Frankie Sue Del Papa

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Frankie Sue Del Papa
29th Attorney General of Nevada
In office
January 7, 1991 – January 6, 2003
Governor Bob Miller
Kenny Guinn
Preceded by Brian McKay
Succeeded by Brian Sandoval
13th Secretary of State of Nevada
In office
January 5, 1987 – January 7, 1991
Governor Richard Bryan
Bob Miller
Preceded by William D. Swackhamer
Succeeded by Cheryl Lau
Personal details
Born (1949-09-21) September 21, 1949 (age 68)
Political party Democratic
Residence Reno, Nevada, U.S.
Alma mater George Washington University
University of Nevada, Reno
Profession Attorney and politician

Frankie Sue Del Papa (born September 21, 1949) is an American attorney and politician in the U.S. state of Nevada; she is associated with the Democratic Party. Del Papa was the first woman elected as Secretary of State of Nevada (1986) and the first woman elected as Nevada Attorney General (1990, 1994, and 1998).[1] In addition, Del Papa was the first woman elected student body president at the University of Nevada.[2]

She earned a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Nevada, Reno and graduated from the George Washington University Law School with a J. D.[3][4] Del Papa was not eligible to run for a fourth term in 2002 due to lifetime term limits established by the Nevada Constitution.

Partial works[edit]

  • An oral history of the Nevada's Womens Conference (1977)
  • Nevada procedures and forms for filings under Article 9, parts 1 and 4 of the Uniform Commercial Code, effective July 1, 1987 (1988)
  • Political history of Nevada (1990)
  • Investigation regarding possible criminal activities in ticket distribution at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas Athletic Department (1991)
  • Administrative rulemaking : a procedural guide (1995)
  • Elder abuse : an action plan to better protect Nevada's elderly (1997)
  • Nevada's guidelines and procedures for community notification of ... sex offenders (1998)
  • Guide for mandated reporters of elder abuse (1999)
  • Guide for nonprofit organizations (1999)
  • Nevada board and commission manual (1999)
  • Nevada open meeting law manual (2001)


  1. ^ Hulse, James W. (July 9, 2004). The Silver State: Nevada's Heritage Reinterpreted. University of Nevada Press. pp. 260–. ISBN 978-0-87417-592-9. Retrieved June 9, 2012. 
  2. ^ "NNWLA Celebrates Women's History Month". NNWLA SCOOP The Newsletter of the Northern Nevada Women Lawyers Association. NNWLA. 11 (3): 2. March 2008. 
  3. ^ "Secretary of State: Frankie Sue Del Papa". Nevada State Library and Archives. Retrieved June 9, 2012. 
  4. ^ Bowers, Michael Wayne (October 23, 2006). The Sagebrush State: Nevada's History, Government, And Politics. University of Nevada Press. pp. 90–. ISBN 978-0-87417-682-7. Retrieved June 9, 2012. 

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Political offices
Preceded by
William D. Swackhamer
Secretary of State of Nevada
January 5, 1987 – January 7, 1991
Succeeded by
Cheryl Lau
Legal offices
Preceded by
Brian McKay
Attorney General of Nevada
January 7, 1991 – January 6, 2003
Succeeded by
Brian Sandoval