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Legislative bio: Sen. William Raggio

William J. Raggio

Office: Washoe County Senate District 3 including west Reno, the north valleys, Verdi and part of rural Washoe County

Party: Republican

Legislative assignments: Senate Majority Leader, chairman of Senate Finance Committee, vice chairman Legislative Operations and Elections and member of Government Affairs committees

Office: 1221

Legislative phone: (775) 684-1419

Office phone: (775) 786-5000

Address: P.O. Box 281, Reno, NV 89504-0281

E-mail: wraggio@sen.state.nv.us

Legislative service: elected Senate 1973-2008, longest Senate service in state history; Senate Majority Floor Leader 10 times: 1987-89, 1993-08; Senate Minority Floor Leader 1977-79, 1983-86, 1991, Legislative Commission 1973-76, 1977-80, Interim Finance Committee 1985-2008 including chairman six times

Occupation: lawyer

Born: Oct. 30, 1926

Education: Bachelor of arts from the University of Nevada; juris doctorate from Boalt Hall of UC Berkeley, and Hastings College of Law

Family: wife, Dale Checket; children Leslie Ann Righetti, Tracy Lynn Fernandes, the late Mark William

Hobbies/special interests: hunting, fishing, golf

Personal and professional achievements: Prospectors Club, Reno Host Lion’s Club, District Attorney of Washoe County 1958-70, president of National District Attorneys Association in 1967-68, Young Man of the Year by the Reno-Sparks Junior Chamber of Commerce 1959, Republican candidate U.S. Senate 1970, Republican candidate lieutenant governor 1974, national chairman of American Legislative Exchange Council board of directors 1992-present, National Distinguished Eagle award from Boy Scouts of America in 1989, Torch of Liberty Award ADL of B’nai B’rith, Grand Pioneer Award Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society 1998, Nevada Prosecution Advisory Council Award 1998, Outstanding Alumnus University of Nevada, Reno 1999, Lifetime Achievement Award, National Italian American Foundation, annual Honor Award American Lung Association 2000, Nicholas Horn Award from the Nevada Medical Association for distinguished contributions to health care and medicine, certificate of appreciation, National Rifle Association 2002, Papal Honor Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice, 2002. Dedications include: College of Education Building and William J. Raggio Math and Science Center at UNR, Raggio Parkway and William J. Raggio Plaza in Reno, High Tech Center, Western High School in Las Vegas.