Skip Daly

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Skip Daly
Nevada State Assembly, District 31
In office
February 7, 2011 - present
Term ends
November 5, 2014
Years in position 3
Base salary$146.29/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits6 terms (12 years)
ProfessionUnion worker
Office website
Campaign website
Richard "Skip" Daly is a Democratic member of the Nevada State Assembly, representing District 31. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.


Daly's professional experience includes working as a business manager at Laborers Local 169 and as a laborer journeyman.

Committee assignments


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

Nevada Committee Assignments, 2013
Commerce and Labor
Government Affairs
Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining, Chair



In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Daly served on this committee:


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


Daly's website highlighted campaign themes including creating jobs through public works and "restructuring" Nevada's economic development system; education funding and reform; diversification of the state's economy and "government accountability and efficiency."[4]



See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2012

Daly won re-election in the 2012 election for Nevada State Assembly, District 31. Daly ran unopposed in the June 12 primary election and defeated David Espinosa (R) in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[5][6][7][8]

Nevada State Assembly, District 31, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngRichard Daly Incumbent 52% 14,540
     Republican David Espinosa 48% 13,422
Total Votes 27,962


Due to redistricting, many Nevada districts saw dramatic shifts in their boundary lines. As a result, Daly's District 31 moved from a complacent 16-point Democratic voter registration advantage to a 4-point lead towards Republicans. Because of the new Republican voter registration advantage in District 31, Republicans planned to aggressively target the district in 2012.[9]


See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010 Daly won election to the Nevada House of Representatives. Daly defeated Xiomara Rodriquez in the June 8 primary by a margin of 1,760-568. He bested Randy Thompson (R) in the general election.

Nevada House of Representatives, District 31 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Richard Daly (D) 6,258
Randi Thompson (R) 4,725

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Daly is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Daly raised a total of $392,882 during that time period. This information was last updated on June 26, 2013.[10]

Skip Daly's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nevada State Assembly, District 31 Won $229,911
2010 Nevada State Assembly, District 31 Won $162,971
Grand Total Raised $392,882


Daly won re-election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2012. During that election cycle, Daly raised a total of $229,911.
Nevada State Assembly 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Skip Daly's campaign in 2012
Laborers International Union Of North America$10,200
Laborers Local 295$8,500
Nevada State AFL-CIO$8,284
Building & Construction Trades Council Of Northern Nevada$7,500
Total Raised in 2012$229,911
Source:Follow the Money


Daly won election to the Nevada State Assembly in 2010. During that election cycle, Daly raised a total of $162,971.


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]


Daly received a score of 34.03% in the 2011 report card, ranking 29th out of all 63 Nevada State Legislature members.[11]


Daly and his wife, Lisa, have two children.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bernard Anderson (D)
Nevada State Assembly District 31
Succeeded by