Assemblyman Glenn Trowbridge (R) Clark – District 37 Born: Charleston, West Virginia (1943) Committees: Government Affairs; Health and Human Services; Legislative Operations and Elections; Taxation Hobbies: Travel, fitness, and sports officiating Passionate About: “I believe in a fiscally conservative budget with strict accountability for all tax dollars.” Session Goals: To reduce the costs of the Public Employee Retirement System without hurting the currently retired or vested employees Favorite President: Ronald Reagan Education: San Diego State University, B.S., Psychology; National University, M.B.A., Cum Laude Occupation: Retired Government Executive Interesting Fact: Assemblyman Trowbridge is a professional boxing and Mixed Martial Arts judge.
Assemblywoman Robin Titus (R) Churchill, Lyon – District 38 Born: Trenton, New Jersey (1954) Committees: Health and Human Services (Vice Chair); Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining (Chair); Ways and Means Hobbies: Hunting, fishing, exploring Nevada’s ghost towns, hiking and running Passionate About: Nevada’s states’ rights and protecting them from over-intrusion of the Federal government Session Goals: To see the “off road highway vehicle sticker” eliminated; to protect ranchers and landowners from a sage grouse endangered species listing; to protect 2nd Amendment rights. Favorite President: Teddy Roosevelt, because he was an avid outdoorsman Education: Smith Valley High School; University of Nevada, Reno B.S.; University of Nevada School of Medicine, M.D. Occupation: Family Practice Physician Interesting Fact: Assemblywoman Titus has done the grueling trek to the base camp of Mount Everest (2005) as well as a jaunty trek to the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro (2008). She is a founding member and the current president of the Smith Valley historical society. She owns a complete collection of First Edition Mark Twain novels.
Assemblyman Stephen Silberkraus (R) Clark – District 29 Born: Santa Monica, California (1981) Committees: Commerce and Labor; Government Affairs; Transportation Hobbies: Fencing, studying history, photography, shooting, travel, enjoying the arts Passionate About: Education Session Goals: To push forward with real education reform and to move up in the national rankings; to create an environment for good jobs and make sure that the children of Nevada have every opportunity that ‘we’ did Favorite President: George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, and Ronald Reagan “They all have a common theme; they stood up in a time when they were needed and all made an impact on the world. They left the [United States] better than they found it.” Education: Palisades Charter High School, L.A., CA; Santa Monica College, Santa Monica, CA; University of California, Santa Barbara, B.S. Political Science Occupation: Multimedia Professional, Author Interesting Fact: Silberkraus is an avid member-supporter of the Boy Scouts of America. He is an Eagle Scout and holds the National Medal of Honor for Heroism as well as the Venturing Silver Award. He is one of few people in the U.S. to have received all three.
Assemblywoman Shelly Shelton (R) Clark – District 10 Born: Worthington, Minnesota Committees: Education; Government Affairs; Legislative Operations and Elections (Vice Chair) Hobbies: Traveling and home schooling her daughter, “the Amazing Fayth,” for the past five years Passionate About: Issues concerning education and private enterprise Session Goals: See the session come together as a “non-partisan governing board” to help Nevadans achieve a better lifestyle. Favorite President: Thomas Jefferson Her favorite Jefferson quote is, “In matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.” Education: Spencer School of Business, Buena Vista University Occupation: Business Owner – Electrostatic Air Filter Sales and Filter Cleaning Service Interesting Fact: During the early 90s, Shelton spent two years in the mission field, most of it in Romania and Russia.
Assemblywoman Victoria Seaman (R) Clark – District 34 Born: Santa Maria, California Committees: Commerce and Labor (Vice Chair); Judiciary; Legislative Operations and Elections Hobbies: Yoga, racquetball, reading, and cooking Passionate About: Supporting Nevada businesses, creating tax incentives to create jobs Session Goals: “Reforming Nevada’s education system is a top priority of mine. Our system needs to be as unique as the families it serves, and that means cookie cutter national programs don’t always work here.” Favorite President: Ronald Reagan and Abraham Lincoln Education: College of Southern Nevada; University of Nevada, Las Vegas Occupation: Licensed Realtor Interesting Fact: Seaman is working on a degree in Marriage Family Therapy.
Assemblyman Philip “P.K.” O’Neill (R) Carson City, Washoe – District 40 Born: Washington D.C. (1951) Committees: Commerce and Labor; Judiciary; Transportation Hobbies: Avid motorcyclist and hunter Passionate About: Veterans issues, senior citizen protection, public employee retirement, education, and fair and equitable taxation Session Goals: “I would like to see a session with inter-party cooperation to solve many of the issues facing the state, including an examination of our tax and revenue policies to develop a non-volatile tax base that will support our vital services, including education, while not placing unfair burdens on any one segment of our economy.” Favorite President: Ronald Reagan Education: Completed courses at Loyola and Tulane Universities; Sierra Nevada College, Business Management Occupation: Retired in 2009 as Division Chief in the Nevada Department of Public Safety; Retired Law Enforcement Interesting Fact: O’Neill’s family has raised guide dogs for the blind.
Assemblyman Erven Nelson (R) Clark – District 5 Born: Washington D.C. (1956) Committees: Commerce and Labor; Judiciary (Vice Chair); Taxation Hobbies: Camping, hiking, and political history Passionate About: Protecting freedom of conscience; construction defect reform, and collective bargaining reform Session Goals: “I would like to strengthen education with more accountability and freedom for teachers, change the construction defect laws so that multifamily housing starts will begin again, and allow state entities and boards to decide whether or not to collectively bargain with government employees.” Favorite President: George Washington Education: Clark High School, Las Vegas, NV; Brigham Young University, Political Science; law school at BYU Occupation: Practicing lawyer in Las Vegas specializing in real estate and corporate matters Interesting Fact: Nelson has 7 children and 10 grandchildren. Most live in Nevada.
Assemblyman John Moore (R) Clark – District 8 Born: 1964 Kansas City, Missouri Committees: Government Affairs (Vice Chair); Health and Human Services; Legislative Operations and Elections Hobbies: Baseball, hiking, and camping Passionate About: Veterans’ issues “As a combat veteran myself, the issues that a lot of our veterans are facing today have always tugged at my heartstrings and I feel now that I’m in a position where I can affect some change…” Session Goals: Dealing with veteran’s issues; supporting the “hard working citizens of Nevada” Favorite President: Ronald Reagan Occupation: Real Estate Agent, Business Owner Interesting Fact: In November, Moore defeated incumbent Jason Frierson by just 40 votes.
Assemblywoman Amber Joiner (D) Washoe – District 24 Born: Reno, Nevada Committees: Education; Government Affairs; Health and Human Services Hobbies: Hiking, camping, and visiting Lake Tahoe with her husband and two children Passionate About: Conservation and environmental issues “I am most passionate about finding solutions to problems facing our young people from preschool through college, such as education, and ensuring that our elders have the services they need as they age.” Session Goals: Enact quality-of-life laws that improve education, as well as health/behavioral health services Favorite President: Franklin Roosevelt (also a fan of his First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt) Education: Bachelor’s Degree, dual majors in Political Science & Speech Communication, Minor in Spanish, University of Nevada, Reno; Master’s Degree, Political Communication, University of Maryland; Currently a Ph.D. Candidate in Political Science, UNR Interesting Fact: Joiner studied abroad in China and in Costa Rica.
Assemblyman Brent Jones (R) Clark – District 35 Born: Ojai, California (1963) Committees: Health and Human Services; Assembly Judiciary; Transportation Passionate About: Keeping taxes in Nevada low Session Goals: “To create a more business friendly Nevada that is fair to all of its citizens so that our state may flourish and prosper.” Favorite President: General George Washington, with Ronald Reagan as a close second Education: California State University, Northridge, B.S., Business Administration; Pepperdine University School of Law, Malibu, CA, J.D. Occupation: Nevada Business Owner, Real Water & AffinityLifestyles.com Interesting Fact: During ROTC training and while enrolled at Embry-Riddle, Jones once flew a T-37 “Tweedy Bird” jet.
Assemblyman David Gardner (R) Clark – District 9 Born: Mesa, AZ (1981) Committees: Education; Health and Human Services; Judiciary; Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining Hobbies: Spending time with his children playing and watching sports Passionate About: Education reform “I am working with the governor on the Opportunity Scholarship bill and the bill to allow for the deconsolidation of the school districts in the state.” Session Goals: To pass good school reform bills Favorite President: George Washington Education: Durango High School, Las Vegas; University of Nevada, Las Vegas, B.A., University Studies; William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV, J.D. Occupation: Attorney Interesting Fact: Gardner sang throughout high school and college and once performed at Carnegie Hall.
Assemblyman Edgar Flores (D) Clark – District 28 Born: Las Vegas, Nevada Committees: Education; Government Affairs; Transportation Hobbies: Playing soccer and enjoying literature Passionate About: “Helping our working class” and education Session Goals: Helping the working class and focusing on education Education: College of Southern Nevada; University of Nevada, Las Vegas, B.A., English, William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV, J.D. Occupation: Attorney Interesting Fact: Flores was the only candidate to file for Assembly District 28, a seat Lucy Flores gave up to run for lieutenant governor. His parents fled cartel-ridden Juarez, Mexico; they later became legal U.S. residents when then-President Ronald Reagan offered amnesty in 1986.
Assemblyman Chris Edwards (R) Clark – District 19 Born: Sleepy Hollow, New York (1965) Committees: Education; Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining; Ways and Means Hobbies: Travel, discus-throwing, and racquetball; an all-around sports enthusiast Passionate About: “Good governance; making sure we make sound, effective policy, and that we actually know the problems.” Session Goals: Good policy related to jobs, education, accountability, and taking care of veterans Favorite President: George Washington Education: University of Notre Dame, Indiana, B.A., Government; The George Washington University, Washington, D.C., M.P.A. Occupation: Strategic Planning Interesting Fact: Edwards was born and raised in Sleepy Hallow, New York, the setting of Washington Irving’s tale of the Headless Horseman.
Assemblywoman Victoria Dooling (R) Clark – District 41 Born: Houston, Texas (1944) Committees: Education; Government Affairs; Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining; Transportation Hobbies: Clothing design and cooking Passionate About: Education, job creation, and tax reform Session Goals: Passing some great education reform bills Education: William Howard Taft High School, Woodland Hills, CA; LA Pierce College School, Woodland Hills, CA Occupation: Manufacturing, sales, and consulting
Assemblywoman Jill Dickman (R) Washoe – District 31 Born: Hancock, Michigan Committees: Health and Human Services; Taxation; Transportation (Vice Chair); Ways and Means Hobbies: Knitting Passionate About: Keeping taxes low and “keeping Nevada a business friendly state” Session Goals: To improve our education system “For decades I’ve been concerned about our failing schools and there hasn’t been much improvement over all those years. It’s time for some real reforms, not just more talk.” Favorite President: George Washington and Ronald Reagan Education: L’Anse High School, Michigan; Michigan Technological University, Houghton, Michigan Occupation: Business owner in Sparks, NV involved in custom manufacturing of hydraulics and pneumatics Interesting Fact: Dickman attends a high-fashion knitting convention in Santa Clara every spring. She is also a semi-professional harp player who has performed at numerous venues around Reno.
Assemblyman Nelson Araujo (D) Clark – District 3 Born: Las Vegas, Nevada Committees: Health and Human Services; Judiciary; Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining; Transportation Hobbies: Enjoys reading, hiking, and fitness Passionate About: Access to quality education for all of our youth Session Goals: To “work together with his colleagues to find common solutions for Nevadans” Favorite President: John F. Kennedy Education: Rancho High School, Las Vegas, NV; University of Nevada, Las Vegas, B.A. Communications; UNLV, M.P.A. Occupation: Senior Director of Collective Impact and Diversity, United Way of Southern Nevada Interesting Fact: At age 28, Araujo is nearly 50 years younger than the Assembly’s most senior member, Harvey Munford.
Assemblyman Derek Armstrong (R) Clark – District 21 Born: Las Vegas, Nevada (1980) “The one thing that I’m always asked is about my age. I turn 35 in August, which seems to be a surprise for most.” Committees: Education; Taxation (Chair); Ways and Means Passionate About: Advocating for small business and improving education Session Goals: To learn and serve Favorite President: Thomas Jefferson Education: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, B.A., Economics, William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV, J.D. Occupation: Attorney; primary practice areas are tax and estate planning Interesting Fact: After high school, Assemblyman Armstrong spent five years in the United States Marine Corps.
Senator Patricia Farley (R) Clark – District 8 Born: Mesa, Arizona (1974) Committees: Commerce, Labor and Energy (Vice Chair); Legislative Operations and Elections (Chair); Transportation Hobbies: Working with non-profits Passionate about: Child welfare, hunger, and education Session Goals: “I would love for Nevada to return to a great state to do business in.” Favorite President: Ronald Reagan Education: Mountain View High School, Mesa, AZ; University of Arizona, B.S. Occupation: Construction/Business Owner- Southwest Specialties, Inc. Interesting Fact: Farley also co-owns Kids’ Club Las Vegas, a 10,000 square foot indoor playground and café.
Senator Becky Harris (R) Clark – District 9 Born: Provo, Utah (1968) Committees: Commerce, Labor and Energy; Education (Chair); Judiciary (Vice Chair) Hobbies: Hiking, traveling, and reading. Passionate about: “Education, Education, Education!” Session Goals: To see bond rollover legislation pass to raise funds needed for capital improvements for schools “I would also like to improve literacy rates among Nevada’s children. I am working on Read by Third Grade legislation to help provide the programs and resources Nevada’s students need.” Favorite President: Ronald Reagan Education: Brigham Young University, B.A.; University of Nevada, Las Vegas, M.A.; Brigham Young University, J.D. Occupation: Attorney/Mediator Interesting Fact: Harris is an avid fan of swimming.
Senator Mark Lipparelli (R) Clark – District 6 Born: Elko, NV (1965) Committees: Education; Finance; Government Affairs; Health and Human Services Passionate about: Fiscal management and job creation Session Goals: Senator Lipparelli would like to see bipartisan consensus on improving education Favorite President: Ronald Reagan Education: University of Nevada, Reno, B.S., Finance; University of Nevada, Reno, M.S., Economics Occupation: Consultant, Business Owner Interesting Fact: Lipparelli is third-generation Elko-born. He was appointed to fill the District 6 vacancy created by Mark Hutchison’s election to the lieutenant governor post in November.