Lorraine Hunt

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For the mezzo-soprano, see Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.
Lorraine Hunt
32nd Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
In office
January 4, 1999 – January 20, 2007
Governor Kenny Guinn
Jim Gibbons
Preceded by Lonnie Hammargren
Succeeded by Brian Krolicki
Clark County (Nevada) Commissioner
from district "G"
In office
Preceded by Karen Hayes
Succeeded by Dario Herrera
Personal details
Born Lorraine T. Hunt
(1939-03-11) March 11, 1939 (age 77)
Niagara Falls, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Residence Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
Occupation Entertainer and Restaurant owner

Lorraine T. Hunt (born March 11, 1939) is an American politician. She is the former 32nd Lieutenant Governor of the U.S. State of Nevada, serving from 1999 to 2007 (as she is term-limited, she may not serve as Lieutenant Governor of Nevada ever again). She is a member of the Republican Party.

Hunt was elected to the Clark County Commission in 1994, defeating Democratic incumbent Karen Hayes.[1]

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.

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 nightclub long popular with Las Vegas locals and showroom performers.[2] Hunt is herself a singer, and often performs at the restaurant. She continued performing while serving as lieutenant governor; in Nevada, the job of lieutenant governor is essentially a part-time post, which allowed Hunt to keep her "night job" while in office.

As lieutenant governor, Hunt focused primarily on tourism and economic development related policies. She served as President of the Nevada Senate, 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 filed for divorce from her second husband, Blackie, in July 2003; he died on December 30 of that year, before the divorce became final. On February 1, 2006, Las Vegas Review-Journal columnist Norm Clarke reported that Hunt would marry entertainer Dennis Bono; the wedding took place on March 5, 2006.


Political offices
Preceded by
Lonnie Hammargren
Lieutenant Governor of Nevada
January 4, 1999 – January 20, 2007
Succeeded by
Brian Krolicki