Assemblyman John C. Ellison

Co-Deputy Minority Leader - North
Party: Republican

Legislative Service

  • Nevada Assembly, 2011-2021 (first elected November 2010)—six regular and six special sessions
  • Speaker Pro Tempore, 2015
  • 2021 SESSION COMMITTEES: Government Affairs; Growth and Infrastructure; Natural Resources
  • 2019 SESSION COMMITTEES: Government Affairs; Growth and Infrastructure; Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining
  • 2017 SESSION COMMITTEES: Government Affairs; Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining; Transportation
  • 2015 SESSION COMMITTEES: Government Affairs (Chair); Commerce and Labor; Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining
  • 2013 SESSION COMMITTEES: Commerce and Labor; Government Affairs; Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining
  • 2011 SESSION COMMITTEES: Commerce and Labor; Government Affairs; Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining; Taxation
  • 2019-2020 INTERIM COMMITTEES: Advisory Committee for a Veterans' Cemetery in Northern Nevada; Advisory Committee to Study Laws Concerning Sex Offender Registration; Committee to Conduct an Interim Study of the Working Conditions at Licensed Brothels; Legislative Committee on Senior Citizens, Veterans and Adults With Special Needs; Sunset Subcommittee of the Legislative Commission
  • 2017-2018 INTERIM COMMITTEES: Legislative Committee on Public Lands; Committee to Conduct an Interim Study Concerning the Advisability and Feasibility of Treating Certain Traffic and Related Violations as Civil Infractions; Advisory Committee for a Veterans' Cemetery in Northern Nevada
  • 2015-2016 INTERIM COMMITTEES: Legislative Committee on Public Lands

Other Public Service

  • Blue Ribbon Task Force to Evaluate Nevada Department of Transportation Long-Range Projects (two terms)
  • Elko City Council
  • Elko City Planning Commission
  • Elko County Board of Commissioners
  • Elko County Senior Activity Programs Board Liaison
  • Fire Science Academy Task Force
  • Fund for Hospital Care to Indigent Persons, Board of Trustees, 2009-2010
  • Nevada Association of Counties, Past President, 2007
  • Elko Fourth of July Celebration, Chair
  • Audit Committee, Nevada Association of Counties, Member
  • Elko Veterans Day Parade, Co-Chair
  • National Association of Counties, Public Lands Steering Committee, Vice Chair and Public Lands-Clean Water Act Committee, Member

Other Achievements

  • Elko County Board of Commissioners, President, 2002-2010
  • Small business owner for over 20 years


  • Elko Lions Club
  • Elko Rotary Club
  • John Wayne Cancer Institute at Saint John’s Health Center, Santa Monica, California
  • National Rifle Association
  • State Contractors’ Board, Member, 2008-2010
  • Crop Assistance Program, Farm Service Agency, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Federal Funding for Payment in Lieu of Taxes Program, U.S. Department of the Interior, Participant


  • Elko High School


Occupation: Electrical Contractor
Recreation: Flying; shooting; spending time with family, grandchildren, and friends
Born: 1953, Elko, Nevada
Spouse: Cindy
Children: Billy, Michelle, Nicole, John Jr. (Deceased)

Primary Sponsor

AB102 Enhances the criminal penalty for certain crimes committed against certain family members of first responders. (BDR 15-48)
AB114 Revises provisions governing the prevention of suicide by pupils. (BDR S-647)
SB138 Authorizes certain local governments to increase diesel taxes under certain circumstances. (BDR 32-27)
SB149 Makes an appropriation to assist with the construction of a new courthouse in White Pine County. (BDR S-151)
SB150 Revises provisions relating to land use planning. (BDR 22-775)
AB157 Establishes provisions relating to certain services for and resources concerning victims of human trafficking. (BDR 18-141)
AB158 Revises provisions governing criminal procedures for certain juvenile offenders who are also victims of certain crimes. (BDR 14-143)
AB167 Authorizes the possession of a handgun in a motor vehicle that is on the property of certain educational entities or child care facilities in certain circumstances. (BDR 15-97)
AB171 Revises provisions relating to the admission to state parks and recreational areas in this State by certain veterans. (BDR 35-4)
SB175 Revises provisions relating to public works. (BDR 28-618)
AB188 Revises requirements for the issuance of annual permits for entering, camping and boating in state parks and recreational areas. (BDR 35-649)
AB202 Authorizes the possession of a handgun in a motor vehicle that is on the property of a community college under certain circumstances. (BDR 15-652)
AB218 Revises provisions relating to education savings accounts. (BDR 31-850)
AB241 Revises the commerce tax as it applies to certain motor vehicle dealers. (BDR 32-15)
AB242 Makes various changes relating to regional commercial air service in this State. (BDR 18-1024)
AB243 Revises provisions relating to victims of crime. (BDR 15-653)
AB245 Requires the waiver of certain fees for certain veteran-owned businesses. (BDR 7-124)
SB253 Revises provisions governing the suspension of licensed school employees. (BDR 34-582)
AB255 Revises provisions relating to permits to carry concealed firearms. (BDR 15-84)
SB275 Makes various changes relating to licensing and regulation of master guides and subguides. (BDR 45-150)
AB323 Revises provisions governing state administration. (BDR 17-49)
AB324 Creates provisions governing emergency 911 services. (BDR 43-47)
AB338 Revises requirements for the operation of a motor vehicle by a young driver. (BDR 43-600)
AB380 Revises provisions governing safety in K-12 public schools. (BDR 31-41)
AB391 Revises provisions governing the salaries of certain state employees. (BDR 23-654)
AB403 Revises provisions relating to certain traffic offenses. (BDR 43-42)
AB404 Authorizes the Board of Wildlife Commissioners to establish a program authorizing certain persons to transfer, defer or return certain lawfully obtained tags if certain extenuating circumstances exist. (BDR 45-1029)
AB435 Requires certain children committed to a facility for the detention of children to be enrolled in a program of distance education in certain circumstances. (BDR 5-995)
AB436 Revises provisions governing certain tax exemptions for veterans. (BDR 32-998)
AB437 Eliminates the requirement to possess a permit to carry a concealed firearm. (BDR 15-992)
AB441 Creates the Joint Legislative Committee on Federalism. (BDR 17-993)
SB480 Revises provisions relating to courts. (BDR 1-978)


ACR3 Memorializes former Assemblyman Bob Price. (BDR R-971)
AJR4 Urges the President and the Congress of the United States to pass acts to combat illegal harvesting and trafficking of human organs. (BDR R-92)
SCR7 Celebrates the sister state relationship between the State of Nevada and Taiwan. (BDR R-1266)
SCR8 Memorializes former Nevada Attorney General and Nevada Supreme Court Chief Justice Charles Springer. (BDR R-1259)
ACR9 Celebrates the Life of Assemblyman Odis “Tyrone” Thompson. (BDR R-1291)
AB147 Authorizes a physician assistant or advanced practice registered nurse to perform certain services. (BDR 40-85)
AB174 Establishes the Nevada Interagency Advisory Council on Homelessness to Housing. (BDR 18-94)
AB178 Provides for transferable tax credits for the rehabilitation of historic buildings. (BDR 32-297)
AB179 Revises provisions relating to public works. (BDR 28-622)
AB229 Requires the establishment of a technical advisory program for the protection and preservation of certain buildings and structures. (BDR 33-299)
AB261 Revises provisions relating to the safety of children in public schools. (BDR S-590)
AB262 Revises provisions relating to the custody of children. (BDR 11-131)
AB283 Authorizes the board of county commissioners of certain counties to provide for reimbursements to be made to retailers of motor vehicle fuel and special fuel for certain fuel taxes imposed in those counties. (BDR 32-955)
SB285 Makes certain changes relating to school safety. (BDR S-282)
AB306 Enacts provisions to assist veteran-owned businesses to create cooperatives. (BDR 7-288)
AB316 Revises provisions relating to driving under the influence of alcohol or a prohibited substance. (BDR 43-312)
SB325 Establishes the Nevada Child Adoption Grant Program to provide grants to assist certain prospective adoptive parents with certain costs of adoption. (BDR 11-163)
AB327 Revises provisions relating to abortion. (BDR 40-1058)
AB333 Provides for the issuance of “Vegas Strong” specialty license plates. (BDR 43-273)
SB336 Requires the Governor to annually proclaim July 28 as Buffalo Soldiers Day in the State of Nevada. (BDR 19-791)
AB340 Makes various changes concerning the acquisition and use of opioid antagonists by schools. (BDR 40-849)
SB345 Revises provisions governing estate distilleries. (BDR 52-980)
AB352 Revises provisions governing certain mortgages. (BDR 52-698)
SB359 Provides for continued coverage for health care for certain chronic health conditions. (BDR 57-627)
SB360 Enacts the Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Prevention Act. (BDR 15-11)
AB363 Revises certain provisions relating to homeless youth. (BDR 43-1033)
AB390 Revises provisions relating to equipment on motor vehicles. (BDR 43-1059)
AB406 Makes various changes relating to the Airport Authority of Carson City. (BDR S-50)