Coming off a Republican “sweep” and taking control of the state Legislature for the first time in decades, Assembly Republicans took control of the lower house for the first time since 1985. In addition, it is the first time the governor, Senate majority leader and Assembly speaker will all be Republican since 1929. And another first is the fact that Assemblywoman Michele Fiore is the first female Republican to serve as the Majority Leader of the Nevada Assembly. Seems this is just too many “firsts” for some Republican men in the Assembly.
On Wednesday, Assembly Speaker designate John Hambrick, R-Las Vegas, ousted GOP Las Vegas Assemblywoman Michele Fiore as chairwoman of the Taxation Committee and replaced her with freshman Derek Armstrong, R-Henderson. In another gender move, Victoria Seaman, R-Las Vegas, the first Republican Latina female elected to office, was also removed from her position in taxation. She was replaced by Pat Hickey, R-Reno.
“It appears a few men in our party are not happy that we have Republican woman in key leadership roles in the legislature, and may look to Democrats for help in unraveling more leadership roles,” said Fiore. “Women make up only 35 percent of the Nevada Assembly, while they are 50 percent of our population in Nevada. It seems it is time for women to have a voice and take on leadership roles in Nevada government.”
Of the 15 women in the Assembly, seven are Republicans, and of those, five are Freshman Assembly members. This is the largest influx of
Republican women in decades.
Assemblywoman Seaman commented, “To replace the two women elected to the Taxation Committee with two men sends a very dangerous message to Nevada women voters. Women pay taxes too in Nevada. They are small business-owners and they usually control the household budgets. They deserve to have women in leadership roles looking to impact the laws on taxation in Nevada.”
“Republican voters in Nevada elected women to represent them in majority numbers this year. Education, the economy, and other core value issues are what women face every day as working moms, single parents, wives, and mothers. They want to see Conservative women with values they relate to in leadership roles,” said Assemblywoman Jill Dickman.
Efforts to unseat Fiore and other women from key roles will take cooperation from Democrats.
“Why the Nevada Republican Party would not take the opportunity to govern Nevada with our values and ideas for the first time in 29 years is a mystery to me. A Republican “War on Women” from within in our own party is not what the voters wanted,” added Dickman.