Nevada Assembly

Nevada Assembly
Nevada State Assembly
Nevada State Legislature
Type Lower house
Term limits 6 terms (12 years)
New session started February 7, 2011
Speaker of the Assembly John Oceguera, (D)
since February 7, 2011
Speaker pro Tempore Debbie Smith, (D)
since February 7, 2011
Majority Leader Marcus Conklin, (D)
since February 7, 2011
Minority Leader Pete Goicoechea, (R)
since February 7, 2011
Members 42
Political groups Democratic Party (26)
Republican Party (16)
Length of term 2 years
Authority Article 4, Nevada Constitution
Salary $146.90/day + per diem
Last election November 2, 2010
(42 seats)
Next election November 6, 2012
(42 seats)
Redistricting Legislative Control
Meeting place
Assembly Chamber
Nevada State Capitol
Carson City, Nevada
Nevada State Assembly

Coordinates: 39°09′42″N 119°45′58″W / 39.161643°N 119.766139°W / 39.161643; -119.766139 The Nevada Assembly is the lower house of the Nevada Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Nevada. The body consists of 42 members, elected to two-year terms from single-member districts. Each Assembly district contained approximately 47,400 people as of the 2000 census, although 2006 Census Bureau estimates suggest an average population of 59,400 per district. Term limits, limiting assembly members to six 2-year terms (12 years), took effect in 2010. Twelve members of the Assembly were termed out in 2010.

The Assembly met at the Nevada State Capitol in Carson City until 1971, when a separate Legislative Building was constructed south of the Capitol. The Legislative Building was expanded in 1997 to its current appearance to accommodate the growing Legislature. The lower house of the Legislature is referred to as an "Assembly" rather than the more common "House of Representatives."



The Assembly, like the Senate, is composed of citizen legislators, receiving a relatively small ($130) per diem fee for the first 60 days of a given session. This tends to self-selection, with legislative service difficult for those without flexible jobs and/or large outside incomes, such as doctors and lawyers. The Assembly, again like the Senate, meets however long is necessary for the completion of all its business, up to a maximum of 120 days, beginning the first Monday in February of every odd-numbered year. While this is designed to limit the amount of time a legislator is away from their first job, in recent years 120 days has often not been enough time to complete legislative business, and after four straight regular sessions, special sessions had been called to finish up legislative business. This trend ended in 2011, which was not followed by a special session.

Leadership of the Assembly

The Speaker of the Assembly presides over the Assembly in the chief leadership position, controlling the flow of legislation and committee assignments. The Speaker is elected by the majority party caucus, followed by confirmation of the full Assembly on passage of a floor vote. Other Assembly leaders, such as the majority and minority leaders, are elected by their respective party caucuses according to each party's strength in the chamber.

Assembly Chamber

The Nevada Assembly convenes in the south chamber of the Legislative Building. The carpet in the Assembly chamber is mainly red, in comparison to the Senate chamber, which is blue. The chamber galleries reflect the same carpet schemes. Many legislative documents and binders are colored red and blue to distinguish them between the Assembly and the Senate. Although the chamber is separated by a center aisle, the Assemblymen are not seated by party. Rather they are seated at the discretion of the Speaker. The Speaker's desk is always the first desk in the front row to the right, if you are looking out at the chamber from the Speaker's rostrum. Above the Speaker is a large gavel, which is engraved with the name of Speaker Joe Dini; the longest serving Speaker of the Nevada Assembly. Above the gavel is a portrait of Abraham Lincoln, who was President when Nevada became a State in 1864. To the left of the main door to the chamber is a podium with a Bible, which is changed to different passages by the Assembly Sargeant-at-Arms.

Since 2003, one floor session has always been held in the Old Assembly Chambers in the State Capitol. The session usually begins with a presentation from the State Archivist regarding the history of the chamber, and then legislative business proceeds as usual. Because there are no screens or voting equipment in the old chamber, all business is hand-written on a chalk board, as it would have been done when the Assembly still met in the Capitol.

All joint-meetings and joint-sessions are held in the Assembly chamber, including the State of the State Address, the State of the Judiciary Address, and addresses from Nevada's federal delegation. Unlike in Congress, where the Speaker of the House presides over all joint-meetings and sessions (except when Congress counts the Electoral Votes after a Presidential election), the President of the Senate presides over joint-meetings and sessions instead of the Speaker of the Assembly.


75th Legislature (2011-2012)
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Democratic Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 28 14 42 0
Begin 26 16 42 0
Latest voting share 61.9% 38.1%

Leadership of the Assembly

The Speaker of the Assembly presides over the Assembly in the chief leadership position, controlling the flow of legislation and committee assignments. The Speaker is elected by the majority party caucus, followed by confirmation of the full Assembly on passage of a floor vote. Other Assembly leaders, such as the majority and minority leaders, are elected by their respective party caucuses according to each party's strength in the chamber.

Position Name Party District
Speaker John Oceguera Democratic 16
Speaker pro tempore Debbie Smith Democratic 30
Majority Leader Marcus Conklin Democratic 37
Majority Whip William C. Horne Democratic 34
Assistant Majority Floor Leader Marilyn Kirkpatrick Democratic 1
Senior Chief Deputy Whip Kelvin Atkinson Democratic 17
Chief Deputy Whip David Bobzien Democratic 24
Chief Deputy Whip Peggy Pierce Democratic 3
Minority Leader Pete Goicoechea Republican 35
Assistant Minority Leader Lynn D. Stewart Republican 22
Minority Whip Tom Grady Republican 38
Minority Whip Marcus Sherwood Republican 21

Members of the 76th Assembly

District Name Party Residence
1 Marilyn Kirkpatrick Dem Las Vegas
2 John Hambrick Rep Las Vegas
3 Peggy Pierce Dem Las Vegas
4 Richard McArthur Rep Las Vegas
5 Marilyn Dondero Loop Dem Las Vegas
6 Harvey Munford Dem Las Vegas
7 Dina Neal Dem North Las Vegas
8 Jason Frierson Dem Las Vegas
9 Richard "Tick" Segerblom Dem Las Vegas
10 Joe Hogan Dem Las Vegas
11 Olivia Diaz Dem North Las Vegas
12 James Ohrenschall Dem Las Vegas
13 Scott Hammond Rep Las Vegas
14 Maggie Carlton Dem Las Vegas
15 Elliot Anderson Dem Las Vegas
16 John Oceguera Dem Las Vegas
17 Kelvin Atkinson Dem North Las Vegas
18 Richard Carrillo Dem Las Vegas
19 Steven Brooks Dem Las Vegas
20 Crescent Hardy Rep Mesquite
21 Mark Sherwood Rep Henderson
22 Lynn Stewart Rep Henderson
23 Melissa Woodbury Rep Henderson
24 David Bobzien Dem Reno
25 Pat Hickey Rep Reno
26 Randy Kirner Rep Reno
27 Teresa Benitez-Thompson Dem Reno
28 Lucy Flores Dem North Las Vegas
29 April Mastroluca Dem Henderson
30 Debbie Smith Dem Sparks
31 Richard Daly Dem Sparks
32 Ira Hansen Rep Sparks
33 John Ellison Rep Elko
34 William Horne Dem Las Vegas
35 Pete Goicoechea Rep Eureka
36 Ed Goedhart Rep Amargosa Valley
37 Marcus Conklin Dem Las Vegas
38 Tom Grady Rep Yerington
39 Kelly Kite Rep Minden
40 Pete Livermore Rep Carson City
41 Paul Aizley Dem Las Vegas
42 Irene Bustamante Adams Dem Las Vegas

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