Former Speaker Pro Tem Debbie Smith is about to assume even more power in the upper house, putting her in the decision-making room with her old pal and fellow workaholic, Speaker-to-Be Marilyn Kirkpatrick.
Smith has been named second-in-command to Majority Leader Mo Denis, but also chairwoman of the Senate Finance Committee. I always said that if Bill Raggio were ever forced to give up one of his titles -- majority leader or finance boss -- he always would have chosen to remain head of the most powerful committee in Carson City.
Speaker Kirkpatrick and Finance Chair/Assistant Leader Smith? Can't we start this session tomorrow?
The full list of the Democratic assignments:
Senator David Parks-President Pro Tempore
Senator Debbie Smith-Assistant Majority Leader
Senator Ruben Kihuen-Majority Whip
Senator Aaron Ford-Assistant Whip
Senator Justin Jones-Assistant Whip
The Committee Chair assignments are as follows:
Commerce and Energy-Senator Kelvin Atkinson
Education-Senator Joyce Woodhouse
Finance-Senator Debbie Smith
Government Affairs-Senator David Parks
Health and Human Services-Senator Justin Jones
Judiciary-Senator Richard “Tick” Segerblom
Legislative Operations and Elections-Senator Patricia Spearman
Natural Resources-Senator Aaron Ford
Revenue and Economic Development-Senator Ruben Kihuen
Transportation-Senator Mark Manendo