Teresa Benitez-Thompson

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Teresa Benitez-Thompson
Majority Leader of the Nevada Assembly
Assumed office
November 9, 2016
Preceded byPaul Anderson
Member of the Nevada Assembly
from the 27th district
Assumed office
February 7, 2011
Preceded bySheila Leslie
Personal details
Born
Teresa Francisca Benitez

(1978-07-25) July 25, 1978 (age 40)
Ventura, California, U.S.
Political partyDemocratic (1998–present)
Spouse(s)Jeff Thompson
Children4
EducationUniversity of Nevada, Reno (BA)
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (MSW)
WebsiteCampaign website

Teresa Francisca Benitez-Thompson[1] (born July 25, 1978)[2] is an American politician, the Majority Floor Leader and a Democratic member of the Nevada Assembly, first elected February 7, 2011 to represent District 27. She was crowned Miss Nevada 2002 and placed third runner-up at the Miss America 2003 pageant.[3]

On December 4, 2013, Benitez-Thompson was endorsed by Harry Reid and Richard Bryan for her re-election campaign in 2014.[4]

Education[edit]

Benitez-Thompson earned her B.A. from the University of Nevada, Reno and her master's degree in social work from the University of Michigan.

Elections[edit]

  • 2012 Benitez-Thompson was unopposed for the June 12, 2012 Democratic Primary and won the November 6, 2012 General election with 14,160 votes (57.76%) against Republican nominee Tom Taber,[5] who had previously run for the Assembly in 1990.
  • 2010 When Democratic Assemblywoman Sheila Leslie ran for Nevada Senate and left the House District 27 seat open, Benitez-Thompson won the June 8, 2010 Democratic Primary with 1,451 votes (55.92%),[6] and won the November 2, 2010 General election with 6,951 votes (63.57%) against Republican nominee Gabe Jurado.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Benitez-Thompson is married to KOLO-TV chief meteorologist, former KRNV-DT chief meteorologist and former KTVN meteorologist Jeff Thompson and has 4 children.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Assemblywoman Teresa Benitez-Thompson". Carson City, Nevada: Nevada Legislature. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  2. ^ "Teresa Benitez-Thompson's Biography". Project Vote Smart. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  3. ^ Goldberg, Delen (January 12, 2012). "10 past Nevada pageant winners who have gained notoriety". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved July 20, 2014.
  4. ^ "Harry Reid, Richard Bryan lead the show at Washoe Democrats annual Virginia Demmler Honor Roll Dinner Thursday at Grand Sierra | Inside Nevada Politics". Blogs.rgj.com. 2013-12-04. Retrieved 2014-08-02.
  5. ^ "2012 Official Statewide General Election Results November 6, 2012". Carson City, Nevada: Secretary of State of Nevada. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  6. ^ "2010 Official Statewide Primary Election Results June 8, 2010". Carson City, Nevada: Secretary of State of Nevada. Retrieved November 20, 2013.
  7. ^ "2010 Official Statewide General Election Results November 2, 2010". Carson City, Nevada: Secretary of State of Nevada. Retrieved November 20, 2013.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ashley Huff
Miss Nevada
2002
Succeeded by
Christina O'Neil
Nevada Assembly
Preceded by
Paul Anderson
Majority Leader of the Nevada Assembly
2016–present
Incumbent