Senator Joseph (Joe) P. Hardy

Minority Whip
Party: Republican

Legislative Service

  • Nevada Assembly, 2003-2009 (first elected November 2002) - Minority Whip, 2007
  • Nevada Senate, 2011 (first elected November 2010) - Minority Whip, 2013-Present

Other Public Service

  • Major, United States Air Force
  • Member, Regents Ad Hoc Committee for Higher Education/Health, 2003-2004
  • Publicity Chairman: Walk for Development, Ayuda, and Meals on Wheels, 1968
  • French Mission, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS)
  • Member Rapid Valley Water District Board of Directors, South Dakota
  • Vice President, Parent Teacher Assocation, Rapid Valley Elementary School, South Dakota
  • Charter Member, Boulder City Drug Abuse Council
  • President, Nevada Academy of Family Practice
  • Member, Clark County Health District Board of Directors
  • Vice President, Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition
  • Member, Executive Committee, Boulder City Community Education Advisory Board
  • One World Ambassador Alliance, Humanitarian Project - El Salvador
  • Member, Nevada League of Cities Legislative Committee
  • Board of Directors, LDS Family Services (Adoption Agency)
  • Debt Management Commission, Clark County
  • Sunday School Teacher


  • Sparks High School Student Body President
  • Nevada Academy of Family Physicians
  • American Academy of Family Physicians
  • Nevada Family Physician of the Year, 1998, 2010
  • Clark County Medical Society
  • American Medical Society
  • American Legion, Post 31
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Southern Nevada Health District
  • Coalition for Improving and Expanding Nevada Health Care


  • Sparks High School
  • University of Nevada, Reno
  • University of Nevada, Reno, School of Medicine, B.S.
  • Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, School of Medicine, M.D.


  • Boulder City Councilman and Mayor Pro Tempore


  • Chief of Staff, Boulder City Hospital
  • Chief of Internal Medicine and Family Practice, and Board of Directors, St. Rose Dominican Hospital, Henderson, Nevada


Occupation: Associate Professor, Touro University Nevada and Family Physician
Born: 1949 - Reno, Nevada
Spouse: Jill Sweningsen Hardy
Children: Joseph Paul Jr., Nicole, Emily, Leah, Spencer, Dane, Jack, Ryan
Grand Children: Seventeen

Primary Sponsor

SJR2 Proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to abolish the requirement that an employer who does not provide health benefits pay a higher minimum wage. (BDR C-473)
AJR6 Recognizes Nevada's partnership and friendship with, and expresses support for, the State of Israel. (BDR R-458)
SJR7 Proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to preserve the right to hunt, fish and trap in this State. (BDR C-586)
SB85 Revises provisions limiting the liability of owners, lessees and occupants of premises under certain circumstances. (BDR 3-105)
SB87 Repeals certain provisions relating to unlawful employment practices. (BDR 53-104)
SB88 Authorizes the Department of Motor Vehicles to waive certain fines under certain circumstances. (BDR 43-109)
SB113 Makes various changes to provisions governing the termination of parental rights. (BDR 11-434)
SB115 Revises provisions relating to safety equipment for certain skateboarders. (BDR 40-474)
SB116 Provides for establishment of electronic death registry system. (BDR 40-832)
SB119 Revises various provisions of the Fort Mohave Valley Development Law. (BDR S-472)
AB121 Revises provisions governing the campaigns of candidates for membership on the executive board of a homeowners' association. (BDR 10-164)
AB130 Revises provisions requiring the Board of Regents of the University of Nevada to pay certain educational fees and expenses for certain dependent children. (BDR 34-187)
AB131 Revises provisions governing the Board of the Virgin Valley Water District. (BDR S-634)
SB132 Revises the period of validity of hunting and fishing licenses. (BDR 45-783)
AB136 Revises provisions relating to the certification of public accountants. (BDR 54-736)
SB145 Establishes provisions authorizing certain public-private partnerships. (BDR 22-471)
AB154 Revises provisions concerning child death review teams. (BDR 38-611)
AB155 Revises provisions governing reports of the abuse or neglect of a child. (BDR 38-610)
SB155 Revises provisions relating to the practice of clinical professional counseling. (BDR 54-714)
SB161 Revises various provisions relating to constructional defects. (BDR 3-480)
SB162 Revises provisions governing the practice of medicine. (BDR 54-108)
AB171 Revises provisions governing continuing education requirements for certain personnel of manufactured home parks. (BDR 10-599)
SB177 Authorizes a board of county commissioners to adopt an ordinance prohibiting a minor from committing certain acts relating to the possession and use of tobacco products. (BDR 5-689)
SB178 Authorizes the Nevada Silver Haired Legislative Forum to request the drafting of not more than one legislative measure for each regular session of the Legislature. (BDR 17-924)
SB189 Revises provisions governing assault and battery. (BDR 15-917)
SB192 Enacts the Nevada Preservation of Religious Freedom Act to prohibit governmental entities from substantially burdening the exercise of religion. (BDR 3-477)
SB198 Revises provisions relating to the practice of chiropractic. (BDR 54-834)
AB200 Revises provisions relating to food establishments. (BDR 40-129)
SB202 Creates the Nevada Advisory Committee on Intergovernmental Relations as a statutory committee. (BDR 19-905)
SB204 Requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to establish a next-of-kin registry. (BDR 43-712)
SB212 Makes various changes relating to statewide primary elections. (BDR 24-36)
SB222 Makes various changes concerning common-interest communities. (BDR 10-102)
SB223 Revises provisions governing the carrying of concealed firearms on school property. (BDR 15-1062)
AB228 Authorizes certain providers of health care to provide voluntary health care service in this State in association with certain organizations. (BDR 54-245)
SB230 Provides for the design, construction or installation and maintenance of a memorial dedicated to Nevada's fallen soldiers. (BDR S-553)
SB240 Authorizes the reimbursement of teachers for certain out-of-pocket expenses. (BDR 34-651)
SB244 Authorizes the placement of a designation of veteran status on certain documents issued by the Department of Motor Vehicles. (BDR 43-80)
AB245 Limits the recovery of damages arising from a motor vehicle accident under certain circumstances. (BDR 3-657)
SB249 Makes various changes relating to employment. (BDR 53-836)
SB250 Provides for the creation of certain local improvement districts. (BDR 21-475)
SB256 Requires the board of trustees of each school district to adopt a policy to exempt certain pupils from certain attendance requirements. (BDR 34-782)
AB257 Revises provisions governing public works. (BDR 28-962)
AB258 Revises provisions relating to prevailing wage requirements for public works. (BDR 28-908)
SB266 Revises provisions governing coverage for chemotherapy in a policy of health insurance or health care plan. (BDR 57-879)
AB269 Requires the State Environmental Commission to adopt regulations relating to certain disposal sites for solid waste. (BDR 40-773)
SB283 Revises provisions relating to the Commission on Ethics. (BDR 23-103)
SB284 Makes various changes concerning investigations of motor vehicle accidents. (BDR 23-107)
SB285 Revises provisions relating to emergency medical services. (BDR 40-833)
SB287 Revises provisions governing cosmetology. (BDR 54-830)
AB287 Authorizes the involuntary court-ordered admission of certain persons with mental illness to programs of community-based or outpatient services under certain circumstances. (BDR 39-163)
AB290 Revises provisions relating to certain tax exemptions for certain veterans. (BDR 32-438)
AB291 Revises provisions relating to preferences in state purchasing for businesses owned by a veteran with a service-connected disability. (BDR 27-592)
SB291 Requires the board of trustees of certain school districts to establish a prekindergarten program to teach children who are limited English proficient. (BDR 34-857)
AB292 Revises provisions governing the requirements for licensure to practice medicine. (BDR 54-756)
SB308 Clarifying provisions governing certain tax exemptions for veterans. (BDR 32-644)
AB317 Makes various changes relating to common-interest communities. (BDR 10-1012)
AB318 Revises provisions relating to the payment of overtime compensation and prevailing wages. (BDR 28-720)
SB318 Requires the Commissioner of Insurance to conduct a study concerning claims, coverage and payments under policies of dental and health insurance. (BDR S-1061)
SB319 Revises provisions governing physicians. (BDR 54-713)
SB320 Revises provisions governing medical care in schools. (BDR 34-831)
SB323 Revises provisions relating to incompetent defendants. (BDR 14-1063)
SB324 Revises provisions governing professions. (BDR 54-701)
SB331 Exempts certain home-based businesses from the requirement to obtain a state business license. (BDR 7-479)
SB339 Revises provisions relating to electric utilities. (BDR 58-835)
SB340 Revises provisions relating to the delivery of health care. (BDR 40-595)
AB347 Revises provisions governing the practice of medicine. (BDR 54-612)
AB349 Revises provisions governing professions. (BDR 54-420)
SB369 Revises provisions relating to telemedicine. (BDR 54-972)
SB379 Revises provisions concerning the Nevada Transportation Authority. (BDR 58-56)
SB381 Makes various changes to prevent recipients of certain public assistance from using benefits in certain businesses. (BDR 38-459)
AB381 Encourages the Office of Historic Preservation of the State Department of Conservation and Natural Resources and Partners in Conservation to collaborate to identify and develop programs for the preservation and protection of the historical culture of St. Thomas, Nevada. (BDR S-909)
AB382 Authorizes the governing bodies of certain cities to impose a fee on certain activities for certain purposes and authorizes, ratifies, approves and confirms certain ordinances enacted by those cities which impose such a fee. (BDR 21-633)
AB384 Revises provisions governing historic preservation. (BDR 33-605)
AB385 Establishes provisions relating to the deposit of data with a provider of information services. (BDR 52-808)
SB385 Authorizes certain businesses to apply to the Office of Economic Development for a partial abatement from certain taxes. (BDR 32-822)
SB386 Revises provisions governing educational personnel. (BDR 34-865)
SB401 Revises provisions governing the taxation of mines and mining claims and excludes the value of certain mineral deposits from the taxable value of property. (BDR 32-910)
SB413 Prohibits the employment of certain persons at adult entertainment establishments. (BDR 15-1046)
SB513 Proposes the Education Priority Act as the Legislature's competing ballot measure to Initiative Petition No. 1. (BDR 32-1221)


SCR2 Commemorates the 20th anniversary of the donation of precious art from the Republic of China (Taiwan) to the people of the State of Nevada, reaffirms the sister-state relationship between the State of Nevada and the Republic of China (Taiwan) and celebrates the donation of additional artwork to the Nevada Legislature under the Nevada Senate's SENarts initiative. (BDR R-695)
SR4 Amends the Standing Rules of the Senate for the 77th Session of the Legislature. (BDR R-998)
ACR4 Honors Nevadans who have lost their lives in the Global War on Terrorism. (BDR R-246)
ACR5 Memorializes former Assemblyman John W. Marvel. (BDR R-1211)
SR5 Inducts Sue Wagner into the Senate Hall of Fame. (BDR R-1204)
SCR5 Commemorates the 150th anniversary of the State of Nevada. (BDR R-613)
SCR6 Memorializes former State Senator William J. Raggio. (BDR R-622)
SR6 Inducts Bernice Mathews into the Senate Hall of Fame. (BDR R-1203)
ACR6 Expresses appreciation to the staff of the Legislative Counsel Bureau. (BDR R-1219)
SR7 Expresses appreciation to the staff of the Senate. (BDR R-1215)
SR8 Recognizes former State Senator Wilbur Faiss for his distinguished service to the State of Nevada and his exemplary life achievements. (BDR R-1216)
ACR8 Memorializes John J. McDonald. (BDR R-1231)
SJR9 Urges the Director of the Bureau of Land Management to expedite the process for approving special recreation permits for certain uses of federal public lands in Nevada. (BDR R-1008)
SCR10 Memorializes former University Regent Dorothy Gallagher. (BDR R-1238)
SJR10 Proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to allow voucher schools. (BDR C-35)
SB117 Revises provisions governing the powers of the Department of Taxation. (BDR 32-536)
SB142 Makes various changes to provisions governing local government contracting. (BDR 27-676)
AB143 Makes various changes relating to concealed firearms. (BDR 20-615)
SB158 Revises provisions relating to motor carriers. (BDR 58-466)
SB163 Requires certain schools in this State to provide pupils with instruction in civics. (BDR 34-667)
AB175 Revises provisions relating to uniformed-service and overseas voters. (BDR 24-635)
SB190 Revises provisions relating to motor carriers. (BDR 58-585)
SB191 Increases the maximum speed at which a person may drive or operate a vehicle. (BDR 43-729)
SB209 Requires each regional development authority and the Board of Economic Development to take certain actions regarding a recruiting and marketing effort to attract professionals and businesses to this State. (BDR 18-854)
SB224 Revises provisions governing driving under the influence. (BDR 43-668)
AB227 Creates the Nevada Land Management Task Force to conduct a study addressing the transfer of certain public lands in this State. (BDR S-594)
SB231 Revises provisions relating to lawsuits involving real property. (BDR 10-1004)
SB232 Revises certain provisions relating to the regulation of certain municipal utilities. (BDR 58-481)
SB233 Revises certain provisions pertaining to zoning. (BDR 40-890)
SB239 Revises provisions relating to elections. (BDR 24-996)
SB241 Establishes a tax credit for donations to a school tuition organization. (BDR 34-87)
AB248 Creates a statutory subcommittee of the Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice (BDR 14-616)
SB258 Creates the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children. (BDR 38-192)
SB276 Directs the Legislative Committee on Health Care to conduct an interim study of the delivery of supported living services and jobs and day training services to recipients of Medicaid. (BDR S-891)
SB297 Revises provisions relating to certain crimes against older or vulnerable persons. (BDR 15-1005)
SB299 Revises provisions governing falconry. (BDR 45-589)
SB303 Provides for the issuance of driver authorization cards. (BDR 43-596)
SB338 Changes the term “mental retardation” to “intellectual disability” in NRS. (BDR 39-52)
SB348 Revises provisions governing the rights of peace officers. (BDR 23-463)
SB391 Directs the Legislative Commission to appoint a committee to conduct an interim study concerning the governance structure of and funding methods for community colleges in this State. (BDR S-952)
SB520 Makes certain changes relating to public safety. (BDR 14-1234)