Lorraine Hunt

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Lorraine Hunt
32nd Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
In office
January 4, 1999 – January 20, 2007
GovernorKenny Guinn
Jim Gibbons
Preceded byLonnie Hammargren
Succeeded byBrian Krolicki
Clark County (Nevada) Commissioner
from district "G"
In office
Preceded byKaren Hayes
Succeeded byDario Herrera
Personal details
Lorraine Theresa Perry

(1939-03-11) March 11, 1939 (age 80)
Niagara Falls, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
ResidenceLas Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
OccupationEntertainer and Restaurant owner

Lorraine T. Hunt (born March 11, 1939) is an American businesswoman, former politician and entertainer. She served as the 32nd Lieutenant Governor of the U.S. State of Nevada, from 1999 to 2007.

Hunt was elected to the Clark County Commission in 1994, defeating Democratic incumbent Karen Hayes.[1] As a Clark County Commissioner, Hunt served as the first woman Chairperson of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA), Vice-Chair of the University Medical Center (UMC), and Trustee, McCarran International Airport Board of Trustees.

In 1998 Hunt was elected Lieutenant Governor of Nevada, defeating Democrat Rose McKinney-James. She was re-elected in 2002 by defeating Democratic Clark County commissioner Erin Kenny.

As lieutenant governor, Hunt focused primarily on tourism and economic development related policies. She served as President of the Nevada State Senate, a member of Governor Kenny Guinn's cabinet, Chairwoman of the State Tourism Commission, Chairwoman of the State Economic Development Commission, and Vice Chairwoman of the Department of Transportation Board of Directors.

Hunt was a candidate for the Republican nomination for the 2006 Nevada gubernatorial election. She lost the Republican primary against Congressman Jim Gibbons.

Hunt is the owner of The Bootlegger Bistro, a restaurant and special events center, long popular with Las Vegas locals and showroom performers.[2] Hunt is herself a singer, and often performs at the restaurant.

Personal life[edit]

Hunt attended Westlake College of Music in Los Angeles, California studying piano and music composition. In 1959, as a member of Local 369 of the Las Vegas Musicians Union, Lorraine began singing and contracting musical groups for the Nevada Entertainment Circuit (Las Vegas, Reno and Lake Tahoe).

In 1972, Hunt became CEO of Perri Inc., a real estate development, restaurant and entertainment management company. In the 1980s, she was a founder of Continental National Bank, director of First Security Bank of Nevada, advisory board member of Wells Fargo Bank, director of Las Vegas Events and director of The Nevada Development Authority.

Hunt is married to Dennis Bono, recording artist and music talk show host of The Dennis Bono Show Live from Las Vegas. Lorraine and Dennis were married in 2006 and between them have two children.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ November 8, 1994 General Election Election Department - Clark County, Nevada Archived December 4, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Katsilometes, John (2014-02-14). "The Red Zone: Las Vegas history simmers at classic Italian restaurants". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 2014-07-31.
Political offices
Preceded by
Lonnie Hammargren
Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
January 4, 1999 – January 20, 2007
Succeeded by
Brian Krolicki