- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Gov. Brian Sandoval appointed Democratic Nevada Assemblywoman Marilyn Kirkpatrick to the Clark County Commission on Tuesday, filling a vacancy created when Commissioner Tom Collins suddenly resigned last week.

Kirkpatrick has served in the Assembly since 2004 and held the top-ranking position of speaker in 2013 when Democrats were in the majority. As minority leader in the 2015 session, she played a key role ushering Sandoval’s tax package through the Assembly.

“Throughout her tenure in the Nevada State Assembly, Marilyn Kirkpatrick earned a solid reputation for her in-depth policy knowledge and tremendous hard work,” Sandoval said in a statement. “She built bipartisan relationships and her record of accomplishment serves as a constant reminder of how effective we can be when we work together.”

Kirkpatrick, who is prevented by term limits from seeking re-election, said she was humbled by the appointment.

“I started as a PTA mother and Girl Scout leader, and not much has changed in the last decade,” she said. “At heart I am a mother and grandmother who will go about every day with a commitment to do what’s best for the families of Commission District B.”

The outspoken, cowboy hat-wearing Collins abruptly resigned his post last week, saying in a brief resignation letter that he was leaving because of family matters over the next few months that would affect his ability to serve his constituents.

Collins, a Democrat, served in the Nevada Assembly before taking the post as a Clark County Commissioner in 2005. He represented Clark County District B, which includes the northeastern part of the county.

The Republican governor sought to replace Collins before the next Clark County Commission meeting on Sept. 1. He was required by law to appoint someone from the same political party as Collins to finish out Collins’ term, which ends Jan. 1, 2017.

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