September 21, 2015
After considerable reflection, I have decided not to run for re-election. Never a politician, I came out of retirement from International Game Technology when asked to run for the Assembly at a pressing time in our state’s history. Those who encouraged me felt my business background and executive experience would be valuable to our legislative process. And so, when I agreed to run, I focused on two overarching objectives: let’s get people back to work, i.e. job growth, and let’s improve our education successes. I believe a strong future is inexorably tied to a sound education. Both have seen substantial gains, and I do mean substantial, with remarkable achievements.
In the 2011 session, I sponsored a comprehensive economic development bill that has brought millions of dollars in new investment to Nevada and hundreds of jobs. I have been a major supporter of economic development initiatives throughout my tenure including strong support for Tesla. On the education side, I sponsored a watershed bill to replace the ineffective High School Proficiency Exam. Now, for the first time we have a national benchmark to measure ourselves and build on. This gives us the potential to improve our students for generations to come. In 2013, I sponsored the “Read by Three” bill. It failed but the Governor brought it back in 2015 and it passed. This too is a landmark bill. We know students learn to read by 3rd Grade and read to learn thereafter. If they cannot read at grade level by third grade and are socially promoted to 4th Grade and beyond, odds are many will not finish high school and far too many end up incarcerated. Now, six years later, we enter what the Governor calls “the New Nevada,” a time with unprecedented economic development in our state (more jobs and better jobs) and renewed momentum and commitment to our education goals (graduation rates consistently improving).
I have served when Nevada was at its worst, a result of the Great Recession – a critical time – and have been dedicated to making Nevada a better place to study, work, succeed, and enjoy life. Each day I serve is an honor and a privilege. Truly a blessing. This job is not always an easy path, but I am profoundly grateful for the opportunity. Thank you to the multitude who have encouraged me to run again and the army who have supported me throughout my legislative tenure. I have done what I came to do and now it’s time to step aside. For those that might be curious, I plan to serve out my term with enormous appreciation and the energy the voters expect.
Randy Kirner, Ed.D.
Assemblyman, District 26
Randy Kirner was first elected in 2010 to the Nevada Legislature, re-elected in 2012 and again in 2014. He is in his third term on the influential Ways and Means Committee and chairs the subcommittee on General Government. Our State budget is exceptionally complicated and the value this brings to you cannot be understated. He also serves as Chair, Commerce and Labor, the second busiest committee behind Ways and Means and is Vice-Chair of the Taxation Committee. These responsibilities place him in an ideal position to represent the district and constituents. It is also testament and a reflection of the confidence and respect for his experience and leadership.