|Nevada State Senate Washoe 3 District|
| Term in office began|
| Term in office ended|
January 15, 2011
Raggio joined the Nevada State Senate in 1972 and served in that position until his resignation on January 15, 2011. He also served as an alternate on the Legislative Commission from 1985 to 1988 and from 1991 to 1993. He was a member of the Legislative Commission from 1973 to 1975 and from 1977 to 1997. Raggio was Senate Minority Floor Leader from 1977 to 1979, 1983 to 1986, and in 1991 and 2009. He was Majority Floor Leader from 1987 to 1989 and from 1993 to the present. He currently represents the Washoe 3 District. He is also currently a member of the Washoe County Republican State Central Committee. Senator Raggio is currently (2010) the Senate Minority Leader. In a poll by The Ralston Report, Raggio has been named the most effective state legislator several times. In respect to mining, Senator Raggio stated he does not support pre-paying taxes.
Raggio attended Lousiana Tech, the University of Oklahoma, and Boalt Hall College of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. He then earned his B.A. from the University of Nevada, Reno, in 1948. He went on to receive his J.D. from Hastings College of Law at the University of California in 1951.
Raggio served in the United States National Reserve. He was Second Lieutenant in the United States Marine Corps Reserve from 1944 to 1946. He then worked as Assistant District Attorney for Washoe County, Nevada, from 1952 to 1958. He was also District Attorney for Washoe County, Nevada, from 1958 to 1970. Raggio was an attorney for Raggio, Wooster and Linder from 1980 to 1981. He then worked as Senior Partner for Vargas-Bartlett from 1991 to 1998. He has been an attorney for Jonas-Vargas Law Firm since 1998. He is also currently Director for the Archon Corporation. Twice Raggio has been named in the Ten Most Influential Person in the State of Nevada survey by the Las Vegas Sun.
On Jan. 5, 2011, Raggio announced he would resign as Senator effective Jan. 15, 2011. Raggio said the primary reason he was leaving office was mobility problems.
While in the Nevada State Senate, Raggio served on the following committees:
|Nevada State Senate, Washoe 3 District (2008)|
|Bill Raggio (R)||34,062||63.05%|
|Nevada State Senate, Washoe 3 District (2004)|
|Bill Raggio (R)||33,093||67.64%|
|Nevada State Senate, Washoe 3 District (2000)|
|Bill Raggio (R)||27,868||76.09%|
In 2008, Raggio collected $596,779 in donations.
His five largest contributors in 2008 were:
|Associated General Contractors||$16,000|
|Wynn Las Vegas||$10,000|
|Nevada Association of Realtors||$10,000|
Raggio and his wife, Dale, have three children.
- Bill Raggio's official Nevada State Senate website
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative Profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign Contributions: 2010, 2008, 2006, 2004, 2000, 1996, 1992
- Attorney profile
- Las Vegas Sun, "Gaming, mining open to paying more to close state budget gap," February 18, 2010
- Nevada News Bureau, "Sen. Raggio Announces Retirement from Senate," January 5, 2011
- Nevada Secretary of State, "2008 General Election Results," accessed May 5, 2014
- Nevada Secretary of State - 2004 General Election Results
- Nevada Secretary of State, "2000 General Election Results," accessed May 5, 2014
- 2008 contributions to Bill Raggio
|Nevada Senate, Washoe 3 District
1972–January 15, 2011
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