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The Nevada Assembly is the lower house of the Nevada Legislature, the state legislature of the U.S. state of Nevadamarker. 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 Capitolmarker in Carson Citymarker 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 Californiamarker, the lower house of the Legislature is referred to as an "Assembly" rather than the more common "House of Representatives."

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.

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


Members of the 75th Assembly

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


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