Senator Spotlight: Kelvin Atkinson, Dist. 4
Every week the Senate Democratic Caucus will highlight one member on our blog. We want you to get the chance to know our senators a little better, to learn about the issues they’re passionate about, and to see what they’ll be working on during the 2015 Session.
Senator: Kelvin Atkinson
Hometown: Las Vegas, Nevada. Kelvin grew up in Los Angeles, California.
Senate Committees: Senate Commerce, Labor and Energy, Government Affairs, and Legislative Operations and Elections.
When did you first run for office? What year did you first join the Nevada Senate? What inspired you to get into politics?
I first ran for office in 2002 and was elected to the Nevada State Assembly. I represented Assembly District 17 for a decade. I ran for Senate District 4 in 2012, and was elected by the voters by almost 80% of the vote. I was inspired to get into politics to make a difference. My daughter was 5 1/2 at the time, and I wanted to help influence the direction of the State for her and our future generations to come.
Tell us one fun or interesting fact about your district:
I enjoy the district I represent. It is the most diverse State Senate District in the State. Senate District 4 is a true melting pot with the population breakdown being 40% Hispanic, 31% Caucasian, 27% African American, and the remainder of that percentage consisting of those with other diverse, ethnic backgrounds. Having the opportunity to represent the "Historic Westside" is a blessing and an honor.
What is something you hope to accomplish during the 2015 Legislative Session?
I hope to accomplish fairness and equality. I think that our citizens are still struggling from a down turn in the economy and we need to be introducing and passing legislation that make living in our state easier and less complicated for the folks that we represent. I hope that at the end of this Legislative Session our citizens are left with a sense of pride in their legislative body. If at the end of the day, my constituents feel that I have stood strong and fought for them, under extreme adversity, then I will know that I have done my job as State Senator for Senate District 4; that will be a reward on its own. I also hope to finally stabilize the tax base in a more fair and equitable fashion!