State Sen. Becky Harris named new chair of Nevada Gaming Control Board

State Sen. Becky Harris named new chair of Nevada Gaming Control Board

January 13, 2018 8:05 AM
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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval has named Republican State Sen. Becky Harris as the new chair of the Gaming Control Board (GCB), the governor’s office announced Friday morning. She will be the first woman to serve in that capacity.

Harris, who will resign her elected position, was offered the post and accepted it Thursday evening. Harris is the second-ever female appointee to the GCB, following Patricia Becker who was appointed to the board in 1982.

Sandoval said in a statement that he is “confident” that Harris will serve with “distinction and integrity.”

He added, “Nevada’s gaming regulatory structure is the best in the world and it is imperative that the public servants who serve on this commission are beyond reproach and willing to make difficult decisions.”

 Harris holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) in Gaming Law and Regulation from UNLV’s Boyd School of Law, in addition to a law degree from Brigham Young University, a master’s from UNLV and a bachelor’s from Brigham Young.

Former GCB Chair A.G. Burnett resigned last month. How long Harris may serve is in question because she is completing Burnett’s term ending in January 2019. There is no assurance that Sandoval’s successor, who will be elected in November, will re-appoint her to another four-year term with the board.

Sandoval, the incumbent Republican Governor, is not eligible to run for re-election due to term limits that are part of the Nevada Constitution. Nevada is one of eight states that prohibits its Governors from serving more than two consecutive terms for life.