Hillary Schieve

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Hillary Schieve
Schieve in 2024
28th Mayor of Reno, Nevada
Assumed office
November 12, 2014
Preceded byBob Cashell
81st President of the United States Conference of Mayors
Assumed office
Preceded byFrancis Suarez
Member of the Reno City Council
from the at-large district
In office
November 14, 2012 – November 12, 2014
Preceded byPierre Hascheff
Succeeded byDavid Bobzien
Personal details
Hillary Louise Schieve

(1970-10-12) October 12, 1970 (age 53)
Reno, Nevada, U.S.
Political partyIndependent (2006–present)
EducationWashoe High

Hillary Louise Schieve (born October 12, 1970) is an American businesswoman and politician from the U.S. state of Nevada. She has been the mayor of Reno, Nevada since 2014 and is not affiliated with a political party. She is currently the President of the United States Conference of Mayors since 2023 and is the first independent politician to serve as its president.[1]


Schieve was on the Reno City Council from 2012 to 2014. Schieve was one of 20 candidates on the primary ballot in 2014. She ultimately ran for mayor in 2014 and beat her opponent, Raymond "Pez" Pezonella, a Democrat, 60.90% to 39.10% in the Washoe County election.[2] She was elected to the position of City of Reno Mayor on November 4, 2014, and sworn in eight days later.[3] Although the mayor's office is a non-partisan position, she received support from the Democratic Party prior to winning the mayoral election.[4]

On August 25, 2016, Schieve endorsed Hillary Clinton for president in 2016 in the general election after Schieve declined to endorse candidates in the primary.[5][6]

Schieve was named by Politico as one of the 11 most interesting mayors in America, citing her work to revitalize the MidTown District of Reno and continued efforts to promote affordable housing, mental health services, and the fight against homelessness.[7]

Schieve ran for re-election in 2022 for a third and final term due to term limits and was not affected by the court ruling regarding the elections for the city council and mayor by the Nevada Supreme Court.[8][9]


American flag replaced with an LGBT flag[edit]

Schieve apologized for the replacing of the American flag with the LGBT rainbow flag on the Reno City Hall skyscraper building on July 27, 2015.[10]

Excessive taxpayer spending[edit]

Schieve defended the taxpayer expenses of more than $10,000 on the State of the City address on March 9, 2017, after being criticized for wasteful spending.[11][12]

Amending powers of Mayor in Reno City Charter[edit]

Schieve convinced Democratic state senator Tick Segerblom of Las Vegas to introduce an amendment to the city charter granting "Strong Mayor" powers common in other cities across the state and country. This amendment would have made the Mayor the helm of the Executive branch by creating a separate office and allow the Mayor to veto matters passed by the Reno City Council (with the Council power to override a veto) and to break tie votes. Despite a similar Charter amendment adopted by the cities of Sparks and Mesquite, as well as a power common to the incorporated general law cities of Nevada, the amendment was withdrawn amid criticism, such as that the amendment was introduced without consulting the charter committee.[13][14] Critics (including Washoe County Democrats, Republicans of all 17 counties and others) have condemned the bill as a power grab by Schieve herself and for abusing multiple taxpayers' money accounts. The bill was rejected by the state assembly after it was passed by the state senate[15] and was later withdrawn.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Schieve attended Reno High School and Arizona State University. She owned two clothing stores. [17] She became an activist for organ donor awareness after her sister, former KOLO-TV news anchor Amanda Sanchez, donated a kidney to her.[18]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Leadership Page
  2. ^ Plaskon, Ky (November 5, 2014). "Hillary Schieve To Become Reno's Next Mayor". KXJZ. Retrieved February 26, 2016.
  3. ^ Damon, Anjeanette (November 1, 2015). "Hillary Schieve's first year: A work in progress". Reno Gazette-Journal. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  4. ^ Leslie, Sheila (October 16, 2014). "They're the mayor". Sacramento News & Review. Retrieved January 28, 2016.
  5. ^ Whaley, Sean; Chereb, Sandra (August 25, 2016). "Clinton attacks Trump's 'alt-right' agenda in Reno". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  6. ^ Damon, Anjeanette (August 25, 2016). "Reno's mayor to endorse Clinton". Reno Gazette-Journal. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  7. ^ Messerly, Megan (June 25, 2017). "America's 11 Most Interesting Mayors". Politico. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  8. ^ "Supreme Court says Reno council members can't run for mayor | NevadaAppeal.com". Archived from the original on June 24, 2019. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  9. ^ "Court won't reconsider Reno mayor term limit case | NevadaAppeal.com". Archived from the original on June 24, 2019. Retrieved June 24, 2019.
  10. ^ Corona, Marcella; Damon, Anjeanette (July 27, 2015). "Reno mayor apologizes for LGBT flag over city hall". Reno Gazette-Journal. Retrieved March 9, 2017.
  11. ^ Conrad, Bob (March 8, 2017). "City Spends $10,000 on Reno Mayor's Annual Address". This is Reno. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  12. ^ Margiott, Ben (March 9, 2017). "Reno mayor defends nearly $10,000 State of City address". KRNV-DT. Retrieved March 10, 2017.
  13. ^ Damon, Anjeanette (May 26, 2017). "Schieve makes end run to change office of mayor, get veto power". Reno Gazette-Journal. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  14. ^ Seeman, Matthew (May 27, 2017). "Nevada Senate passes a bill that would give Reno mayor veto power". KRNV-DT. Retrieved May 27, 2017.
  15. ^ Damon, Anjeanette (May 31, 2017). "Schieve could escape term limits in latest legislative gambit". Reno Gazette-Journal. Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  16. ^ Timko, Steve (June 2, 2017). "Reno Mayor Schieve withdraws amendment to change mayor's powers". KOLO-TV. Retrieved June 3, 2017.
  17. ^ https://ballotpedia.org/Hillary_Schieve
  18. ^ "About Hillary" (Press release). Hillary Schieve mayoral campaign, 2014. Retrieved February 25, 2016.
Political offices
Preceded by
Pierre Hascheff
Reno City Council
At-large district

November 14, 2012 – November 12, 2014
Succeeded by
Preceded by Mayor of Reno
November 12, 2014 – present