Sam Morris / Las Vegas Sun
Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015 | 10:26 a.m.
Former Assemblywoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick was sworn in as a Clark County commissioner today, replacing Tom Collins, who recently resigned.
Kirkpatrick was appointed to the post by Gov. Brian Sandoval last month after 11 years in the Assembly, including two years as speaker.
Kirkpatrick was first elected to the Assembly in 2004, representing a North Las Vegas district, and later ascended to serve as speaker during the 2013 session. She was term-limited after the most recent session.
She played a key role in helping Sandoval pass a $1.1 billion tax package to increase education funding. She also worked with the governor to develop a tax incentive to lure automaker Tesla to build a $5 billion battery factory in Northern Nevada.
Kirkpatrick thanked her family, her colleagues from the Legislature, Sandoval and Collins in a brief speech after being sworn in by District Court Judge Elissa Cadish at the start of today’s commission meeting.
Kirkpatrick will represent District B, which includes parts of North Las Vegas and much of rural Clark County, including Mesquite and Moapa.
Collins resigned from the commission in early August, citing family matters.
Kirkpatrick will serve out the remainder of his term, which ends Jan. 1, 2017.