Kelvin Atkinson

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Kelvin Atkinson
Member of the Nevada Senate
from the 4th district
Assumed office
Preceded by Steven Horsford
Member of the Nevada Assembly
from the 17th district
In office
Preceded by Bob Price
Succeeded by Steven Brooks
Personal details
Born (1969-04-08) April 8, 1969 (age 47)
Chicago, Illinois
Political party Democratic
Residence North Las Vegas, Nevada
Alma mater Howard University
Profession Government Management Analyst

Kelvin Atkinson (born April 8, 1969) is a Democratic member of the Nevada Senate, representing District 4. He previously served in the Nevada Assembly, representing Clark County District 17 from 2002 to 2012.

On April 22, 2013, during a debate on repealing Nevada's gay marriage ban, Atkinson announced on the Senate floor that: "I’m black. I'm gay." It was the first time he had publicly identified as gay.[1] He became the fifth openly LGBT member of the Nevada legislature, alongside Senators David Parks and Patricia Spearman, as well as Assemblymen James Healey and Andrew Martin.

Atkinson and his partner Sherwood Howard were the first same-sex couple to marry in Nevada, which occurred on October 9, 2014.[2]


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