NEVADA SENATE DEMOCRATS STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF SENATOR DEBBIE SMITH

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February 21, 2016

 

NEVADA SENATE DEMOCRATS STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF SENATOR DEBBIE SMITH

LAS VEGAS - Today, the Nevada Senate Democratic Caucus issued the following statement on the passing of Senator Debbie Smith.

“Debbie’s commitment to Nevada was unparalleled,” said Senate Democratic Leader Aaron D. Ford. “She was a tireless fighter for families and for children. Even while undergoing cancer treatment during the last legislative session, she passed legislation that will help build new schools and better protect children from bullying and abuse. Above all else, she was a loving wife, a devoted mother and grandmother, and a friend to thousands of people whose lives she touched. She will be sorely missed.”

Debbie Smith’s family came to Nevada when she was an elementary school student. She was first elected to a rural school board at age 22, and she became a lifelong advocate for Nevada’s public education system. Throughout her life, she served as president of the Nevada PTA, a member of the National PTA Board and was appointed by Governor Miller and Governor Guinn to chair the Council to Establish Academic Standards.  

Debbie was elected to the Nevada Assembly in 2000 where she rounded out her service as chairman of the Ways & Means Committee and Speaker Pro Tempore. In 2012, she was elected to the Nevada Senate where she served as the Assistant Majority Leader, Assistant Minority Leader, and as chair of the Senate Finance Committee.

Senator Smith is survived by her husband Greg, and her children, Erin, Ian, and Olivia.

 

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