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John Oceguera
Nevada State Assembly District 16
Former member
In office
2001 - 2012
Speaker, Nevada State Assembly
2011 - 2012
Majority Floor Leader, Nevada State Assembly
2007 – 2009
Base salary$146.29/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 7, 2000
Term limits6 terms (12 years)
Associate'sWestern Nevada Community College, Truckee Meadows Community College
Bachelor'sCogswell Polytechnical College (1995)
Master'sUniversity of Nevada, Las Vegas (1998)
J.D.University of Nevada, Las Vegas (2003)
Date of birthJune 2, 1968
Place of birthReno, Nevada
ProfessionHazardous Materials Technician/Certified Instructor
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John Oceguera (b. June 2, 1968) is a former Democratic member of the Nevada Assembly, representing the 16th District from 2001 to 2012. He served as Speaker in the 2011-2012 session.

In 2012, Oceguera sought election to the U.S. House in the 3rd District of Nevada. Oceguera was defeated by Republican incumbent Joe Heck on November 6, 2012.[1]

Oceguera received his Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Administration from Cogswell Polytechnical College in 1995; and his master's in public administration and law degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in, respectively, 1998 and 2003. He is a hazardous materials technician and certified instructor; an assistant chief, captain/paramedic for the North Las Vegas Fire Department since 1991; and was a firefighter for the Naval Air Station Fire Department from 1989 to 1991.


2008 Nevada Assembly Election

On November 4, 2008, Oceguera won re-election to the District 16 Seat in the Nevada Assembly, defeating Bob Irwin.[2]

Oceguera raised $647,083 for his campaign.[3]

Nevada State Assembly, District 16 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png John Oceguera (D) 11,317 66.24%
Bob Irwin 5,769 33.76%

2010 Nevada House of Representatives Election

John Oceguera for Congress campaign logo.
See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010 Oceguera won election to the Nevada House of Representatives. He did not have any opposition in the June 8 primary. Oceguera defeated Robert Irwin (R) and Kristie Turley (L) in the general election.

Nevada House of Representatives, District 16 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Oceguera (D) 7,033
Robert Irwin (R) 5,079
Kristie Turley (L) 587

2012 US Congressional Election

See also: Nevada's 3rd congressional district elections, 2012

Oceguera ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House, representing Nevada's 3rd District.[4] He defeated James F. Haning II, Barry Michaels, Stephen H. Frye, Jesse Holder, and Gerald Sakura in the June 12, 2012 Democratic primary.[5]

General election

U.S. House, Nevada District 3 General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic John Oceguera 42.9% 116,823
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngJoe Heck Incumbent 50.4% 137,244
     Independent American Party of Nevada Tom Jones 2.1% 5,600
     Independent Jim Murphy 4.7% 12,856
Total Votes 272,523
Source: Nevada Secretary of State "U.S. House of Representatives Results"

Democratic Primary

Nevada's 3rd Congressional District Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Oceguera 50.4% 7,966
Stephen H. Frye 16.8% 2,659
Jesse Holder 13.3% 2,099
Barry Michaels 8.5% 1,346
Gerald Sakura 6.3% 989
James F. Haning II 4.7% 736
Total Votes 15,795

Term limits

In 2012, Oceguera was one of four senators and one representative to be the first legislators term limited by Nevada's 1996 amendment. The 1996 amendment did not go into affect until canvassed by the Supreme Court on November 27, 1996, so the bill only began to affect elected legislators in the 1998 election cycle.[6]



Oceguera put forth a four step plan with respect to the economy which he called "Back to Work, Back on Track."[7] His plan includes:

  • Keeping Jobs in America - Stopping tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas and encouraging businesses to keep jobs at home
  • Supporting American Small Business - Creating an environment that makes it easier for entrepreneurs to start small businesses
  • Rebuilding America's Infrastructure - Investing in infrastructure to spur economic growth and strengthen national security
  • Developing an Educated Workforce - Advancing schooling from Early childhood learning to higher education

Health Care

Oceguera supported the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act as an important step to bringing down the cost of healthcare. [8]

Social Security

Oceguera opposed the privatization of Social Security.[8]

Foreign Policy


Oceguera indicated that the United States must stand with Israel in preventing Iran from obtaining a nuclear weapon. [8] He would accomplish this through diplomacy, sanctions, and the threat of military force.

Committee assignments


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


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

Campaign donors


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

Oceguera was defeated by Joe Heck in 2012. During that election cycle, Oceguera's campaign committee raised a total of $1,534,014 and spent $1,530,431.[9]


In 2010, a year in which Oceguera was up for re-election, he collected $876,598 in donations.[10]

Listed below are the four largest contributors to Oceguera's 2010 campaign.

Donor Amount
Lewis & Roca $10,020
At&T $10,001
Pursiano Barry Lavelle Llp $10,000
Reel PAC $10,000


Listed below are the five largest contributors to John Oceguera's 2008 campaign.

Donor Amount
Wynn Las Vegas $18,376
Associated General Contractors of Las Vegas $10,000
Boyd Gaming $10,000
Nevada Association of Realtors $10,000
Nevada State Education Association $10,000


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".[11]


Oceguera received a score of 32.98 percent in the 2011 report card, ranking 38th out of all 63 Nevada State Legislature members.[11]


Oceguera is married to his wife, Janie. They live in Las Vegas with their two children.[12]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Nevada State Assembly District 16
Succeeded by
Heidi Swank (D)