Dawn Gibbons

Dawn Gibbons
Dawn Gibbons
First Lady of Nevada
In office
January 1, 2007 – July 21, 2010
Preceded by Dema Guinn
Succeeded by Kathleen Teipner Sandoval
Member of the Nevada Assembly
from the 25th district
In office
Preceded by Jim Gibbons
Succeeded by Jim Gibbons
In office
Preceded by Brian Sandoval
Succeeded by Heidi Gansert
Personal details
Born March 9, 1954 (1954-03-09) (age 57)
Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jim Gibbons (1985–2010, divorced)
Children 1

Dawn Gibbons (born March 9, 1954) is an American politician from Nevada. She is known for being the wife of Governor Jim Gibbons, although they were divorced on July 21, 2010.


Early and personal life

Dawn Gibbons was born in Atlanta, Georgia and moved to Nevada at the age of 20.[1] She graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a bachelor's degree in geological studies. Following graduation, she owned and operated two wedding chapels in Reno, Nevada. During this period, she met her future husband, Jim Gibbons, then a Delta Air Lines pilot. They married in 1986. Together they have one child, Jimmy, now serving in the United States Navy and currently at Whiting Field in flight training.

Political Career

In 1991, Dawn Gibbons was appointed to the Nevada Assembly, filling a vacancy created when her husband resigned his seat in order to serve in the Persian Gulf War. She resigned from the state legislature in April 1991, allowing her husband to reclaim his seat.[clarification needed] Following her husband's reappointment to the seat, she resumed her career in business until 1998, when she was elected to the Nevada Assembly, serving from 1999 to 2005. During the 2006 election season, she was defeated in the Republican Party primary to succeed her husband in the U.S. House of Representatives, finishing in third place behind Secretary of State Dean Heller, the eventual winner of both the primary and the general elections, and State Assemblywoman Sharron Angle. In that same election cycle, her husband won both the Republican primary and the general election to become Governor of Nevada.


On May 2, 2008, the governor filed for divorce on grounds of incompatibility, citing an undisclosed incident in Reno, and asked the court to determine whether he or his wife would live at the Nevada Governor's Mansion in Carson City.[2]

Gibbons subsequently moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, and debuted her talk radio show, The Dawn Gibbons Show, on Fox News on March 30, 2010, with Nevada Assembly Republican Minority Leader Heidi Gansert and U.S. Senator Harry Reid as her first guests. Gibbons endorsed Reid in his re-election bid, saying he "was the only one to call to see how I was [after filing for divorce]. The only elected official to do that. He's a gift from God."[3]

On July 21, 2010, the divorce became final.[4]


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Nevada Assembly
Preceded by
Jim Gibbons
Member of the Nevada Assembly from the 25th legislative district
Succeeded by
Jim Gibbons
Preceded by
Brian Sandoval
Member of the Nevada Assembly from the 25th legislative district
Succeeded by
Heidi Gansert

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