Senator Joseph (Joe) P. Hardy

Assistant Minority Leader
Party: Republican

Legislative Service

  • Assistant Minority Leader, 2019
  • President pro Tempore, 2015
  • Nevada Senate, 2010 -Present (first elected November 2010)
  • Minority Whip, 2013-2014
  • Minority Whip, 2007
  • Nevada Assembly, 2003-2010 (first elected November 2002)

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

Honors and Awards

  • Foundation for Recovery; Steve Sigman Award, 2017
  • American Conservative Union Foundation Excellence Award, 2017
  • Health, Education, Advocacy and Leadership in Southern Nevada (HEALS) Award, 2014
  • University of Nevada, Reno; Medical School Preceptor
  • Harold Fickes Award, 2013
  • Nevada Family Physician of the Year; 1998, 2010


  • Nevada Academy of Family Physicians, Past President
  • Sparks High School Student Body President
  • 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
  • Chambers of Commerce
  • Southern Nevada Health District
  • Coalition for Improving and Expanding Nevada Health Care
  • Collegium Aesculapium
  • Las Vegas HEALS Board of Directors


  • 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
  • Physician, Associate Dean of Clinical Education
  • Touro University Nevada, Medical School


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: Twenty

Primary Sponsor

SB116 Provides for the selection of a proxy decision-maker to make medical treatment decisions for certain adult patients who lack the capacity to provide consent to or refusal of medical treatment. (BDR 40-524)
SB125 Revises provisions relating to landscape architecture. (BDR 54-612)
SB141 Revises provisions relating to the Nevada Equal Rights Commission. (BDR S-249)
SB142 Makes various changes relating to school safety. (BDR 34-167)
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)
SB170 Revises provisions relating to health care. (BDR 54-523)
SB171 Provides for the collection of information from certain providers of health care. (BDR 54-73)
SB172 Makes various changes relating to the Consolidated Local Improvements Law. (BDR 22-30)
SB183 Makes various changes relating to governmental administration. (BDR 19-537)
SB184 Revises provisions relating to the protection of children. (BDR 34-668)
SB187 Revises provisions governing prescriptions for controlled substances by a dentist, optometrist or physician for the treatment of pain. (BDR 54-39)
SB189 Prescribes a procedure to address a patient who requests certain treatment. (BDR 40-525)
AB191 Makes an appropriation to the Division of Public and Behavioral Health of the Department of Health and Human Services to award grants to provide Mobile Outreach Safety Team services in certain counties. (BDR S-667)
AB198 Revises provisions governing the sale or lease of certain real property owned by the Department of Transportation. (BDR 35-953)
AB199 Revises provisions relating to career and technical education. (BDR 34-954)
AB204 Revises provisions relating to health care. (BDR 54-932)
SB213 Provides for the incorporation of the City of Laughlin. (BDR S-75)
AB216 Requires the establishment of a database of information relating to funding opportunities for higher education. (BDR 18-858)
SB217 Revises provisions relating to renewable energy. (BDR 58-76)
AB217 Revises provisions relating to firearms. (BDR 15-860)
SB222 Revises provisions relating to persons with disabilities. (BDR 38-74)
SB240 Eliminates certain training required of teachers. (BDR 34-262)
SB241 Revises provisions relating to the compensation of psychiatrists employed by or under contract with certain agencies in the Executive Department of the State Government. (BDR 23-404)
SB243 Revises provisions relating to prevailing wages. (BDR 28-768)
AB245 Requires the waiver of certain fees for certain veteran-owned businesses. (BDR 7-124)
SB250 Revises provisions relating to the dedication of water rights. (BDR 48-664)
SB252 Authorizes the residential confinement or other appropriate supervision of certain older offenders. (BDR 16-1050)
SB259 Revises provisions relating to physicians. (BDR 54-628)
SB265 Revises provisions relating to certain information and records concerning public safety. (BDR 14-1042)
SB271 Revises provisions relating to physician assistants. (BDR 54-522)
SB281 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 32-613)
SB282 Limiting the civil liability of crisis support centers under certain circumstances. (BDR 3-614)
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)
SB289 Makes an appropriation for health services in underserved areas. (BDR S-610)
SB290 Requires network plans to reimburse out-of-network providers of health care for certain services. (BDR 57-72)
SB307 Revises provisions relating to the imposition of the death penalty. (BDR 14-403)
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)
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)
SB362 Revises provisions concerning the placement of persons with dementia in a residential facility for groups. (BDR 40-611)
AB381 Designates April 16 as “Healthcare Decisions Day” in Nevada. (BDR 19-660)
SB386 Revises provisions governing certain tax exemptions for veterans. (BDR 32-737)
AB389 Provides for the incorporation of the City of Laughlin. (BDR S-972)
AB392 Encourages employers to provide work-based learning opportunities for pupils. (BDR 34-952)
AB407 Revises provisions governing the administration of laws relating to motor vehicles. (BDR 43-1032)
SB412 Makes various changes to provisions relating to certain amusement devices. (BDR 52-1049)
SB413 Prohibits prostitution in the State of Nevada. (BDR 20-110)
SB445 Revises provisions relating to education. (BDR 34-979)
SB446 Revises provisions relating to Medicaid. (BDR 38-974)
SB529 Revises provisions relating to state financial administration. (BDR 31-1267)


ACR3 Memorializes former Assemblyman Bob Price. (BDR R-971)
SR5 Inducts Valerie Wiener into the Senate Hall of Fame. (BDR R-1262)
SR6 Inducts Barbara Katherine Cegavske into the Senate Hall of Fame. (BDR R-1261)
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)
AB170 Revises provisions relating to health insurance coverage. (BDR 57-278)
AB174 Establishes the Nevada Interagency Advisory Council on Homelessness to Housing. (BDR 18-94)
SB178 Creates the Council on Food Security and the Food for People, Not Landfills Program. (BDR 18-57)
SB193 Makes an appropriation for educational programs relating to history, law and civics. (BDR S-368)
SB203 Revises provisions governing programs for children who are blind, visually impaired, deaf or hard of hearing. (BDR 38-77)
SB293 Makes various changes relating to children who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation. (BDR 38-517)
AB316 Revises provisions relating to driving under the influence of alcohol or a prohibited substance. (BDR 43-312)
SB317 Establishes provisions relating to juvenile assessment centers. (BDR 5-165)
SB333 Revises provisions relating to elections. (BDR 24-738)
SB335 Revises provisions relating to elections. (BDR 24-161)
SB343 Requires training for certain members of certain educational governing bodies and requires additional transparency for school expenditures. (BDR 34-548)
SB351 Makes certain changes relating to education. (BDR 34-247)
SB352 Revises provisions relating to motor vehicle registration. (BDR 43-51)
SB360 Enacts the Human Trafficking and Child Exploitation Prevention Act. (BDR 15-11)
AB363 Revises certain provisions relating to homeless youth. (BDR 43-1033)
SB385 Revises provisions relating to insurance for personal property at storage facilities. (BDR 57-538)
AB390 Revises provisions relating to equipment on motor vehicles. (BDR 43-1059)
AB403 Revises provisions relating to certain traffic offenses. (BDR 43-42)
SB410 Revises provisions relating to incentives for economic development. (BDR 32-881)
SB411 Authorizes the possession of a firearm in a motor vehicle that is on certain governmental property under certain circumstances. (BDR 15-643)
SB477 Prohibits the release of a child to a parent or guardian in a child welfare proceeding in certain circumstances. (BDR 38-1005)