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Marilyn Dondero Loop
Nevada State Assembly, District 5
In office
2008 - present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 7
Base salary$146.29/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 4, 2008
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits6 terms (12 years)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nevada, Las Vegas
Master'sUniversity of Nevada, Las Vegas
Date of birth1951
Place of birthLas Vegas, Nevada
ProfessionTextbook Publishing
Office website
Campaign website
Marilyn Dondero Loop (b. 1951) is a Democratic member of the Nevada Assembly, representing District 5. She was first elected to the chamber in 2008.


Loop earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in Education, Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Her professional experience includes working in textbook publishing and as an elementary school teacher.

Committee assignments


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

Nevada Committee Assignments, 2013
Education, Vice Chair
Health and Human Services, Chair


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Loop served on the following committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Loop served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Dondero Loop's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

My priorities for the next legislative session will include:

  • Strengthening our laws on mortgage fraud, Increasing access to credible counseling for home buyers in jeopardy of losing their homes, assisting renters being evicted from foreclosed homes.
  • Establishing a Revenue Stabilization Fund to help eliminate the boom and bust economic cycles our state has been experiencing
  • Better preparing every student for today’s workforce and providing career and technical education opportunities in our schools.
  • Working to increase the availability of affordable housing.''

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.[2][3][4]

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. At the time, Nevada legislators were paid a $736/month housing allowance during the legislative session if they lived more than 50 miles from Carson City. In addition, all legislatures received $154 per diem during the legislative session.[2][3][4]

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."[2][3][4]



See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2012

Dondero Loop won re-election in the 2012 election for Nevada State Assembly, District 5. Dondero Loop ran unopposed in the June 12 primary election and won re-election in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7][8]

Nevada State Assembly, District 5, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngMarilyn Dondero Loop Incumbent 51.3% 12,200
     Republican Bill Harrington 45% 10,705
     Independent American Jason Reeves 3.7% 872
Total Votes 23,777


See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010 Loop won election to the Nevada House of Representatives. She did not face any opposition in the June 8 primary and defeated Tim Williams in the general election.

Nevada House of Representatives, District 5 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Marilyn Dondero Loop (D) 7,271
Tim Williams (R) 6,172


See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Loop won election to the District 5 Seat in the Nevada Assembly, defeating opponents Donna Toussaint and Don Wollbright.[9]

Loop raised $173,190 for her campaign.[10]

Nevada State Assembly, District 5 (2008)
Candidates Votes Percent
Green check mark transparent.png Marilyn Dondero Loop (D) 9,332 51.40%
Donna Toussaint 7,295 40.18%
Don Wollbright 1,527 8.41%

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Loop is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Loop raised a total of $503,965 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 24, 2013.[11]

Marilyn Dondero Loop's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nevada State Assembly, District 5 Won $151,072
2010 Nevada State Assembly, District 5 Won $179,703
2008 Nevada State Assembly, District 5 Won $173,190
Grand Total Raised $503,965


Loop won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Loop raised a total of $151,072.
Nevada State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Marilyn Dondero Loop's campaign in 2012
Buckley, Barbara E.$5,500
R & R Partners$5,489
Nevada Justice Association$5,000
Nevada Association Of Realtors$5,000
MGM Mirage$4,000
Total Raised in 2012$151,072
Source: Follow the Money


Loop won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2010. During that election cycle, Loop raised a total of $179,703.


Loop won election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2008. During that election cycle, Loop raised a total of $173,190.


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]


Dondero Loop received a score of 34.03 percent in the 2011 report card, ranking 29th out of all 63 Nevada State Legislature members.[12]


Loop is married with three children.

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