Michael A. Schneider

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Michael A. Schneider
Member of the Nevada Senate
from the 11th district
In office
2004–2012
Preceded by District renamed from Clark 8 (a two-member district)
Succeeded by Aaron D. Ford
Member of the Nevada Senate
from the Clark 8 (two-member district) district
In office
1996–2004
Serving with Mark James 1992-2002
Barbara Cegavske 2002-2004
Preceded by O.C. Lee
Succeeded by district renamed to 11th District
Member of the Nevada Assembly
from the 42nd district
In office
1992–1996
Preceded by John W. Bayley
Succeeded by John Mortenson
Personal details
Born (1950-04-11) April 11, 1950 (age 65)
McCook, Nebraska
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Candice
Profession real estate consultant

Michael A. Schneider is a politician and member of the Democratic Party who served as a member of the Nevada Senate, representing Clark County District 11 (map) from 1996 to 2012, when he retired because of term limits. Previously he was a member of the Nevada Assembly from 1992 through 1996.

Libel suit[edit]

In 2005, Schneider was sued by his 2004 Republican opponent Danny Tarkanian, son of college basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian, for defamation. During the campaign, Schneider accused Tarkanian of setting up telemarketing companies that were later found to be running scams that victimized the senior citizens and that he turned "state's evidence" against the telemarketers to avoid being prosecuted. Tarkanian practiced civil law until 1995 and admitted he helped set up the companies, but had no involvement in the day-to-day operations of any of them was not aware that any of the companies were already engaged in illegal activity at the time that he helped to set up them. The case went to trial on July 27, 2009. Schneider stood by statements he made in a 2004 debate with Tarkanian and in campaign ads and fliers accusing him of criminal activity. Former assistant U.S. Attorney Leif Reid, son of Nevada U.S. Senator Harry Reid, testified that Tarkanian was not part of the investigation into the companies. On July 31, a Clark County District Court jury ruled in Tarkanian's favor and awarded him $50,000 in damages. On August 3, Schneider agreed to pay a $150,000 settlement in the case.[1][2]

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