Wednesday, April 24, 2013 | 11:58 a.m.
Tyrone Thompson, a coordinator of homeless services for Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition, was sworn in today to represent Assembly District 17, which has been vacant for nearly a month following the ouster of troubled lawmaker Steven Brooks.
In a brief ceremony, Nevada Supreme Court Justice Mark Gibbons administered the oath of office for Thompson, who received a standing ovation from the Assembly.
Thompson is a Democrat from North Las Vegas, who was appointed by the Clark County Commission to fill the vacant seat.
Almost one month ago, the Assembly cast a historic vote to expel former Assemblyman Steven Brooks, following his multiple arrests and erratic and threatening behavior.
Thompson introduced his family following his swearing in.
In a written statement, Thompson said he is excited to start work with just 40 days left in the legislative session.
"We have much to do in the next couple of weeks to move Nevada forward and I’m excited to get to work," he said in the statement.
Thompson said his priorities are improving Nevada's education system and bolstering the economy.
He will serve on the Judiciary; Natural Resources, Agriculture and Mining; Health and Human Services; and Legislative Operations and Elections committees.