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Legislative Biography -- 72nd (2003) Session

Dean A. Rhoads


Northern Nevada Senatorial District

(Elko, Eureka, Humboldt, Lander,

Lincoln, Pershing and White Pine

Counties, and portions of Nye County)



Born:  1935; Tonasket, Washington.

Educated:  California State Polytechnic College, San Luis Obispo, B.S., Agriculture Business Management.

Married:  Sharon Packer.

Children:  Shammy, Chandra.

Military:  National Guard.

Hobbies/Special Interests:  Hunting, fishing, skiing, golfing.

Legislative Service:  Nevada Assembly, 1977-1981; Nevada Senate, 1985-2003—four special and thirteen regular sessions; Member, Interim Finance Committee, 1979-1982, 1987-1990, 1992-1996; Chairman, Senate Committee on Natural Resources, 1995-2001; Chairman, Legislative Committee on Public Lands, 1985-2000; Member, Legislative Commission, 1993-1994, 1999-2000; Chairman, Senate Committee on Taxation, 1993; Chairman, Senate Committee on Transportation, 1985.


Affiliations:  Director, American Legislative Exchange Council; Member and Director, Nevada Cattlemen’s Association; National Cattlemen’s Association; Rotary Club; Member and Director, Nevada Taxpayers Association.


Personal and Professional Achievements:  Past President, Elko County Fair Board; Member, Nevada State Grazing Board; Member, Bureau of Land Management District Grazing Board; past Member, President Ronald Reagan’s Federalism Advisory Committee; past President, Public Lands Council.


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