Las Vegas City Councilman Bob Beers spent ten years representing Las Vegas residents at the state legislature, where he developed a reputation as a steadying force on government finance and a fierce champion of citizen’s rights. Beers was awarded “Legislator of the Year” at the 34th annual meeting of the American Legislative Exchange Council in Philadelphia (July 2007).
Now, he believes Harry Reid no longer represents Nevadans in Washington, so he’s thrown his hat into the ring for the 2016 elections.
In 2006, Beers campaigned statewide for the vacant Nevada Governorship, campaigning hard in a field of five GOP primary contenders (including the Lt. Governor) starting from last place and losing only to Jim Gibbons. He lights up when he talks about that year: he and his family met tens of thousands of Nevadans in the other 16 counties, visited every city and county in the state, and started to learn the unique set of issues faced by rural Nevadans. He endorsed Gov. Gibbons immediately after the primary.
He was defeated for his reelection to the State Senate (a mostly volunteer job in Nevada) in 2008. He filed a libel lawsuit against the Nevada State Democrat Party because they lied about him (amongst others, that his conduct was under review by the Nevada Commission on Ethics, a complete falsehood). He also went back to work as a CPA, auditing small public companies.
In 2010, the libel case was settled out of court with the Nevada State Democrat Party writing a letter admitting that they lied. Beers donated the cash settlement to Opportunity Village.
The CPA practice that Seale & Beers took over in 2009 turned out to be significantly out of federal regulatory compliance. It took three years for the partners to bring it back into regulatory compliance, where it has remained.
In 2012, Beers ran for a sudden opening on the Las Vegas City Council and was elected to fill an unexpired term. He recruited new partners to take over his work at the firm and worked as a full-time City Councilman. In 2013, he was elected with a city-high 76.3% of the vote to a full four-year term.
As Councilman, Beers also sits on the Southern Nevada Regional Planning Coalition, Southern Nevada Health District Board, Debt Commission, and both the State and Local Workforce Investment Boards.
He has two grown children and has been married to his wife Sarah for more than 30 years.
Beers plays the bass most recently, but has played the banjo steady for most of the past ten years. He is a lifelong musician.