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Legislative Biography -- 72nd (2003) Session

Randolph J. Townsend


Washoe County Senatorial

District No. 4

(Portions of Carson City and

Washoe County)

President and Board Member, Northstar Investors, Inc.


Born:  1947; Los Angeles, California.

Educated:  San Francisco State University; University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), B.S. and M.Ed.

Married:  Robyne.

Hobbies/Special Interests:  Weight training, aerobics, golf, volunteer activities.

Legislative Service:  Nevada Senate, 1983-2003—four special and eleven regular sessions; Co-Chairman, National Conference of State Legislatures’ Fourteenth Annual Meeting, Reno, 1988; Chairman, Council of State Governments’ National Task Force on Child Care; Chairman, Senate Committee on Commerce and Labor, 1987-1989, 1993-2001; Chairman, Legislative Commission, 1995-1997.


Affiliations:  Advisory Board, Committee to Aid Abused Women; Chairman, Nevada Jaycees Government Affairs, 1981-1982; Chairman, Coalition for Affordable Energy, 1980-present; National Council of Senior Citizens; Chairman, Washoe Association for Retarded Citizens; Adjunct Faculty, UNR; Pi Delta Phi; UNR Special Programs Advisory Board; Senate Representative, Governor’s Commission on Excellence in Education, 1984; Chairman, 1989 International Winter Special Olympic Games; American Legislative Exchange Council; Board of Directors, Junior Achievement of Northern Nevada; National Conference of Christians and Jews; 2002 Member, Presidents’ New Freedom Commission on Mental Health.


Personal and Professional Achievements:  Outstanding Young Man of 1981, Reno Jaycees; National Jaycees Speak-up Award, 1982; “Legislator of Year,” Social Workers Association, 1987-1998; Truckee Meadows Human Service Award, 1997; Governor’s Mental Health Award, 1998; Nevada State Medical Association’s Nicholas Horn Award, 1998.


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