Senator Barbara K. Cegavske

Party: Republican

Legislative Service

  • Nevada Assembly, 1997-2001 (first elected November 1996) - Assistant Floor Leader, 1999-2001; Assistant Minority Whip, 1997
  • Nevada Senate, 2003-Current (first elected November 2002) - Assistant Minority Leader, 2011; Minority Whip, 2009

Other Public Service

  • P-16/P-20 Council, State of Nevada, 2007-Current
  • Board Member, Public Education Foundation, 2011-Current
  • Legislative Leaders Advisory Board, GOPAC, 2011
  • Board Member, Opportunity Village, 2007-current
  • Chair, Nevada Legislative Committee on Persons with Disabilities, 2003-2006
  • Former State Director and Secretary-Treasurer, Women in Government, 1997-2005
  • Former Board Member, Adoption Exchange Advisory Board
  • Former President and Board Member, Parent Teacher Association (PTA) - R. Guild Gray Elementary School, 1988-1993
  • Former Executive Board Member, Las Vegas PTA Area Council, 1989-1992
  • Former Puppeteer, Kids on the Block
  • President, Parents Active for Vision Education, 1990-2008
  • President, 1993-1994, Member 1992-1996, Cashman Middle School Parent Advisory Council
  • Former Chairperson, District F Parent Advisory Committee (5 Years)
  • Chair, Nevada Education Legislative Grassroots Committee, 1993
  • State Liaison, Nevada State Parent Coalition, 1993
  • CCSD: Member, Year-Round Study Committee, Public Concern Policy Subcommittee, Strategic Planning 2000 Committee
  • CCSD: Testing and Evaluation Committee, Special Education Committee
  • Former Chair, Use of Chemicals in Schools Committee
  • Former Co-Chair, Least Restrictive Environment Committee
  • Parent Mentor (Established Friends of Special Education, Educators Institute), 1995-1996
  • Clark High School Area Neighborhood Improvement Program
  • Special Education Early Childhood Licensure Task Force, State of Nevada, 1993-1994
  • Special Education Licensure Task Force, State of Nevada, 1994-1995
  • Inclusion Task Force, State of Nevada, 1995-1996
  • Bonanza High School Parent Advisory Council, 1995-2000
  • Legislative Representative, Bonanza High School, 1996
  • Vice President, Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder, 1996
  • Child Advocate, Nevada Legislature, 1989, 1991, 1993, 1995
  • Southwest Area Command's Community Leadership Team
  • Board, Las Vegas Performing Arts, Inc.
  • Former Board, CLASS! Publications
  • Former Board, Frontier Girl Scouts
  • President, Western Legislative Academy Leadership Class (CSG-West)
  • Member, Education Reform Blue Ribbon Task Force

Honors and Awards

  • "Living Faith Award," in recognition of Nevada for Education Excellence
  • Grand Marshall, Lakes Festival of Lights Parade, 2009
  • Legislative Advocate Award, Nevada Disability Advocacy and Law Center, 2006
  • Outstanding Service and Dedication Award, WestCare Foundation, 2004
  • Elected Official of the Year, Asian Chamber of Commerce, 2003
  • Community Achievement Award for Public Service, Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, 2003
  • Henry Toll Fellowship, CSG, 2002
  • Crystal Apple Award, CCSD, 1999
  • SGAC Leadership Institute Graduate, 1997
  • Parent Hall of Fame, CCSD, 1996


  • Nevada State Chair and Board Member, ALEC, 1997-current
  • Active Member, Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Board Member, United Methodist Women, Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Co-Chair, United Methodist Social Ministries "Fostering in Faith"
  • Word of Life Christian Academy, 2010
  • Finance Vice Chair and Commissioner, Education Commission of the States (ECS): 1997-current
  • Former Member, Junior League of Las Vegas
  • Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Las Vegas, Class of 2002
  • CSG-WEST, 2000-2001


  • Mayo High School, Rochester, Minnesota
  • Clark County Community College, Las Vegas
  • Darden Exceutive Education Program for Emerging Political Leaders, University of Virginia, 2010


  • Administrative Director, VMSN, Current
  • Consultant
  • Director, Public Relations/Development, WestCare Foundation, 2000-2003
  • Franchise Owner, 7-Eleven, 1984-1996


Recreation: Travel, reading, art, photography, cooking
Born: 1951 - Faribault, Minnesota
Spouse: Tim
Children: Adam, Bret

Primary Sponsor

SJR3 Claims sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the United States Constitution. (BDR R-692)
SJR4 Urges the Government of Turkey to grant the Ecumenical Patriarch international recognition and to respect the human rights and property rights of the Ecumenical Patriarchate. (BDR R-885)
AJR6 Recognizes Nevada's partnership and friendship with, and expresses support for, the State of Israel. (BDR R-458)
SJR10 Proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to allow voucher schools. (BDR C-35)
SB131 Establishes provisions governing the disposition of a decedent's accounts on electronic mail, social networking, messaging and other web-based services. (BDR 12-563)
AB143 Makes various changes relating to concealed firearms. (BDR 20-615)
SB163 Requires certain schools in this State to provide pupils with instruction in civics. (BDR 34-667)
SB166 Revises provisions governing the recovery of certain benefits paid under the State Plan for Medicaid. (BDR 38-82)
SB167 Enacts provisions for the designation of certain hospitals as STEMI receiving centers. (BDR 40-229)
SB174 Authorizes the Governor to require the naming of a state building, park, highway or other property after a deceased member of the Armed Forces of the United States under certain circumstances. (BDR 27-853)
AB184 Revises provisions governing construction defects. (BDR 3-649)
SB192 Enacts the Nevada Preservation of Religious Freedom Act to prohibit governmental entities from substantially burdening the exercise of religion. (BDR 3-477)
SB203 Requires legislative lobbyists to file quarterly reports concerning lobbying activities under certain circumstances. (BDR 17-26)
SB210 Revises provisions governing certain motor carriers. (BDR 58-949)
SB211 Requires certain health care practitioners to communicate certain information to the public. (BDR 54-14)
SB212 Makes various changes relating to statewide primary elections. (BDR 24-36)
SB224 Revises provisions governing driving under the influence. (BDR 43-668)
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)
SB254 Makes various changes relating to employment. (BDR 53-889)
SB262 Makes various changes relating to vehicles used for advertising. (BDR 43-887)
SB263 Revises provisions relating to motor carriers. (BDR 58-950)
SB264 Revises provisions governing criminal procedure. (BDR S-671)
SB265 Revises provisions relating to criminal law. (BDR 15-672)
SB269 Revises provisions governing education. (BDR 34-892)
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)
SB337 Revises provisions relating to local governmental finance. (BDR 21-92)
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)
SB397 Revises provisions governing eminent domain. (BDR 3-886)
SB413 Prohibits the employment of certain persons at adult entertainment establishments. (BDR 15-1046)
SB520 Makes certain changes relating to public safety. (BDR 14-1234)


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)
SR5 Inducts Sue Wagner into the Senate Hall of Fame. (BDR R-1204)
ACR5 Memorializes former Assemblyman John W. Marvel. (BDR R-1211)
SCR5 Commemorates the 150th anniversary of the State of Nevada. (BDR R-613)
ACR6 Expresses appreciation to the staff of the Legislative Counsel Bureau. (BDR R-1219)
SR6 Inducts Bernice Mathews into the Senate Hall of Fame. (BDR R-1203)
SCR6 Memorializes former State Senator William J. Raggio. (BDR R-622)
SR7 Expresses appreciation to the staff of the Senate. (BDR R-1215)
SJR7 Proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to preserve the right to hunt, fish and trap in this State. (BDR C-586)
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)
SCR10 Memorializes former University Regent Dorothy Gallagher. (BDR R-1238)
SB109 Revises provisions relating to off-highway vehicles. (BDR 43-467)
SB113 Makes various changes to provisions governing the termination of parental rights. (BDR 11-434)
SB129 Revises provisions relating to the resale of a unit in a common-interest community. (BDR 10-429)
SB130 Revises provisions governing common-interest communities. (BDR 10-428)
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)
SB134 Revises provisions governing animals. (BDR 48-249)
AB135 Revises provisions relating to town advisory boards. (BDR 21-128)
SB137 Revises provisions governing concealed firearms. (BDR 15-426)
SB147 Revises provisions governing the frequency of required inspections of the emissions of certain motor vehicles. (BDR 40-427)
SB150 Revises provisions governing the equipment and training required to operate a motorcycle. (BDR 43-54)
SB151 Revises the formula used to determine the value of used vehicles for the purpose of calculating the amount of governmental services taxes due. (BDR 32-433)
SB155 Revises provisions relating to the practice of clinical professional counseling. (BDR 54-714)
SB157 Revises provisions relating to the budgets of school districts. (BDR 34-849)
AB175 Revises provisions relating to uniformed-service and overseas voters. (BDR 24-635)
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)
AB179 Revises provisions governing audits of certain regulatory boards of this State. (BDR 17-770)
SB188 Designates English as the official language of the State of Nevada. (BDR 19-431)
SB191 Increases the maximum speed at which a person may drive or operate a vehicle. (BDR 43-729)
AB196 Requires the Attorney General to bring an action to protect and secure certain constitutional rights of residents of this State under certain circumstances. (BDR 18-945)
AB200 Revises provisions relating to food establishments. (BDR 40-129)
SB204 Requires the Department of Motor Vehicles to establish a next-of-kin registry. (BDR 43-712)
SB206 Revises provisions relating to food establishments. (BDR 40-935)
SB223 Revises provisions governing the carrying of concealed firearms on school property. (BDR 15-1062)
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)
SB258 Creates the Task Force on the Prevention of Sexual Abuse of Children. (BDR 38-192)
SB282 Proposes to exempt from sales and use taxes precious metal coins and numismatic coins. (BDR 32-691)
SB283 Revises provisions relating to the Commission on Ethics. (BDR 23-103)
AB293 Revises provisions relating to off-highway vehicles. (BDR 43-619)
SB299 Revises provisions governing falconry. (BDR 45-589)
AB299 Makes various changes relating to the provision of medical and dental services within the Department of Corrections. (BDR 16-749)
SB336 Makes various changes relating to prevailing wages. (BDR 28-855)
SB378 Enacts the Nevada Liberty Preservation Act. (BDR 15-728)