Brian Krolicki

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Brian Krolicki
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33rd Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
In office
January 20, 2007 – January 5, 2015
GovernorJim Gibbons
Brian Sandoval
Preceded byLorraine Hunt
Succeeded byMark Hutchison
20th Nevada State Treasurer
In office
January 4, 1999 – January 20, 2007
GovernorKenny Guinn
Jim Gibbons
Preceded byBob Seale
Succeeded byKate Marshall
Personal details
Born (1960-12-31) December 31, 1960 (age 57)
Warwick, Rhode Island, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Kelly Krolicki
ResidenceStateline, Nevada, U.S.
Alma materStanford University
ProfessionBusinessman and politician

Brian K. Krolicki (born December 31, 1960) is an American businessman and politician. He was the 33rd Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, from 2007 to 2015. As the Lieutenant Governor, he presided over the Nevada State Senate, chaired the Commission on Tourism, and served on the State Board of Transportation and the Reno Tahoe Winter Games Coalition. Previously, he served two terms as the Nevada State Treasurer. He is a member of the Republican Party. Krolicki was not eligible to run for a third term in 2014 due to lifetime term limits by the Nevada Constitution.


Krolicki is a graduate of Stanford University, where he graduated in 1983 with a degree in Political Science.

Professional life[edit]

Preceding his election as State Treasurer, Krolicki worked for Bankers Trust in New York City, and Smith Barney in San Francisco and Manama, Bahrain.

Political career[edit]

State Treasurer[edit]

Krolicki was elected state treasurer in 1998. During his tenure, Krolicki worked to make college education more affordable, and considered it "a cornerstone of his administration." He created the State Treasurer's College Savings Plan and Nevada's Prepaid College Tuition Program,[1] and oversaw the set-up of the Gates Scholarship in Nevada.[2]

Along his work in higher-education accessibility, Krolicki obtained upgrades from credit-rating agencies for Nevada, saving taxpayers millions of dollars in interest payments. All rating agencies now consider Nevada just a notch below AAA, the highest and most coveted rating, and held by very few states. Krolicki was also the first state treasurer in the United States to receive the coveted Certificate of Excellence in Investment Policy from the Association of Public Treasurers of the United States and Canada. Krolicki also formulated and implemented many investment programs that obtained tens of millions of dollars in revenue for the state.

On the national level, in 2002, Brian was unanimously elected by his peers to serve as president of the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST), which collectively represents over $1 trillion in assets. As president, he founded the NAST Committee on Corporate Governance and served as chairman of the NAST Foundation, which promotes financial literacy and education throughout the nation. He has worked hard to promote financial literacy in Nevada by introducing the Nevada Women's Money Conference, a free event designed to provide the necessary tools and information to become financially educated. In May 2004, Brian was selected by his state treasurer colleagues to receive the Unruh Award, given to the nation's most outstanding state treasurer. Most recently, in December 2004, Brian was again honored by his national peers in both the private and public sectors with the highly regarded Gritz Award for Excellence in Public Finance in recognition of his leadership and innovation in the area of public debt management.

Lieutenant governor[edit]

In 2006, Krolicki was elected Lieutenant Governor of Nevada. He was re-elected in 2010.[3]

Prosecution by Nevada Attorney General[edit]

On December 3, 2008, Krolicki was indicted (and then exonerated) on four felony counts. The charges were related to Krolicki's management of a multibillion-dollar college savings program in his previous position as Nevada's state treasurer. Two of the counts were of misappropriation and falsification of accounts by a public officer, and two counts were of misappropriation by a treasurer. He faced up to four years in prison on each of the four counts for a maximum of sixteen years. Krolicki said that there is no basis for the charges and that it is a partisan effort by Democratic Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto and U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid.[4]

A Las Vegas judge later dismissed the charges, exonerating Krolicki and his Chief of Staff Kathy Besser.[5]


On July 26, 2010, the lehendakari of the Basque Country gave him the Lagun Onari (to the best friend) basque prize in the state visit of the lehendakari Patxi Lopez to the United States.[6]


  1. ^ "Nevada Prepaid Tuition Program". December 8, 2008.
  2. ^ "The Governor Guinn Millennium Scholarship Program". Nevada State Treasurer. December 8, 2008. Archived from the original on January 7, 2009.
  3. ^ "State of Nevada. Office of the Lieutenant Governor". Lieutenant Governor of Nevada. Retrieved November 4, 2013.
  4. ^ Hennessy, Kathleen; Riley, Brendan (December 3, 2008). "Nevada's No. 2 indicted". Associated Press. The Sacramento Bee.[dead link]
  5. ^ McCoy, Cara (December 7, 2009). "Charges dismissed against Lt. Gov. Brian Krolicki". Las Vegas Sun.
  6. ^ "López elogia la capacidad de fundir identidades 'sin renunciar a ninguna'". El Mundo (in Basque). Reno, Nevada. Vasco Press. Retrieved July 27, 2010.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Bob Seale
Nevada State Treasurer
January 4, 1999 – January 20, 2007
Succeeded by
Kate Marshall
Preceded by
Lorraine Hunt
Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
January 20, 2007 – January 5, 2015
Succeeded by
Mark Hutchison