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David Bobzien
Nevada State Assembly District 24
In office
2007 - Present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 8
Majority Whip, Nevada State Assembly
2013 - present
Base salary$146.29/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits6 terms (12 years)
Bachelor'sGeorge Mason University
Master'sBoise State University
Date of birth1972
Place of birthWashington DC
ProfessionCampus Webmaster
Office website
Campaign website
David Bobzien (b. 1972) is a Democratic member of the Nevada Assembly, representing the 24th District since 2007. As of the 2013 session, Bobzien serves as Majority Whip; he served as Chief Deputy Majority Whip from 2011 to 2012.

Bobzien received his Bachelor of Arts in Government and Politics at George Mason University. He earned his master's in Public Administration MPA, Natural Resource Policy/Public Lands Policy, from Boise State University. He is campus webmaster; and has served as Idaho State Controller, management analyst, worked with the Montana Wildlife Federation and the Planning, Budget and Analysis office for the University of Nevada, Reno. He and his wife, Lisa, have two children: Luca and Finnegan.

Committee assignments


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

Nevada Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Labor, Chair
Ways and Means


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Bobzien served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Bobzien served on these committees:


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.[1][2][3]

After Damon's initial report, Assembly Democrats Marcus Conklin, Richard Daly, Peggy Pierce, 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. Nevada legislators are paid a $736/month housing allowance during legislative session if they live more than 50 miles from Carson City. In addition, all legislatures receive $154 per diem during legislative session.[1][2][3]

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."[1][2][3]

Campaign themes


From Bobzien's campaign website:[4]

As your Assemblyman, David pledges:
*To work to get Nevadans back to work so we can get our economy back on track
*To find common sense solutions to our budget crisis that balance our state budget while minimizing the impact on working families, education and other essential services
*To make education a real priority–for our kids and for our economic recovery
*To make safe, quality health care more affordable for all Nevadans

*To make our government more accountable and transparent



See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2012

Bobzien won re-election in the 2012 election for Nevada State Assembly, District 24. Bobzien ran unopposed in the June 12 primary election and defeated Heidi Waterman (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7][8]

Nevada State Assembly, District 24, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngDavid Bobzien Incumbent 68.1% 12,823
     Republican Heidi Waterman 31.9% 6,015
Total Votes 18,838


See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010 Bobzien won election to the Nevada House of Representatives. He defeated David Love in the June 8 primary by a margin of 2,158-465. Bobzien defeated Monty Johnson (R) in the general election.

Nevada House of Representatives, District 24 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png David Bobzien (D) 8,893
Monty Johnson (R) 4,886


On November 4, 2008, Bobzien won re-election to the District 24 Seat in the Nevada Assembly, defeating John Gwaltney.[9]

Bobzien raised $143,143 for his campaign.[10]

Nevada State Assembly, District 24 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png David Bobzien (D) 13,206 68.69%
John Gwaltney 6,020 31.31%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bobzien is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Bobzien raised a total of $592,216 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 25, 2013.[11]

David Bobzien's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nevada State Assembly, District 24 Won $152,315
2010 Nevada State Assembly, District 24 Won $147,177
2008 Nevada State Assembly, District 24 Won $143,143
2006 Nevada State Assembly, District 24 Won $149,581
Grand Total Raised $592,216


Bobzien won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Bobzien raised a total of $152,315.


Bobzien won re-election to the Nevada House of Representatives in 2010. During that election cycle, Bobzien raised a total of $147,177.


Bobzien won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2008. During that election cycle, Bobzien raised a total of $143,143.


Bobzien won election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2006. During that election cycle, Bobzien raised a total of $149,581.


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".[12]


Bobzien received a score of 32.98 percent in the 2011 report card, ranking 38th out of all 63 Nevada State Legislature members.[12]

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