Senator James Ohrenschall

Party: Democratic

Legislative Service

  • 2019 SESSION COMMITTEES: Legislative Operations and Elections (Chair); Commerce and Labor; Judiciary
  • Nevada Senate, 2018-Present (first elected November 2018)
  • 2017 SESSION COMMITTEES: Corrections, Parole, and Probation (Chair); Judiciary (Vice Chair); Commerce and Labor; Legislative Operations and Elections
  • 2015 SESSION COMMITTEES: Commerce and Labor; Judiciary; Legislative Operations and Elections
  • 2013 SESSION COMMITTEES: Legislative Operations and Elections (Chair); Judiciary (Vice Chair); Commerce and Labor
  • 2011 SESSION COMMITTEES: Judiciary (Vice Chair); Commerce and Labor; Legislative Operations and Elections
  • 2015-2016 INTERIM COMMITTEES: Legislative Committee on Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice
  • 2013-2014 INTERIM COMMITTEE: Legislative Committee on Child Welfare and Juvenile Justice
  • 2009-2010 INTERIM COMMITTEE: Legislative Commission (Alternate Member)
  • Nevada Assembly, 2007-2017 (first elected November 2006)—six regular and eight special sessions

Other Public Service

  • Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice Member, appointed 2018
  • Nevada Juvenile Justice Oversight Commission, Advisory Committee Member
  • National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, Commissioner, 2009-2010, 2017-2018
  • National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, Drafting Committee on Alternatives to Bail Act Member
  • National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, Past Member of Study Committee on Eyewitness Identification Act
  • National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, Past Member of Study Committee on a Model Veterans' Treatment Court Act
  • National Conference of State Legislatures, Past Member of Law and Criminal Justice Committee
  • Nevada Statewide AIDS Advisory Task Force, 2009-2010
  • Governor’s Workforce Investment Board, Member, 2009-2010
  • Nevada Autism Task Force, 2007-2008
  • Law and Criminal Justice Standing Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures, Appointee

Honors and Awards

  • Grant a Gift Autism Foundation, Autism Advocate Award,
  • Ralph J. Roske Award for Outstanding Work in Introductory History, UNLV Department of History
  • Clark County Bar Association Client Counseling Competition, William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV, Semifinalist
  • William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV, Dean’s Honor List
  • William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV, Academic Merit Scholarship
  • American Hellenic Educational Progressive Association, Meritorious Public Service Award
  • Paradise Democratic Club of Clark County, Outstanding Grass-Roots Democrat of the Year Award

Other Achievements

  • Young Democrats of America National Convention, Delegate representing Nevada
  • Western Legislative Academy, The Council of State Governments–WEST, Graduate

Affiliations

  • Nevada State Bar
  • United States District Court for the District of Nevada
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • UNLV Alumni Association
  • Pi Mu Epsilon, National Mathematics Honor Society, UNLV Chapter, Founding Member
  • International Brotherhood of Teamsters, Local Union No. 631, Las Vegas, Nevada, Former Member
  • Paradise Democratic Club of Clark County
  • Delegate representing Nevada and the United States, World Hellenic Inter-Parliamentary Association Bi-Annual Meeting

Education

  • Chaparral High School, Sunset High School, Las Vegas
  • College of Southern Nevada
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV), B.A., Economics
  • William S. Boyd School of Law, UNLV, J.D.

Personal

Occupation: Clark County Public Defender, Juvenile Division
Born: 1972, Las Vegas, Nevada
Spouse: Riana Durrett
Children: Two Sons

Primary Sponsor

SCR6 Expresses support for expanding the testing capacity for COVID-19 in Nevada through the use of pooled saliva testing. (BDR R-869)
AJR7 Urges the Congress of the United States to pass the National Infrastructure Bank Act of 2020. (BDR R-765)
SJR10 Urges Congress to protect the public lands including and adjacent to Sunrise Mountain, Frenchman Mountain and Rainbow Gardens. (BDR R-101)
SB95 Revises provisions relating to business entities. (BDR 7-493)
SB96 Makes various changes relating to services provided to persons with autism spectrum disorders. (BDR 38-89)
SB107 Makes various changes relating to the statute of limitations for certain causes of action. (BDR 2-872)
SB134 Revises provisions regarding anatomical gifts. (BDR 43-88)
AB138 Revises provisions governing the eligibility of certain convicted persons for public assistance. (BDR 38-760)
AB145 Adopts the Uniform Registration of Canadian Money Judgments Act. (BDR 2-772)
SB146 Revises provisions relating to mental health services for children. (BDR 39-870)
SB164 Directs the Legislative Commission to appoint a committee to conduct an interim study concerning sex trafficking. (BDR S-57)
SB174 Revises provisions relating to juvenile justice. (BDR 5-874)
SB227 Makes various changes relating to the regulation of fireworks. (BDR 42-520)
SB228 Eliminates the possibility of the imposition of a sentence of death on persons convicted of first degree murder. (BDR 15-873)
AB229 Makes various changes relating to parentage. (BDR 11-15)
AB230 Revises provisions relating to juvenile justice. (BDR 5-791)
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)
SB313 Revises provisions regarding juvenile justice. (BDR 5-875)
SB315 Revises provisions relating to mufflers on motor vehicles. (BDR 43-993)
SB317 Revises provisions relating to juvenile justice. (BDR 5-1016)
AB317 Revises provisions relating to housing. (BDR 10-778)
SB318 Makes various changes relating to improving access to governmental services for persons with limited English proficiency. (BDR 40-955)
SB324 Revises provisions relating to the provision of electrical service at mobile home parks. (BDR 40-94)
SB334 Revises provisions relating to domestic relations. (BDR 11-992)
SB344 Enacts provisions relating to the importation, possession, sale, transfer and breeding of dangerous wild animals. (BDR 50-871)
SB345 Revises provisions relating to juvenile justice. (BDR 15-91)
SB349 Revises provisions relating to public health. (BDR 40-90)

Co-Sponsor

SCR3 Memorializes former state Senator Joseph M. Neal, Jr. (BDR R-901)
SJR8* Proposes to amend the Nevada Constitution to guarantee equal rights. (BDR C-1278)
SB103 Prohibits certain insurers from discriminating based on the breed of dog at a property. (BDR 57-826)
SB106 Enacts the Uniform Easement Relocation Act. (BDR 10-833)
SB144 Revises provisions relating to common-interest communities. (BDR 10-565)
SB190 Provides for the dispensing of self-administered hormonal contraceptives. (BDR 54-3)
SB194 Revises provisions relating to education. (BDR 34-676)
SB195 Revises provisions relating to education. (BDR 34-677)
SB196 Prohibits the performance of a pelvic examination in certain circumstances. (BDR 54-34)
AB201 Revises provisions relating to informants. (BDR 14-777)
SB203 Revises provisions relating to civil actions involving certain sexual offenses. (BDR 2-577)
SB211 Establishes requirements relating to testing for sexually transmitted diseases. (BDR 40-563)
SB212 Revises provisions relating to the use of force by peace officers. (BDR 14-215)
AB251 Makes various changes relating to juvenile justice. (BDR 5-986)
SB287 Revises provisions relating to higher education. (BDR 34-933)
SB293 Revises provisions relating to employment. (BDR 53-907)
SB420 Revises provisions relating to health insurance. (BDR 57-251)
SB448 Revises provisions governing public utilities. (BDR 58-46)