The Nevada Republican Party is the affiliate of the Republican Party in Nevada. The organization has a history that goes back to 1864. The Nevada Republican Party also has its own platform that discusses the direction that it feels the United States should go for the future generations. Also it has its own by-laws that go into details about how the organization should be structured and organized.
Nevada was founded as a state on October 31, 1864. When the state was first formed it was a Republican state. Some speculate that this was because of Nevadans' loyalty to the president who brought them into the Union, Abraham Lincoln. In the first two general elections all the constitutionally elected positions went to the Republicans. This changed starting in 1871 when four out of the six constitutional positions were won by the Democrats.
In the general elections of 1894 and 1898 the Silver Party, a party created to go against European and Eastern American bankers, swept the election. Nevada first held a primary election in 1910. In 1929 the offices were split evenly between the Democratic and Republican Parties. This was the turning point though. Once the Great Depression hit the elections from 1932 to the 1990s the Democratic Party held the majority throughout the state.
In 1994 and in 1998 the Republicans were the majority in the state. In 2002 Republicans swept all of the offices in Nevada. In the 2004 election Nevada was considered a battleground state because the difference between the two parties that year was 4,431. Throughout much of Nevada's political history it has been seen as a battleground state. Since 1992 the state has gone back and forth between Republican and Democratic candidates for the presidency. In the elections of 1992 and 1996 the state voted for the Democratic candidate, in 2000 and 2004 they voted for the Republican candidate, and finally in the 2008 election the state voted for the Democrats. This is primarily because of the rise of the Latino population. Nevada was expected to be a battleground state in the presidential election in 2012 as well. On June 23, 2018, President Donald Trump addressed the 2018 Nevada Republican Party State Convention in Las Vegas.
The Nevada Republican Party adopted their most recent platform on April 12, 2014. This platform details the ideological beliefs and principles supported by the party. In general it supports less government, more individual responsibility, less regulations on businesses and lower taxes. Within the platform there is a discussion of the United States Constitution and the party's support of it, especially the first, second, fourth and the tenth amendments.. The party also believes in limited government and free markets, including supporting the repeal of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The newly adopted platform removed any reference to marriage and abortion. It also states that English should be the official language of the United States and the party supports veterans and their families.
The By-laws of the Nevada Republicans were amended on December 13, 2008. Article one says the name of the organization. Article two describes its purpose. The purpose of this political organization is to provide leadership, recruit, develop, and elect officials. It wants to provide a responsible representative government. It also wants to keep the rights and freedom for all citizens. Article three discusses the duties and the headquarters of this organization. This article goes into details about how conventions should be held. Article four provides the rules and regulations for the meetings. These rules describe everything from when meetings should be held, how voting works, where these meetings are held, and everything in between. Article five discusses membership in this organization. The first is that the members must be part of the Republican Party. They then go into the elected officials for the party. Article six goes into details about the officers for the organization and their specific duties that those positions have. Article seven discusses elections while section eight talks about the standing committees and their responsibilities.
Article nine talks about the Republican organization and how it associates with it. Article ten goes into the voting and proxies in the Nevada State Republican party by-laws. Article eleven discusses the executive committee, its membership and its duties. Article twelve goes into detail about the requirements for the committees and the conventions. Article thirteen talks about amendments to the by-laws, particularly how to make amendments to the by-laws. Article fourteen discusses parliamentary authority while article fifteen talks about election laws. Finally article sixteen goes into details about how the organization should support candidates. It will not recognize any candidate who has ever been impeached, removed from office, or has ever been charged and convicted of a felony. This though can be reversed for a candidate if two-thirds of the membership votes for it.
Current elected officials
The Nevada Republican Party controls only one of the state's six statewide offices and the Republicans are the minority in both the Nevada Senate and the Nevada Assembly. Republicans hold none of the state's U.S. Senate seats and one of its four U.S. House of Representatives seats.
Members of Congress
Both of Nevada's U.S. Senate seats have been held by Democrats since 2018. Dean Heller was the last Republican to represent Nevada in the U.S. Senate. First appointed in 2011 by then Governor Brian Sandoval following the resignation on John Ensign, Heller was elected to a full term in 2012 and subsequently lost his bid for a second term in 2018 to Jacky Rosen who has held the seat since.
U.S. House of Representatives
Out of the 4 seats Nevada is apportioned in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1 is held by a Republican:
Republicans control one of the six elected statewide offices:
State legislative leaders
Republican members of the Nevada Senate:
- Becky Harris, 9th District
- Joe Hardy, 12th District
- Don Gustavson, 14th District
- Heidi Gansert, 15th District
- Ben Kieckhefer, 16th District
- James Settelmeyer, 17th District
- Scott Hammond, 18th District
- Pete Goicoechea, 19th District
- Michael Roberson, 20th District
Republican members of the Nevada State Assembly:
- John Hambrick, 2nd District
- Richard McArthur, 4th District
- Paul Anderson, 13th District
- Chris Edwards, 19th District
- Keith Pickard, 22nd District
- Melissa Woodbury, 23rd District
- Jill Tolles, 25th District
- Lisa Krasner, 26th District
- Ira Hansen, 32nd District
- John Ellison, 33rd District
- James Oscarson, 36th District
- Jim Marchant, 37th District
- Robin L. Titus, 38th District
- Jim Wheeler, 39th District
- Al Kramer, 40th District
Chairman: Michael J. McDonald
Vice Chairman: Jim DeGraffenreid III
Secretary: Barbara Hawn
Treasurer: Michael Bertrand
National Committeeman: Lee Hoffman
National Committeewoman: Michele Fiore
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