Lawmakers OK Funding For Official Portrait Of Outgoing Gov. Jim Gibbons

CARSON CITY – A panel of lawmakers today approved a $20,000 appropriation to commission an official portrait of out-going Gov. Jim Gibbons.

The request by the Department of Cultural Affairs for the funding from the Interim Finance Committee’s contingency fund was approved without comment by lawmakers.

The request was submitted after Gibbons lost his re-election bid in the June primary to GOP challenger Brian Sandoval. Gibbons will leave office as the state’s 28th governor in early January. A new governor will be picked by voters in November.

Nevada law provides an appropriation for a portrait of each governor when they leave office for display in the state Capitol Building. The last portrait to be unveiled was that of former Gov. Kenny Guinn in May of 2007. Gibbons unveiled the portrait at the ceremony attended by his predecessor.

By law each portrait is the same size. Every new portrait is hung at the north side of the main entrance to the Capitol, moving their predecessors’ portraits back one space.

A committee will review the work of multiple artists before making a selection for the portrait.