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

SCR1 Urges employers in this State to provide personal protective equipment to employees to prevent the spread of COVID-19. (BDR R-189)
AJR1 Proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to add and revise terms relating to persons with certain conditions for whose benefit certain public entities are supported by the State. (BDR C-477)
SJR2 Proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to revise the membership of the Commission on Judicial Selection. (BDR C-83)
SJR5 Urges the Legislature, Governor and community organizations to work together to resolve various issues created by the COVID-19 pandemic. (BDR R-958)
SR8 Expresses appreciation to the staff of the Legislative Counsel Bureau for their service during the 81st Session of the Nevada Legislature. (BDR R-1187)
SR9 Expresses appreciation for assistance provided to the Nevada Legislature with its response to the global COVID-19 pandemic during the 81st Session of the Nevada Legislature. (BDR R-1185)
SR10 Expresses appreciation to the staff of the Senate for their service during the 81st Session of the Nevada Legislature. (BDR R-1184)
SB79 Provides for the incorporation of the City of Laughlin. (BDR S-190)
SB80 Requires a court to take certain actions upon receiving a request for authorization to retrieve personal property made by a defendant. (BDR 14-486)
SB81 Increases the maximum salary of certain state employees. (BDR 23-618)
SB85 Revises provisions relating to elections. (BDR 24-615)
SB89 Increases the maximum period of probation or suspension of sentence for a category C felony. (BDR 14-617)
SB90 Revises provisions relating to the regulation of providers of health care. (BDR 54-188)
SB97 Provides that certain restrictions relating to public gatherings do not apply to certain events at which a vaccine for COVID-19 is administered. (BDR S-897)
SB101 Revises provisions relating to elections. (BDR 24-599)
AB113 Increases the limitation of time within which a criminal prosecution for sex trafficking must be commenced. (BDR 14-610)
SB118 Establishes provisions relating to education. (BDR 34-155)
SB119 Revises provisions relating to domestic relations. (BDR 11-163)
SB127 Revises provisions relating to the Charter of the City of Mesquite. (BDR S-619)
SB130 Provides for a presidential preference primary election. (BDR 24-37)
SB132 Makes an appropriation from the State General Fund to the Eighth Judicial District for the funding of support services provided by juvenile justice assessment centers to pupils at public schools in the Clark County School District. (BDR S-553)
SB136 Revises provisions relating to offenders. (BDR 16-625)
AB142 Enacts the Nurse Licensure Compact. (BDR 54-644)
AB144 Revises provisions relating to background checks for certain sales or transfers of firearms. (BDR 15-699)
SB153 Revises provisions relating to the observance of time by the State of Nevada and its political subdivisions. (BDR 19-24)
AB165 Revises provisions governing tuition for veterans. (BDR 34-681)
SB171 Revises provisions related to drugs and the prescription of drugs in this State. (BDR 57-848)
SB178 Revises provisions relating to cosmetology. (BDR 54-630)
AB178 Revises provisions relating to prescription drugs. (BDR 57-71)
SB181 Revises provisions relating to alcohol and drug counselors. (BDR 54-558)
SB182 Revises provisions relating to physical education. (BDR 34-616)
SB183 Revises provisions relating to transportation. (BDR 43-620)
SB184 Revises provisions relating to the practice of medicine. (BDR 54-25)
SB196 Prohibits the performance of a pelvic examination in certain circumstances. (BDR 54-34)
SB197 Revises provisions relating to renewable energy. (BDR 58-115)
SB206 Revises provisions relating to insurance which provides for the payment of expenses not covered by Medicare. (BDR 57-556)
SB207 Requires the development, creation and administration of a pilot program for the purpose of establishing new apprenticeship programs for certain industries. (BDR S-876)
SB208 Revises provisions relating to behavioral health. (BDR 38-613)
AB208 Revises provisions relating to career and technical education. (BDR 34-198)
SB211 Establishes requirements relating to testing for sexually transmitted diseases. (BDR 40-563)
SB214 Revises provisions relating to prescribing and dispensing prescription drugs. (BDR 54-187)
SB221 Revises provisions relating to public employment. (BDR 23-629)
SB225 Revises provisions relating to elections. (BDR 24-550)
SB233 Makes an appropriation relating to health services in underserved areas. (BDR S-931)
AB244 Revises provisions relating to insurance which provides for the payment of expenses not covered by Medicare. (BDR 57-654)
AB251 Makes various changes relating to records concerning children. (BDR 5-986)
AB260 Provides for the confidentiality of contact tracing information. (BDR 40-747)
SB262 Establishes provisions requiring the award of reasonable attorney's fees under certain circumstances. (BDR 2-640)
SB265 Revises provisions relating to work-based learning programs. (BDR 34-624)
AB269 Revises provisions relating to providers of dental care. (BDR 54-645)
SB270 Makes changes to provisions governing elections. (BDR 24-602)
AB285 Revises provisions relating to charitable lotteries. (BDR 41-748)
AB297 Requires the election of a registrar of voters. (BDR 24-908)
AB300 Establishes a credit against the modified business tax for a taxpayer who donates money to a youth and adolescent enrichment program in this State. (BDR 32-197)
SB301 Revises provisions relating to elections. (BDR 24-898)
AB314 Revises provisions governing civil liability for injury or death resulting from exposure to COVID-19. (BDR 3-448)
SB323 Authorizes a business to establish an area where certain restrictions to restrain the spread of COVID-19 do not apply. (BDR 40-639)
AB323 Revises provisions relating to Internet privacy. (BDR 52-987)
SB326 Revises provisions relating to providers of health care. (BDR 54-614)
AB328 Expands the circumstances in which a county clerk is required to cancel a preregistration or registration to vote. (BDR 24-609)
SB335 Revises provisions relating to professional and occupational licensing. (BDR 54-186)
SB343 Revises provisions relating to education. (BDR 34-551)
SB419 Revises provisions relating to unemployment compensation. (BDR 53-1139)
SB462 Creates the Reapportionment and Redistricting Advisory Commission. (BDR 17-1180)


SCR3 Memorializes former state Senator Joseph M. Neal, Jr. (BDR R-901)
SR5 Inducts David R. Parks into the Senate Hall of Fame. (BDR R-1165)
ACR6 Memorializes former Assemblyman and Senator Alan H. Glover. (BDR R-1158)
SR6 Inducts Mark Amodei into the Senate Hall of Fame. (BDR R-1164)
SCR12 Celebrates the sister-state relationship between the State of Nevada and Taiwan, which continues to enhance trade, educational and cultural relations. (BDR R-1151)
SCR14 Memorializes former District Court Judge Don P. Chairez. (BDR R-1140)
SB88 Revises provisions relating to emergency management. (BDR 36-51)
SB99 Makes changes to provisions relating to fiscal notes. (BDR 17-700)
SB117 Revises provisions relating to economic development. (BDR 18-600)
SB131 Revises provisions relating to the Office of Grant Procurement, Coordination and Management in the Department of Administration. (BDR 18-100)
SB133 Establishes provisions relating to obligations for the support of children. (BDR 11-552)
AB135 Revises provisions relating to animals. (BDR 54-72)
SB137 Establishes provisions relating to certain information and records concerning public safety. (BDR 14-7)
SB152 Revises provisions related to education. (BDR 34-622)
AB168 Revises provisions relating to riots. (BDR 15-518)
AB183 Revises provisions governing collective bargaining. (BDR 23-803)
SB209 Revises provisions relating to employment. (BDR 53-953)
SB216 Revises provisions relating to community water systems. (BDR 19-590)
SB234 Makes an appropriation from the State General Fund to the Interim Finance Committee for allocation to the Collaboration Center Foundation for the expansion and improvement of its campus at Las Vegas Ranch to provide services to certain persons. (BDR S-906)
SB243 Revises provisions governing the confidentiality of the personal information of certain persons. (BDR 20-938)
SB252 Extends the period during which certain complaints may be filed with the State Contractors' Board under certain circumstances. (BDR 54-961)
SB264 Prohibits trucks and truck-tractors over a certain weight from using the left lane on highways with two lanes in the same direction of travel except to pass when no other traffic will be impeded, from using the left lane at all on highways with three or more lanes in the same direction, and from using a high-occupancy vehicle lane when there is only one such lane. (BDR 43-962)
SB304 Ratifies the Solemn Covenant of States to Award Prizes for Curing Diseases Compact. (BDR 40-903)
AB320 Revises provisions governing the operation of large all-terrain vehicles on certain streets and highways. (BDR 43-196)
SB339 Authorizes a unit-owners' association of a common-interest community to lease abandoned residential property within the common-interest community in certain circumstances. (BDR 10-557)
SB450 Revises provisions relating to the financing of school facilities. (BDR 30-1153)