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Freshman Reno Assemblyman Randy Kirner Announces Reelection Bid

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 3:42 pm February 27th, 2012

CARSON CITY – Assemblyman Randy Kirner, R-Reno, today announced he is seeking reelection in District 26.

Under Nevada’s new court-approved redistricting map, the district retains the areas of Incline Village and Crystal Bay at Lake Tahoe and portions of the Washoe Valley, and adds areas of south Reno.

“Our economy and jobs are on the top of everyone’s mind,” Kirner said. “My goal is to introduce and support policies that create pathways to put people back to work. I’m also eager to see continued progress on our educational goals at all levels from kindergarten thru college. I view education as the key to future economic success.”

Kirner was one of only two true freshman legislators to serve on the powerful Ways & Means Committee in the 2011 legislative session. He also served on the Education and Transportation committees.

Kirner said he was successful in passing a jobs bill in the 2011 session as well as several other pieces of legislation. He co-sponsored many of the education reforms and worked with other members of the Ways & Means Committee to support a state budget that reduces spending by $500 million over the biennium, a first in Nevada history.

Kirner is a retired executive from International Game Technology and has a doctorate in organizational leadership.

Kirner currently serves on the Interim Finance Committee and the Interim Retirement and Benefits Committee. Kirner and his wife, Peggy, have been married 45 years and have two children and five grandchildren.

Sparks Assemblyman Ira Hansen Announces Re-election Bid

By Nevada News Bureau Staff | 12:22 pm February 21st, 2012

CARSON CITY – Nevada state Assemblyman Ira Hansen, R-Sparks, announced today he will seek re-election to District 32 in the 2012 general election.

Under the new court-approved redistricting map, Hansen’s district is the largest in size in the Assembly, and includes Lander, Humboldt, Pershing, Mineral and Esmeralda counties and parts of Washoe and Nye counties.

“My goal is to bring common sense solutions and real life experience to issues that affect ordinary workers and small business entrepreneurs,” Hansen said.

Assemblyman Ira Hansen, R-Sparks. / Nevada News Bureau file photo.

Hansen served as a member of the Judiciary, Education, and Natural Resources, Mining and Agriculture committees in his first term in the 2011 legislative session.

Hansen said his legislative successes include tort reform in construction defect law, expansion of 2nd Amendment protections, and illegal immigration reforms.

Hansen is a licensed master plumber and has been a Nevada contractor for 26 years. He is the owner of Hansen & Sons Plumbing & Heating.

“I know what it is like to work long hours and to meet a payroll,” Hansen said.

Hansen, currently serving as a member of the Public Lands Committee, said he is working hard to prevent the “endangered” listing of the Sage Grouse, which would be an economic disaster for rural Nevada. He is also fighting for an expansion of livestock grazing to reduce the buildup of cheatgrass – the cause of catastrophic wildfires in recent decades.

“It is wrong to waste tens of millions of taxpayers’ dollars fighting avoidable wildfires,” Hansen said.

A third generation native Nevadan, Hansen and his wife, Alexis, have been married for 32 years. They have eight children and five grandchildren.


Amodei Will Run For Re-Election, Touts Accomplishments In First 55 Days In Congress

By Sean Whaley | 11:38 am November 7th, 2011

RENO – Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., made it official today, saying he will run for a full-term in District 2 in the 2012 election.

Amodei, on a tour of his district with his Washington, DC staff in tow, made the unsurprising announcement at an open house in his new Reno office in the Bruce Thompson federal building here. Amodei will also visit Elko and Winnemucca on his trip and return to Washington on Sunday.

“First of all it’s Day 55 of the Amodei tenure in congress,” he said in a briefing with the media. “But I think in terms of delivering on the ‘I think I can hit the ground running’ (campaign promise) –  (I) introduced two pieces of legislation already, co-sponsored several, first day I was sworn in voted on the right to work deal with NLRB (National Labor Relations Board) and South Carolina – so it’s been a pretty busy time.”

Rep. Mark Amodei, R-Nev., talks to the media today in a Reno open house. / Nevada News Bureau.

Amodei was elected to replace Dean Heller in a special election Sept. 13, 55 days ago today. Heller was appointed by Gov. Brian Sandoval to the U.S. Senate to replace John Ensign, who resigned. Amodei was on his way to Washington the next day and was sworn into office on Sept. 15, casting his first vote the same day.

Amodei said he still feels like the new guy after nearly two months in office, and still has to figure out a way to buy a television and get it back to his apartment on the DC metro.

Amodei said he is grateful for Republican leadership and Rep. Chuck Fleischmann, R-Tenn., for making room for his appointment to the Natural Resources Committee. Nevada representation on the panel is critical given that 85 percent of the state is under the control of the federal government, he said.

“There was not an opening, and so one of my colleagues was nice enough to say, ‘I’ll step aside to create an opening’, so that was a big deal,” Amodei said.

Amodei’s fledgling legislative efforts include a measure asking the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to go through Congress and not use executive authority to create wilderness areas in the west, and a proposal just introduced to create the Pine Forest Range Wilderness Area north of Winnemucca. The proposal has been endorsed by Humboldt County officials and other stakeholders.

“I firmly believe it’s possible to use resources responsibly in an environmental sense but maintain multiple use concepts, so we’re going to be going forward with that,” Amodei said.

Amodei said he has had good discussions with BLM officials about ways to speed up the permitting process to let mining projects go forward to create jobs in Nevada.

“I can tell you that the complaint I’ve heard the most is the amount of time it takes,” he said.

Amodei said he endorsed Mitt Romney in the Republican presidential race because he is “the most vetted and most electable” of the candidates. Romney is also the only candidate who asked for an endorsement, he said.

“I just think Mitt Romney is the strongest general election candidate in the field right now,” he said.

Amodei also defended his hiring decisions, responding to a Reno Gazette-Journal report that no Nevadans are on his Washington, DC, staff.

The Nevada Democratic Party wasted no time in trying to capitalize on the story: “In case we needed further evidence that Republicans aren’t focused on getting Nevadans back to work, the RGJ reports that career politician and lobbyist Mark Amodei doesn’t have any Nevadans employed in his Washington office. Apparently in the state with the highest unemployment in the country, Amodei could not find one Nevadan to work in his DC office,” spokesman Zach Hudson said in a statement today.

Amodei said he did not turn down any Nevadans for the DC staff jobs, and noted that he and his staff were on the job responding to constituents in record time.


Audio clips:

Rep. Mark Amodei says it has been a busy 55 days:

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Amodei says getting a seat on the Natural Resources Committee is a big deal:

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Amodei says environmental concerns and resource development can go hand-in-hand:

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Amodei defends his Washington, DC staff hiring:

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