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Nevada Assembly
Type
Type Lower house
Leadership
Speaker of the Assembly Barbara Buckley, (D)
since February 6, 2007
Majority Leader John Oceguera, (D)
since February 6, 2007
Minority Leader Heidi S. Gansert, (R)
since September 7, 2007
Structure
Members 42
Political groups Democratic Party
Republican Party
Election
Last election November 4, 2008
Meeting place
Assembly Chamber,
Nevada State Capitol, Carson City, NV, U.S.
Website
http://www.leg.state.nv.us/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), will take effect in 2010. Twelve members of the Assembly will be 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. As in neighboring California, the lower house of the Legislature is referred to as an "Assembly" rather than the more common "House of Representatives."

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Meetings

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 not been enough to complete legislative business, and after the last four regular sessions, special sessions have been called to finish up legislative business.

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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.

Composition

75th Legislature (2009-2010)
Affiliation Party
(Shading indicates majority caucus)
Total
Democratic Republican Vacant
End of previous legislature 27 15 42 0
Begin 28 14 42 0
Latest voting share 66.7% 33.3%

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 Residence District
Speaker Barbara Buckley Democratic Las Vegas Clark 8
Speaker pro tempore Bernie Anderson Democratic Sparks Washoe 31
Majority Leader John Oceguera Democratic Las Vegas Clark 16
Majority Whip Sheila Leslie Democratic Reno Washoe 27
Assistant Floor Majority Leader Marcus L. Conklin Democratic Las Vegas Clark 37
Assistant Majority Whip Debbie Smith Democratic Sparks Washoe 30
Minority Leader Heidi S. Gansert Republican Reno Washoe 25
Assistant Minority Leader Lynn Stewart Republican Las Vegas Clark 22
Minority Whip Pete Goicoechea Republican Eureka Assembly District 32
Minority Whip Chad Christensen Republican Las Vegas Clark 13

Members of the 75th Assembly

Name Party Residence District
Marilyn Kirkpatrick Dem Las Vegas Clark 1
John Hambrick Rep Las Vegas Clark 2
Peggy Pierce Dem Las Vegas Clark 3
Richard McArthur Rep Las Vegas Clark 4
Marilyn Dondero Loop Dem Las Vegas Clark 5
Harvey Munford Dem Las Vegas Clark 6
Morse Arberry Dem Las Vegas Clark 7
Barbara Buckley Dem Las Vegas Clark 8
Richard "Tick" Segerblom Dem Las Vegas Clark 9
Joe Hogan Dem Las Vegas Clark 10
Ruben Kihuen Dem Las Vegas Clark 11
James Ohrenschall Dem Las Vegas Clark 12
Chad Christensen Rep Las Vegas Clark 13
Ellen Koivisto Dem Las Vegas Clark 14
Kathy McClain Dem Las Vegas Clark 15
John Oceguera Dem Las Vegas Clark 16
Kelvin Atkinson Dem North Las Vegas Clark 17
Mark Manendo Dem Las Vegas Clark 18
Jerry Claborn Dem Las Vegas Clark 19
Joe Hardy Rep Boulder City Clark 20
Ellen Spiegel Dem Henderson Clark 21
Lynn Stewart Rep Henderson Clark 22
Melissa Woodbury Rep Henderson Clark 23
David Bobzien Dem Reno Washoe 24
Heidi Gansert Rep Reno Washoe 25
Ty Cobb Rep Reno Washoe 26
Sheila Leslie Dem Reno Washoe 27
Mo Denis Dem Las Vegas Clark 28
April Mastroluca Dem Henderson Clark 29
Debbie Smith Dem Sparks Washoe 30
Bernie Anderson Dem Sparks Washoe 31
Don Gustavson Rep Battle Mountain Lander, Humboldt, Washoe 32
John Carpenter Rep Elko Elko, Humboldt 33
William Horne Dem Las Vegas Clark 34
Pete Goicoechea Rep Eureka Churchill, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander,
Lyon, Pershing, Washoe, White Pine 35
Ed Goedhart Rep Amargosa Valley Churchill, Esmeralda, Lincoln, Mineral, Nye 36
Marcus Conklin Dem Las Vegas Clark 37
Tom Grady Rep Yerlington Carson City, Churchill, Lyon, Storey 38
James Settelmeyer Rep Gardnerville Douglas, Carson City, Washoe 39
Bonnie Parnell Dem Carson City Carson City, Washoe 40
Paul Aizley Dem Las Vegas Clark 41
Harry Mortenson Dem Las Vegas Clark 42

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