Settelmeyer prepares to seek GOP state Senate leadership post

Saturday, May 26, 2018|2 a.m.

State Sen. James Settelmeyer, R-Minden, states he prepares to look for the leadership role of the Republican Senate caucus for the 2019 session of the Nevada Legislature.

“I am choosing leadership, and we’ll have that vote after the election to identify who will be the best to lead us throughout the session,” Settelmeyer stated Thursday on Nevada Newsmakers.

Settelmeyer acknowledged he may be in a competition for the post with Sen. Ben Kieckhefer, R-Reno, who has actually been the assistant caucus leader. Settelmeyer likewise deals with Curtis Cannon, a Democrat from Carson City, in the general election in November.

State Sen. Michael Roberson, who has actually led the GOP Senate caucus because 2013, is running for lieutenant guv.

When inquired about leapfrogging Kieckhefer to be chosen leader, Settelmeyer stated, “It is not a concern of leapfrogging. We just have different leadership designs and various views on the future of the state of Nevada, possibly.”

Settelmeyer was first elected to the Legislature in 2006 as an assemblyman from Douglas County. He was chosen to the Senate in 2010.

Kieckhefer likewise was chosen to the Senate in 2010, having no previous legislative experience.

“When you look at it, I have more than 12 years in this procedure and in that regard, he in fact has less,” Settelmeyer said. “Possibly I’m the one who was leapfrogged.”

Settelmeyer stated he likewise may be more conservative than Kieckhefer.

“It is a concern of viewpoint,” he stated. “I originate from a rural neighborhood and I believe I simply have a bit of a various viewpoint on a conservative element.”

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