|Nevada State Senate, Washoe 1|
|2011 - 2012|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|Nevada State Assembly|
|1998 - 2010|
|Bachelor's||Sonoma State University, 1977|
|Master's||University of Nevada, Reno, 1979|
|Date of birth||11/06/1955|
|Place of birth||Carmel, CA|
|Profession||Specialty Courts Coordinator/Human Services Consultant|
Leslie earned her B.A. from Sonoma State University in 1977 and her M.A. in Spanish Language and Literature from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1979. Her professional experience includes working as a specialty courts coordinator and human services consultant, as an executive director of Children's Cabinet, Incorporated, from 1987 to 1993; planning administrator for Community Services Agency in 1986; and executive director for Tahoe Human Services from 1984 to 1985.
The following excerpts came from Leslie's website:
Education: "Nevada needs to continue to strengthen our educational system at all levels, from pre-Kindergarten through post-graduate work. Our investment in education benefits all of us and is vital to attracting good businesses and improving our quality of life...."
Nevada's Green Economy: "I believe Nevada needs to transition to a Green Economy, featuring an expansion of jobs in the renewable energy sector, assistance to homeowners to retrofit their homes for green energy efficiency, and a system of tax incentives to make Nevada more competitive in attracting the renewable industry...."
Nevada's Natural Resources: "We live in a state with an abundance of natural resources and I am committed to protecting them. Our children deserve a heritage of pristine mountain springs, clean air to breathe, and a sustainable community....:
Healthcare: "I believe access to affordable, quality health care is critical to the citizens of our state...."
Human Services: "As a human services professional, I know how important it is to provide a safety net to address the critical needs of our most vulnerable citizens: our children, our elderly, and those living with disabilities...."
Equal Rights: "In 2009, I was instrumental in passing SB 283, perhaps the most historic civil rights legislation in Nevada in half a century, a bill creating domestic partnerships.... In 2011, I sponsored SB 331, and co-sponsored and supported two other equal rights bills (SB 368 and AB 211) to provide protection against discrimination in public accommodations, housing, and employment for gay, lesbian, and transgender citizens."
Criminal Justice: "Addressing the root causes of crime is a cost effective way to reduce crime and redirect lives to more positive outcomes. While I believe in the value of these programs, I also believe that people must be held accountable for their criminal actions...."
Mining: "The 2011 session featured a renewed focus on the mining industry in Nevada, its benefits and liabilities. I sponsored SB 86, to repeal an archaic law that gave the mining and sugar beet industries the power of eminent domain. The vast majority of the Legislature agreed that these industries should not have the power to take private land, passing the bill on votes of 20 to 1 in the Senate and 41 to 1 in the Assembly...."
In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Leslie served on these committees:
In the 2009-2010 legislative session, while in the Nevada Assembly, Leslie served on these committees:
- Health and Human Services Committee, Nevada Assembly
- Taxation Committee, Nevada Assembly
- Ways and Means Committee, Nevada Assembly
- See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2012
Leslie ran in the 2012 election for Nevada State Senate, District 15. Leslie ran unopposed in the June 12 primary election and was defeated by Greg Brower in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Nevada State Senate, District 15, General Election, 2012|
|Republican||Greg Brower Incumbent||50.2%||29,352|
Leslie announced on February 15, 2012 that she would be resigning from her seat in the State Senate in order to run in a more competitive race in the new Senate District 15. Leslie hopes that unseating Republican Greg Brower would allow Democrats to hold onto their majority in the Senate after the 2012 elections. According to the Las Vegas Sun, the competition between Leslie and Brower will be one of three heated races in the Senate. They expect Las Vegas Districts 5 and 6 to be very competitive as well.
- See also: Nevada State Senate elections, 2010
|Nevada State Senate, Washoe 1 General election (2010)|
|Sheila Leslie (D)||11,070|
|Philip Salerno (R)||5,769|
|Thomas Cornell (L)||1,001|
- See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2008
Leslie raised $135,258 for her campaign.
|Nevada State Assembly, District 27 (2008)|
|Sheila Leslie (D)||10,154||67.28%|
In 2010, a year in which Leslie was up for re-election, she collected $128,105 in donations.
Listed below are the four largest contributors to Leslie's 2010 campaign.
|Citizens For Justice Trust||$5,500|
|South Point Hotel & Casino||$5,000|
Listed below are the five largest contributors to Sheila Leslie's 2008 campaign.
|Republic Services of Southern Nevada||$5,000|
|Sierra Pacific Power||$4,000|
|Barrick Gold Strike Mines||$4,000|
Nevada Policy Research Institute
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".
Leslie has one child, Emma.
This section displays the most recent stories in a Google news search for the term "Sheila + Leslie + Nevada + Senate"
- All stories may not be relevant to this page due to the nature of the search engine.
- Nevada Assembly - Rep. Sheila Leslie
- Sheila Leslie on Twitter
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2002, 2000, 1998
- Project Vote Smart, "Biography of Sen. Sheila Leslie," accessed November 19, 2014
- Sheila Leslie Campaign, "Issues," accessed October 19, 2012(Dead link)
- Nevada Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Candidates," accessed May 6, 2014
- Clark County, "2012 Primary Candidates," accessed May 6, 2014
- Washoe County, "2012 General Election candidates," accessed May 5, 2014
- Nevada Secretary of State, "Official Results of the 2012 Primary Election," accessed April 23, 2014
- lasvegassun.com, "State senator resigns in effort to preserve Democratic majority," Feb. 15, 2012
- therepublic.com, "Sheila Leslie resigns from Nevada Senate; will run in new district against GOP's Brower," February 15, 2012(Archived)
- Nevada Secretary of State, "2010 General Election Results," accessed May 5, 2014
- Nevada Secretary of State, "2008 General Election Results," accessed May 5, 2014
- Follow the Money, "2008 contributions to Sheila Leslie," accessed November 19, 2014
- Follow the Money, "2010 contributions to Sheila Leslie," accessed November 19, 2014
- Nevada Policy Research Institute, "The 2011 Nevada Legislative Session Review & Report Card," accessed May 5, 2014
Bernice Mathews (D)
|Nevada State Senate, Washoe 1
| Succeeded by|
|Nevada State Assembly District 27
| Succeeded by|
Teresa Benitez-Thompson (D)