Tuesday, Jan. 18, 2011 | 12:35 p.m.
The Washoe County Commission unanimously appointed former Assemblyman Greg Brower to replace retired state Sen. Bill Raggio today.
Brower had strong backing by the political establishment and is seen as a fairly moderate Republican.
During the interview process, Brower backed Gov. Brian Sandoval’s philosophy that a tax increase to fix the state budget shortfall would be wrong during times of economic recession.
“Taxes are the price we pay for civilized society,” he said. “In this difficult economy, I agree with the governor.”
Brower has long been seen as a potential rising star in Republican politics and has been unsuccessfully recruited to run for higher office multiple times.
He served two terms in the Assembly before being pitted against former Assemblywoman Sharron Angle in a 2002 Republican primary after their two seats were drawn into a single district.
Angle defeated him by 141 votes.
He was then named Nevada’s U.S. attorney and has been in private practice since stepping down from that post.