 report card, ranking 51st out of all 63 Nevada State Legislature members.[10]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Coffin (D)
Nevada State Senate District 11
2010–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
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Nevada State Assembly District 11
2006–2010
Succeeded by
Olivia Diaz