Nevada State Assembly

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Nevada State Assembly

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General Information
Type:   Lower house
Term limits:   6 terms (12 years)
2015 session start:   February 4, 2013
Website:   Official House Page
House Speaker:  John Oceguera, (D)
Majority Leader:   Marcus Conklin, (D)
Minority Leader:   Pete Goicoechea, (R)
Members:  42
   Democratic Party (17)
Republican Party (25)
Length of term:   2 years
Authority:   Art 4, Nevada Constitution
Salary:   $146.29/day + per diem
Last Election:  November 6, 2012 (42 seats)
Next election:  November 4, 2014
Redistricting:  Legislature has control
The Nevada State Assembly is the lower house of the Nevada State Legislature. A total of 42 members serve in the Assembly and are elected to two year terms and meet at the State Capitol in Carson City. Each member represents an average of 64,299 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[1] After the 2000 Census, each member represented approximately 47,339 residents.[2] The Assembly meets in odd numbered years and the sessions are mandated to last only 120 days unless the Governor calls for a Special Session[3].

As of April 2015, Nevada is one of 19 states that is under divided government and is therefore not one of the state government trifectas.


When the Nevada Constitution was adopted, its fourth article established when the Nevada State Legislature, of which the Assembly is a part, was to be in session. However, Section 29 of Article 4, the section that dealt with legislative sessions, was repealed by vote of the people in the 1958 general election. The session dates for the Nevada Legislature are no longer limited by the Nevada Constitution.


See also: Dates of 2013 state legislative sessions

In 2013, the Legislature will be in session from February 4 through June 3.

Major issues

A major topic in the 77th session of the Nevada Legislature will be taxes. Gov. Brian Sandoval (R) has stated his opposition to new taxes, while Democrats are seeking a discussion on the state's tax structure.[4] Spending, Medicare, and gun-control are also expected to lead the agenda.[5]


See also: Dates of 2012 state legislative sessions

In 2012, the Assembly was not in regular session.


In 2011, the Assembly was in session from February 7 through June 6. [6]


In 2010, the Assembly was not in regular session.[7] However, the Legislature did meet in 2010 for a special session, which lasted from February 23rd to March 1st.[8]


See also: Open States' Legislative Data Report Card

The Sunlight Foundation released an "Open Legislative Data Report Card" in March 2013. Nevada was given a grade of B in the report. The report card evaluated how adequate, complete and accessible legislative data was to the general public. A total of 10 states received an A: Arkansas, Connecticut, Georgia, Kansas, New Hampshire, New York, North Carolina, Texas, Virginia and Washington.[9]



See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2012

Elections for the office of Nevada State Assembly were held in Nevada on November 6, 2012. All 42 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 16, 2012. The primary election day was June 12, 2012.

Nevada state representatives are subject to term limits, and may not serve more than six two-year terms. In 2012, 1 state representative, John Oceguera, were termed-out of office.

The following table details the 10 districts with the smallest margin of victory in the November 6 general election.


See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2010

Nevada State Assembly elections were held on November 2, 2010.

The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 12, 2010 and the primary election day was June 8, 2010.

In 2010, the candidates for state assembly raised a total of $8,353,520 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were: [10]


To be eligible to serve in the Nevada State Assembly, a candidate must be:[11]

  • 21 years old at the time of the election
  • A citizen resident of the State of Nevada for one year preceding this election
  • A resident of the district for a period of 30 days next preceding closing date for filing as a candidate


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures
How Vacancies are filled in State Legislatures
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If there is a vacancy in the Assembly, then the Board of County Commissioners in the county representing the seat must decide on a replacement. The Board of County Commissioners must select a person from the same political party that last held the seat when making its decision. If the vacancy happens before the next legislative session and an election for county officers is scheduled, no replacement is named[12].


See also: Redistricting in Nevada

The Legislature handles the redistricting process through a Legislative Operations and Elections Committee in each chamber. The Governor wields veto power, and the Legislature cannot overturn.

2010 census

Nevada received its local Census data on February 24, 2011. At a 35.1 percent rate of growth, Nevada was the fastest growing state in the Union from 2000 to 2010. The five most populous cities showed tremendous growth: Las Vegas grew by 22.0 percent, Henderson grew by 47.0 percent, Reno grew by 24.8 percent, North Las Vegas grew by 87.9 percent, and Sparks grew by 36.1 percent.[13]

Democrats controlled the Legislature, while the Governor at the time, Brian Sandoval, was a Republican. Hispanics and (to a lesser extent) Asians emerged as possible communities of interest that would merit their own districts. The Legislature failed to finish new maps, and a court-appointed panel of three 'special masters' took over. New maps were finalized on December 8, 2011, and no challenges were made.[14]


Make-up of the house

See also: Partisan composition of state houses

Party As of April 2015
     Democratic Party 15
     Republican Party 27
Total 42

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Nevada State House of Representatives from 1992-2013.
Partisan composition of the Nevada State House.PNG


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the legislature are paid $146.29/day for a maximum of 60 days. Legislators inside the 50-mile Capitol area receive the federal rate for per diem while those outside the area receive the HUD single-room rate for each month of session for housing.[15]

The Nevada Constitution specifies that the 63 members of the state Legislature are to be paid for the first 60 days of each regular session, held every other year in odd-numbered years. The pay for the 21 Senators and 42 members of the Assembly is tied to pay increases provided to state employees.

When sworn in

See also: When state legislators assume office after a general election

Nevada legislators assume office the day after the election.


The Speaker of the House is the presiding officer of the body. [16]

Current leadership

Current Leadership, Nevada State Assembly
Office Representative Party
State Speaker of the House Marilyn Kirkpatrick Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Speaker Pro Tempore Paul Aizley Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Floor Leader William Horne Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Assistant Majority Floor Leader Jason Frierson Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Whip David Bobzien Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Chief Deputy Whip Peggy Pierce Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Assistant Deputy Whip Olivia Diaz Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Majority Assistant Deputy Whip Lucy Flores Electiondot.png Democratic
State House Minority Floor Leader Pat Hickey Ends.png Republican
State House Assistant Minority Floor Leader Cresent Hardy Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Whip Thomas Grady Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Whip Lynn Stewart Ends.png Republican
State House Minority Policy Coordinator Randy Kirner Ends.png Republican

Current members

Current members, Nevada State Assembly
District Representative Party Assumed office
1 Marilyn Kirkpatrick Electiondot.png Democratic 2004
2 John Hambrick Ends.png Republican 2008
3 Peggy Pierce Electiondot.png Democratic 2002
4 Michele Fiore Ends.png Republican 2013
5 Marilyn Dondero Loop Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
6 Harvey Munford Electiondot.png Democratic 2004
7 Dina Neal Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
8 Jason Frierson Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
9 Andrew Martin Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
10 Joseph Hogan Electiondot.png Democratic 2004
11 Olivia Diaz Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
12 James Ohrenschall Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
13 Paul Anderson Ends.png Republican 2013
14 Maggie Carlton Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
15 Elliot Anderson Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
16 Heidi Swank Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
17 Tyrone Thompson Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
18 Richard Carrillo Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
19 Cresent Hardy Ends.png Republican 2011
20 Ellen Spiegel Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
21 Andy Eisen Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
22 Lynn Stewart Ends.png Republican 2007
23 Melissa Woodbury Ends.png Republican 2008
24 David Bobzien Electiondot.png Democratic 2007
25 Pat Hickey Ends.png Republican 2011
26 Randy Kirner Ends.png Republican 2011
27 Teresa Benitez-Thompson Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
28 Lucy Flores Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
29 Lesley Cohen Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
30 Michael Sprinkle Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
31 Richard Daly Electiondot.png Democratic 2011
32 Ira Hansen Ends.png Republican 2011
33 John Ellison Ends.png Republican 2011
34 William Horne Electiondot.png Democratic 2003
35 James Healey Electiondot.png Democratic 2013
36 James Oscarson Ends.png Republican 2013
37 Wesley Duncan Ends.png Republican 2013
38 Thomas Grady Ends.png Republican 2003
39 Jim Wheeler Ends.png Republican 2013
40 Pete Livermore Ends.png Republican 2011
41 Paul Aizley Electiondot.png Democratic 2008
42 Irene Bustamante Adams Electiondot.png Democratic 2011

Standing committees

The Nevada Assembly has the following 10 standing committees:


Partisan balance 1992-2013

Who Runs the States Project
See also: Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States and Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Nevada’’
Partisan breakdown of the Nevada legislature from 1992-2013

From 1992-2013, the Democratic Party was the majority in the Nevada State House of Representatives for the last 20 years while the Republicans were never the majority. The Nevada State House of Representatives is one of 18 state Houses that was Democratic for more than 80 percent of the years between 1992-2013.

Across the country, there were 577 Democratic and 483 Republican State Houses of Representatives from 1992 to 2013.

Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of Nevada, the Nevada State Senate and the Nevada House of Representatives from 1992-2013. Partisan composition of Nevada state government(1992-2013).PNG

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