About the Nevada Legislature
When the 77th Regular Session of the Nevada Legislature convenes on Monday, February 4, 2013, both the Senate and Assembly will welcome large contingents of new members as a result of the 2012 elections. It will be the biggest turnover in many years, but Democrats still retain majorities in both legislative bodies.
Several factors led to the large turnover in the Nevada Legislature for the 2013 biennial session. Among these are reapportionment of districts, term limits, legislators deciding not to run for re-election or retiring, incumbent legislators being defeated in the 2012 election, and the passing of members.
The Nevada Legislature's regular biennial (every two years) sessions are limited by law to 120 days. The Nevada Legislature is composed of a 42 member Assembly and a 21 member Senate. The Governor may call special sessions of the Legislature if the need arises between regular sessions.
Leadership in the Nevada Legislature
Leadership positions in both the Senate and Assembly will be different than during the previous session in 2011. Here are the players...
- Senator Moises (Mo) Denis (D, Las Vegas) - Majority Leader
- Senator Michael Roberson (R, Las Vegas) - Minority Leader
- Assemblywoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick (D, North Las Vegas) - Speaker of the Assembly
- Assemblyman Paul Aizley (D, Las Vegas) - Speaker Pro Tempore
- Assemblyman Pat Hickey (R, Reno) - Minority Floor Leader
Political Makeup of the 77th Regular Session of the Nevada Legislature
Democrats retained majorities in both the Senate and Assembly following the 2012 elections. However, the majorities are slim and not veto - proof. Any efforts to override vetoes by the governor will require bipartisan support. The party affiliations going into the 2012 regular session are as follows.
- Current Assembly Members - Democrats 27, Republicans 15
- Current Senate Members - Democrats 11, Republicans 10
Nevada's top executives in 2012, Governor Brian Sandoval and Lt. Governor Brian Krolicki, are both Republicans.
New Senators in the Nevada Legislature
These new Senators won their respective races in the 2012 elections and will serve in the 77th Regular Session of the Nevada Legislature. If you see familiar names, it's because there are some new senators who previously served in the Assembly.
- Kelvin Atkinson (D, North Las Vegas)
- Aaron D. Ford (D, Las Vegas)
- Pete Goicoechea (R, Eureka)
- Scott Hammond (R, Las Vegas)
- Mark Hutchison (R, Las Vegas)
- Justin C. Jones (D, Las Vegas)
- Tick Segerblom (D, Las Vegas)
- Debbie Smith (D, Sparks)
- Pat Spearman (D, North Las Vegas)
- Joyce Woodhouse (D, Henderson)
New Assembly Members in the Nevada Legislature
These new Assembly members won their respective races in the 2012 elections and will serve in the 77th Regular Session of the Nevada Legislature.
- Paul Anderson (R, Las Vegas)
- Lesley E. Cohen (D, Henderson)
- Duncan Wesley (R, Las Vegas)
- Andy Eisen (D, Las Vegas)
- Michele Fiore (R, Las Vegas)
- James Healey (D, Las Vegas)
- Andrew Martin (D, Las Vegas)
- James Oscarson (R, Pahrump)
- Ellen Spiegel (D, Henderson)
- Michael Sprinkle (D, Sparks)
- Heidi Swank (D, Las Vegas)
- Jim Wheeler (R, Minden)
More About the 77th Regular Session of the Nevada Legislature
The Nevada Legislature website has numerous links to information and ways citizens can participate and stay informed. Here are some of them...
- Nevada Electronic Legislative Information System (NELIS)
- Prefiled Bills of the 77th (2013) Session
- Bill Draft Request (BDR) List of the 77th (2013) Session
- Personalized Legislative Tracking (PLT) for the 77th (2013) Session
- Legislative Committees for the 77th (2013) Session
- Legislator Information for the 77th (2013) Session
- Share Your Opinion with the Legislature
Source: Nevada Legislature.