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Danny Tarkanian
Danny Tarkanian.jpg
Candidate for
U.S. House, Nevada, District 4
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nevada Las Vegas
ReligionRoman Catholic
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Danny Tarkanian was a 2012 Republican candidate who sought election to the U.S. House representing the 4th Congressional District of Nevada.
Danny Tarkanian for Congress campaign logo.

Tarkanian was defeated by Democratic candidate Steven Horsford on November 6, 2012.[1]


After earning his bachelor's degree at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, Tarkanian went on to complete his law degree at the University of San Diego. He is a small business owner in Las Vegas, where he also runs the Tarkanian Basketball Academy, a non-profit organization focused on working with at-risk youth. He is the son of former UNLV coach Jerry Tarkanian and current Las Vegas City Councilwoman Lois Tarkanian. [2]



See also: Nevada's 4th congressional district elections, 2012

Tarkanian ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Nevada's 4th District.[3]. Tarkanian narrowly edged out Barbara Cegavske and Kenneth Wegner for the Republican nomination on June 12, 2012.[4][5] He faced Steven Horsford (D), Joseph P. Silvestri (L), and Floyd Fitzgibbons (IAP) in the November 6, 2012 general election.

The Las Vegas Sun reports that in early October, the FDIC began seizing property in Nevada belonging to the Tarkanian family. The land was collateral for a real estate investment in California that fell through during the economic crisis. Since the land had greater value in 2007 than it does now, the Tarkanians owe some 17 million dollars on the deal. Candidate Danny Tarkanian insists that the family will settle this matter in court, and that they will not need to file bankruptcy.[6]

The Tarkanian debt has become an issue in Steven Horsford's campaign against Danny Tarkanian in the new 4th congressional district. The Sun reports that after the debt development, Tarkanian attacked Horsford's personal financial record, claiming that he repeatedly failed to pay his bills as a young man. Tarkanian insisted that his family's struggles are a direct result of the huge financial downturn of 2008.[7]

General election

U.S. House, Nevada District 4 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Horsford 50.1% 120,501
     Republican Danny Tarkanian 42.1% 101,261
     Libertarian Joseph P. Silvestri 3.9% 9,341
     Independent American Party of Nevada Floyd Fitzgibbons 3.9% 9,389
Total Votes 240,492
Source: Nevada Secretary of State "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

Primary results

Nevada's 4th Congressional District Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDanny Tarkanian 31.5% 7,605
Barbara Cegavske 27.7% 6,674
Kenneth Wegner 21% 5,069
Dan Schwartz 11.3% 2,728
Kiran Hill 2.8% 666
Diana Anderson 2.5% 607
Mike Delarosa 1.5% 370
Sid Zeller 1% 252
Robert X. Leeds 0.7% 165
Total Votes 24,136



Danny Tarkanian vs. Steven Horsford
Poll Danny Tarkanian Steven HorsfordOtherUndecidedMargin of ErrorSample Size
(September 20, 2012)
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Campaign donors


Breakdown of the source of Tarkanian's campaign funds before the 2012 election.

Tarkanian was defeated by Steven Horsford in 2012. During that election cycle, Tarkanian's campaign committee raised a total of $1,261,004 and spent $1,234,212.[8]


Tarkanian has four children with his wife, Amy. They live in Las Vegas, NV.[9]

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