Steven Brooks

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Steven Brooks
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Nevada State Assembly, District 17
Former member
In office
February 7, 2011 - March 28, 2013
PartyDemocratic
Compensation
Base salary$146.29/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits6 terms (12 years)
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of California, Riverside
Personal
ProfessionCivic management analyst
Websites
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Personal website
Campaign website
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Steven Brooks is a former Democratic member of the Nevada State Assembly, representing the 19th District from 2011 to 2012, and the 17th District from February 4, 2013 to March 28, 2013. Brooks became the first lawmaker to be expelled from the Nevada State Legislature following two arrests that called his emotional health into question.[1]

Issues

Campaign themes

2012

Brooks told the Las Vegas Review-Journal that he is "a fiscal conservative and liberal democrat."[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Nevada Committee Assignments, 2013
Health and Human Services
Transportation
Ways and Means

2011-2012

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

Elections

2012

See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2012

Brooks ran in the 2012 election for Nevada State Assembly, District 17. Brooks ran unopposed in the June 12 primary election and defeated Len Marciano (R) in the general election, which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4][5][6]

Nevada State Assembly, District 17, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngSteven Brooks Incumbent 68.5% 13,607
     Republican Len Marciano 31.5% 6,247
Total Votes 19,854

2010

See also: Nevada State Assembly elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Brooks won election to the Nevada House of Representatives. Brooks defeated Meghan Smith, Scott Hafen, Brandon Casutt, and Piange Jackson in the June 8 primary election. He defeated Jerry Wang (R) and James Rhodes (Independent American) in the general election.

Nevada House of Representatives, District 19 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Steven Brooks (D) 4,596
Jerry Wang (R) 2,399
James Rhodes (I) 433

Campaign donors

2012

Campaign donor information is not yet available for this year.

2010

In 2010, a year in which Brooks was up for re-election, he collected $131,249 in donations.[7]

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

Donor Amount
Gino Mauriello & Co $19,000
Shropshire, Jacqulyn $5,000
Laborers International Local 872 $5,000
Nady, C J & Laurie $3,000

Controversies

Arrests in 2013

On Saturday, January 19, 2013, North Las Vegas police arrested Brooks, booking him on one count of intimidating a public official with physical violence. Sources told the Las Vegas Sun that Brooks had allegedly threatened to shoot Speaker-elect Marilyn Kirkpatrick (D) that afternoon because he was unhappy with his committee appointments for the upcoming legislative term. Brooks was taken into custody without incident at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday evening. According to the Sun, Brooks "had told lobbyists and other lawmakers that he had expected to become chairman of the Assembly Ways and Means Committee, a powerful committee that oversees changes to the governor's proposed budget." However, the leadership had instead chosen Maggie Carlton as committee chair. The Nevada Assembly's Democratic caucus had recently been divided by the recent leadership contest between Kirkpatrick and William Horne, triggered by the narrow defeat in November 2012 of Majority Floor Leader and expected speaker Marcus Conklin in his re-election bid.[8]

Brooks was released after posting his $100,000 bail on January 20, a little more than 24 hours after being taken into custody. If convicted of intimidating a public official, a felony charge, he could face up to five years in prison and a $10,000 fine. When announcing Brooks' release on Monday, police declined to confirm or deny whether the assemblyman had been arrested with a firearm.[9] On January 21, 2013, Brooks told Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Steve Sebelius, "I'm innocent. Marilyn wants to kill me."[10] The city of Las Vegas, where Brooks works as an analyst, placed him on unpaid leave on January 22.[11]

On January 22, 2013, after announcing that Brooks had been hospitalized in Las Vegas for digestive bleeding, possibly due to a pre-existing condition, Brooks' attorney Michael Posin informed the press that "there are a lot of things going on here that will put things in a different light than it appears right now." That same day, North Las Vegas police Sgt. Tim Bedwell confirmed that Brooks had a gun in his car at the time of his arrest at a traffic stop but declined to say its caliber and whether it was loaded.[12] According to a law enforcement report obtained by the Las Vegas Sun, the police had been warned that Brooks was "willing to have a shootout with police." Officers found a .357 Smith and Wesson and 41 rounds of live ammunition in Brooks' vehicle at the time of his arrest.[13]

The January 28 initial court date for Brooks was delayed as the assemblyman underwent a mental evaluation. No charges have been filed yet. Following his prior release from the hospital after his stay for internal bleeding, Brooks had "reportedly exhibited bizarre behavior, including leaving the Legislative building in Carson City in a hood and appearing shirtless on the front page of the Jan. 25 Las Vegas Review-Journal."[14] In his January 24 interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Brooks maintained his innocence, admitted to having a gun with him at the time of his arrest, and claimed that he was in danger from Kirkpatrick.[15] After undergoing the mental evalualtion, Brooks was released from the hospital on January 31.[16]

Brooks was sworn in on February 4, 2013, at the start of the new legislative term but was expected to take a leave of absence for medical purposes. Speaker Kirkpatrick told the media that she intended to form a select committee to examine the Brooks case and to make recommendations for how to deal with similar situations in the future.[16] Brooks apparently backed away from an agreement to take a leave of absence, so Kirkpatrick appointed her investigation panel on Thursday, February 7. Majority Leader Horne (D) was appointed to chair the 7-member panel, whose other members included Democrats Richard Carrillo, Jason Frierson, and Dina Neal and Minority Leader Pat Hickey (R) and his fellow Republicans Wesley Duncan and Lynn Stewart. Brooks then announced he was taking a 3-week leave of absence. He had already been removed from the Assembly's Democratic Caucus on February 6.[17]

Police arrested Brooks again on February 10, 2013, after his wife called 911 from a neighbor's house. Brooks allegedly had grabbed his wife by her hair and pushed her, causing her to go to the neighbor's house. When police arrived, the legislator allegedly attempted to punched an officer and then struggled to grab the officer's gun before being subdued with the assistance of a second officer. Brooks was arrested for obstructing the police and domestic battery.[18][19] After being released on a $4,000 bond, Brooks claimed on Monday, February 11, that the police had attacked him before the arrest. Also on February 11, the Nevada legislature banned Brooks from its premises and placed him on leave for the duration of the ongoing investigation by Kirkpatrick's panel. Brooks' next court date is April 11, 2013.[20]

Brooks' behavior in the legislature apparently triggered one of the legislature's employees to file a complaint to the Division of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) about "an unstable and dangerous employee." Although OSHA district manager Chris Davies' February 4 letter to legislative staff did not reveal the names of the employee who filed the complaint or its subject, staff and the media assumed it referred to Brooks. Although OSHA did not plan any investigation, the Davies letter was one more piece of evidence likely to be considered by Horne's special panel's investigation into Brooks' behavior. If the panel recommends expelling the legislator, two thirds of the Assembly would need to support the measure.[21]

Expulsion

On the night of March 26, 2013, a special bipartisan committee voted 6-1 to recommend the expulsion of Brooks from the Nevada State Assembly. The person to vote against recommending expulsion, Dina Neal, said she preferred suspension over expulsion. The full chamber needed to pass a measure by a two-thirds majority in order to officially oust Brooks. The last time this procedure was used on a member of the Assembly was in 1867, though the assembly never voted on the matter.[22]

On March 28, 2013, the Assembly expelled Brooks by voice vote, with few 'no' votes.[1]

Following the expulsion, Brooks was again arrested after leading police on a high-speed chase for 15 miles. He was charged with forcefully resisting an officer, evading arrest, throwing objects from a motor vehicle, and harming a police dog. Police statements said that Brooks had refused to pay a tow truck operator, who reported unusual behavior. A report from the Barstow Police Department said further that after his vehicle was disabled, Brooks failed to heed orders, and that he choked and hit a police dog, which required veterinary attention. Brooks was taken to a hospital before being jailed with bail set at $100,000.[23] On August 6, 2013, Brooks pleaded not guilty to the charges in San Bernardino County Superior Court.[24]

On June 1, 2013, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that costs related to the Brooks controversy exceeded $100,000, including $66,715 for the independent counsel hired to determine the necessity of expulsion, $28,000 for investigative services, and $9,400 for Legislative Counsel Bureau police.[25]

Scorecards

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".[26]

2011

Brooks received a score of 30.89% in the 2011 report card, ranking 52nd out of all 63 Nevada State Legislature members.[26]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 The Associated Press, "Nevada Assembly Ousts Embattled Steven Brooks," March 28, 2013. Retrieved March 28, 2013
  2. Las Vegas Review-Journal, "Steven Brooks," accessed October 22, 2012
  3. Nevada Secretary of State, "2012 Primary Candidates," accessed May 6, 2014
  4. Clark County, "2012 Primary Candidates," accessed May 6, 2014
  5. Washoe County, "2012 General Election candidates," accessed May 5, 2014
  6. Nevada Secretary of State, "Official Results of the 2012 Primary Election," accessed April 23, 2014
  7. 2010 campaign contributions
  8. Las Vegas Sun, "Assemblyman in jail, accused of threatening fellow lawmaker," January 20, 2013
  9. Associated Press, "Nevada lawmaker freed from jail in threat case," January 21, 2013
  10. Las Vegas Review-Journal, "Nevada legislative counsel checking on seating Assemblyman Brooks," January 22, 2013
  11. Anjeanette Damon & David McGrath Schwartz, Las Vegas Sun, "Mounting fears over armed Nevada lawmaker’s mental state preceded arrest," January 23, 2013
  12. Las Vegas Sun, "Nevada lawmaker facing threat case hospitalized," January 22, 2013
  13. Las Vegas Sun, "Armed assemblyman was prepared for a shootout, report says," January 22, 2013
  14. Matt Guillermo, KVVU-TV, "Court delayed for Vegas lawmaker in threat case," January 28, 2013
  15. Benjamin Spillman, Las Vegas Review-Journal, "Assemblyman Steven Brooks: 'I've had a month of hell'," January 28, 2013
  16. 16.0 16.1 Sandra Chereb, Associated Press, "Assemblyman Stevens Brooks takes seat; expected to take leave of absence," February 4, 2013
  17. Sandra Chereb, Associated Press, "Nevada lawmaker Brooks says he'll take 3-week leave," February 7, 2013
  18. William D'Urso, Las Vegas Sun, "Report: Assemblyman struggled with police, claimed to grab officer’s gun," February 11, 2013
  19. Molly Waldron, KTNV, "Police report: Steven Brooks attacked wife, officers," February 11, 2013
  20. Ken Ritter, Associated Press, "Nevada Assemblyman Steven Brooks banned from Legislature," February 12, 2013
  21. Sandra Chereb, Associated Press, "Update: OSHA receives complaint about 'unstable and dangerous employee' at Nevada Legislature; staff assumes it's Brooks," February 13, 2013
  22. abcnews.go.com, "Nev. Panel Votes to Oust Embattled Assembly Member," March 27, 2013
  23. The Huffington Post, "Steven Brooks Arrested Hours After Nevada Expulsion," March 29, 2013. Retrieved March 29, 2013
  24. Associated Press, "Ex-Assemblyman Pleads ‘Not Guilty,’ August 6, 2013. Retrieved August 7, 2013
  25. Las Vegas Review-Journal, "Cost of Brooks mess grows by almost $10,000," June 1, 2013. Retrieved June 24, 2013
  26. 26.0 26.1 Nevada Policy Research Institute, "The 2011 Nevada Legislative Session Review & Report Card," accessed May 5, 2014
Political offices
Preceded by
Kelvin Atkinson (D)
Nevada State Assembly District 17
2013
Succeeded by
Tyron Thompson (D)
Preceded by
Jerry Claborn (D)
Nevada State Assembly District 19
2011–2012
Succeeded by
Cresent Hardy (R)