by Karl Kurtz
Bill Raggio, one of the longest serving legislative leaders ever in the nation, in the Las Vegas Sun:
Former state Sen. Bill Raggio was being remembered Friday as an icon in Nevada history, a respected gentleman statesman who embraced political compromise, championed education, and put the best interests of his state ahead of partisan politics.
The prominent Reno Republican, the longest-serving state senator in Nevada history when he retired in January 2011, died Thursday. He was 85.
Raggio was first elected in 1972 and served in the senate for 38 years, including 28 as Republican caucus leader. Because of recent term limits, his record in the Senate will likely stand.
"If there was a Mount Rushmore of Nevada politics, Bill Raggio's image would forever be carved there," Gov. Brian Sandoval said in a statement. "One of the great lights in the world of Nevada politics has gone out."
Sen. Raggio was active in NCSL and the State Legislative Leaders Foundation and served a term as national chair of the American Legislative Exchange Council. I fondly remember participating with Sen. Raggio on an NCSL study tour to Egypt and Israel with his wife, Dottie, in the early 1980s. He was a true gentleman with a wonderful, quiet sense of humor.
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