Bob Beers (politician, born 1959)

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Bob Beers
Ward 2 Councilman, Las Vegas City Council
Incumbent
Assumed office
April 4, 2012
Preceded by Steven Wolfson
Member of the Nevada Senate
from the 6th district
In office
2004–2008
Preceded by Ray Rawson
Succeeded by Allison Copening
Member of the Nevada Assembly
from the 4th district
In office
1998–2004
Preceded by Deanna Braunlin
Succeeded by Frances Allen
Personal details
Born (1959-10-14) October 14, 1959 (age 55)
Livermore, California, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Sarah
Alma mater University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Occupation Certified Public Accountant
Religion Presbyterian

Robert T. "Bob" Beers (born October 14, 1959) is an American politician, Certified Public Accountant and member of the Republican Party who currently serves as a member of the Las Vegas City Council, representing Ward 2. He was previously a member of the Nevada Assembly from 1998 to 2004 and the Nevada Senate from 2005 to 2008. He ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for Governor of Nevada in 2006 and in January 2014, he announced that he would run against Democratic Senator Harry Reid in the 2016 U.S. Senate election.[1]

Early and personal life[edit]

Beers moved to Las Vegas at age 11, graduating from Ed W. Clark High School with high honors in 1977 and from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas with distinction with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration degree in 1987.[2]

His community activities include: volunteer treasurer for Southern Nevada Clean Communities and the Nevada Republican Party; president of the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Expo; and President-elect for the Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce Business Council. As a volunteer, he has created or maintained websites for over a dozen community organizations. He is a member of the Las Vegas Northwest Rotary Club, Nevada Society of Certified Public Accountants, U.S. Chess Federation and the American Mining History Association.[2]

Professional career[edit]

A Certified Public Accountant (CPA) since 1989, Beers founded Las Vegas computer accounting consultants Wilson, Beers & Alu in 1989, and sold it to a large local CPA firm in 2002. After losing re-election to his state's legislature in 2008, he started Seale and Beers, CPAs,[3] which he managed until 2012. He served several business enterprises as a contract-based Chief Financial Officer. He presently works full-time as a Las Vegas City Councilman.

Before becoming a Certified Public Accountant, Beers worked for radio broadcasting companies in Reno, Nevada and Las Vegas as News Director. At KMJJ in 1982, he won "Best Miniseries" and "Best Newscast" awards from the Associated Press in the AP's Medium Market California-Nevada-Hawaii division.[4]

Political career[edit]

In 1998, Beers was elected to the Nevada Assembly, the lower house of Nevada's Legislature. As Assemblyman representing District 4, Beers served in three regular and three special sessions. He was assigned to the Ways & Means, Commerce & Labor, and Elections, Procedures & Ethics committees of the Assembly.

In 2003, Beers led a group of legislators in opposition to Governor Kenny Guinn's tax increases, citing concerns that they might damage Nevada's economy. After several special sessions, Beers' voting bloc failed and the tax increases were passed.[5] The following year, Beers was elected to the Nevada Senate, defeating 20-year incumbent Republican Ray Rawson who had supported the increases.[6][7]

Beers served in the Nevada Senate for the 2005 and 2007 Legislative sessions. He was appointed Vice-Chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, where he worked on the complex state budget. He also served as a member of the Committees on Natural Resources and Legislative Operations.

In 2006, Beers and his supporters gathered over 150,000 signatures to put a Taxpayer Bill of Rights amendment (called TASC for Tax And Spend Control) on the November 2006 general election ballot, which proposed that increases in spending greater than the sum of inflation and population growth require an affirmative vote of citizens.[8]

He ran for Governor of Nevada in the 2006 election, but finished second in the Republican primary, behind U.S. Representative Jim Gibbons, who would go on to win the general election.[9][10]

In 2008, Beers was defeated for re-election by Democrat Allison Copening.[11] Beers sued for defamation, and the Nevada Democratic Party settled out-of-court in 2010.[12]

In March 2012, Beers was elected to the non-partisan Las Vegas City Council in a nine-way special election to fill the vacant seat of Councilman Steve Wolfson, who had been appointed Clark County District Attorney. He was elected to a full four-year term the next year, winning with 76.3% of the vote.

Beers is running for the Republican nomination to challenge Senator Harry Reid in 2016.

References[edit]

  1. ^ John L. Smith. "Beers Gets Early Start Against Reid". Las Vegas Review Journal. Jan 31, 2014. Date Retrieved: Feb 9, 2014
  2. ^ a b City of Las Vegas Bob Beers
  3. ^ Seale and Beers, CPAs "Seale and Beers, CPAs, website". Retrieved 8 June 2012.
  4. ^ Desert Companion "What About Bob?" Retrieved August 16, 2014.
  5. ^ Nevada Business "Editorial on Budget Battle" retrieved 15 August 2014
  6. ^ Nevada Secretary of State "Official 2004 election results" Retrieved 15 August 2014
  7. ^ Ralston, Jon "Ralston: reporting on Beers-Rawson debate" Las Vegas Sun. 15 July 2004. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  8. ^ Las Vegas Sun "TASC Court Battle Looking More Likely" Retrieved August 16, 2014
  9. ^ "nvsos.gov". nvsos.gov. 2006-08-15. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  10. ^ "nvsos.gov". nvsos.gov. 2006-09-08. Retrieved 2013-04-02. 
  11. ^ Schumacher, Geoff "GEOFF SCHUMACHER: Beers is an unfair victim of Democratic dirty tricks". Las Vegas Review Journal. 7 September 2008. Retrieved 12 February 2010.
  12. ^ Spillman, Benjamin "Democrats Settle Lawsuit, ex-senator says". Las Vegas Review Journal. 17 June 2010. Retrieved 16 June 2012.

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