Political gift ban; Most consequential economic and education reforms in state history; Reorganization of the nation’s 5th largest school district; Keeping Nevada families and communities safe …
Michael Roberson has been an accomplished champion of getting big things done for Nevada
(Henderson, NV) – Today, Senate Republican Leader Michael Roberson announced his candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, following last week’s announcement that current Lieutenant Governor Mark Hutchison will not be seeking a second term in 2018. Roberson was first elected to the Nevada State Senate in 2010, defeating then-incumbent Senator Joyce Woodhouse. After his first legislative session in 2011, Roberson was elected by his colleagues to serve as leader of the Republican Caucus. He was easily re-elected to a second term in 2014, earning more than 60 percent of the vote in his swing district.
“Today, I am excited today to announce my candidacy for Lieutenant Governor of the great state of Nevada,” Roberson stated. “With the experience I have gained as a business attorney, assisting numerous job providers in Nevada’s leading economic industries, as well as serving the people of our great state in elected office, I believe I am uniquely qualified for this position. It would be an exciting opportunity to lead our Nevada Tourism Commission, representing our state’s largest economic industry. I will also seek to assist our next Governor in growing and diversifying our economy, expanding education opportunities for all Nevada families and presiding over our state senate during legislative sessions.”
Senator Roberson has been a passionate fighter for Nevada’s families and taxpayers, serving as one of the most consequential and effective legislative leaders this past decade. Among other notable accomplishments, Roberson has dedicated his public life to helping pass meaningful economic, education, regulatory, tort, construction defect, PERS and collective bargaining reforms that have saved millions of dollars for Nevada taxpayers and employers.
“As a private citizen, prior to entering elected office, I often discussed with friends and family our shared frustrations about elected officials who were either too ineffective to accomplish big things, or too beholden to special interests to even try,” Roberson continued. “That’s why when I was ultimately elected to serve the people of Nevada, I rolled up my sleeves and got to work trying to accomplish big things, achieving victories on behalf of the people of Nevada while upholding the public trust.”
“There are a number of reforms I am proud to have helped pass through the legislature, but I am probably most proud of leading the effort to reorganize the nation’s fifth-largest school district – the Clark County School District – which had been talked about for decades, but without any success,” Roberson added. “With some key legislative allies and the support of Governor Sandoval, we finally got it done and continue to fight off efforts to roll back our efforts.
“In addition, political candidates too often campaign on stamping out the improper influence of special interests over the politicians they seek to influence,” Roberson concluded. “Nevada voters were fed these promises for decades, with little to no action or success. That is why I led the effort to pass a true gift ban in the legislature so that lobbyists and special interests could no longer wine and dine politicians, and shower them with gifts and favors. This was an effort to not only do the right thing, but to try to help restore the public trust that has unfortunately lost so much ground and caused significant resentment and distrust amongst the voters of our state.”
Senator Roberson has served on the Spring Valley Hospital’s Board of Governors, the Advisory Board of Advanced Technologies Academy, the Government Affairs Committee of the Southern Nevada Chapter of NAIOP/Commercial Real Estate Development Association and the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws.
In 2012, Governing Magazine recognized Michael as one of the 12 state legislators nationwide to watch, and the National Coalition for Capital awarded Michael the 2013 Champion of Small Business Award (COSBY).
Born in Webb City, Missouri and raised in Galena, Kansas, a small mining town with a population of 3,300, Senator Roberson grew up the eldest of three children. After high school, he entered the University of Kansas and graduated in 1993 with a degree in Political Science. From there, on academic scholarship, Roberson was admitted to University of Kansas School of Law and earned his Juris Doctorate in 1996.
Roberson is currently an attorney with the law firm of Kolesar & Leatham. He lives in Henderson with his wife, Liberty Leavitt-Roberson, a fifth-generation Nevadan, who is the Graduation Initiative Coordinator for the Clark County School District, as well as with their dogs, Winston and Franklin.
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