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Nevada Senator Bob Beers represented western Las Vegas families in the Nevada Legislature from 1999 to 2008. In 2006, he was awarded a “Taxpayer Hero” award from Americans For Tax Reform.
In his first year in the senate, Beers’ became vice-chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. In that capacity, he helped direct about half of the Senate Republicans’ traditional “pork” spending toward reducing the “Nevada Income Tax” (payroll tax) by 3%. He also served as a member of the Committees on Natural Resources and Legislative Operations.
In 2003, then-Assemblyman Beers led the opposition to the first, and largest, of the several tax hikes passed during the last decade. He based his opposition on his belief that expanding the public sector even faster than the private sector would choke Nevada’s economy.
Time proved Beers right, but it made him a political target for “progressives”. With a rumored one million dollars of Washington money, they beat Beers and Congressman Joe Heck (then a Nevada State Senator with Beers) with false and nasty advertising in 2008 and won partisan control of the Nevada Senate. At the election’s closing hours, Beers sued the Nevada Democrat Party for defamation, but it was too late – both Beers and Heck lost reelection. Two years later, the Democratic Party wrote a penalty check to Beers’ favorite charity, Opportunity Village, and wrote a letter admitting their libel.
From 2009 until 2012, Beers concentrated most of his energy toward building a new CPA firm in the private sector. In 2012, his City Councilman vacated the neighborhood seat, and Beers won a special election to fill the unexpired term. He was reelected in 2013 to a four-year term, and holds this office today.
Also from 2009 until 2012, Beers served on the five-member turnaround Board of Directors of the non-profit Las Vegas Monorail Company, a seasoned group of five community leaders, appointed by the Governor to guide the system through some interesting new legal precedents in US Bankruptcy Court. Beers is proud to have delivered on his promise to Governor Gibbons: taxpayer damage would be minimized in the financial train wreck that followed. There was none.
Beers is the treasurer of the Tonopah Historic Mining Park Foundation (a fascinating gem of Nevada history four hours from downtown Las Vegas), a member of the US Civil Rights Advisory Committee for our state, and serves on the UNLV Accounting Department’s Alumni Advisory Board.
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