Seeing red: Joe Lombardo ushers in new era of GOP leadership as Nevada’s governor

Joe Lombardo, a former Clark County Sheriff, was elected Nevada’s 31st governor on Monday. He took office with a promise to increase certain criminal penalties and diversify Nevada’s economic economy. He also promised to become America’s “education governor” by encouraging vouchers and replacing nonpunitive interventions in schools with discipline.

Lombardo’s term will end four years’ Democratic control in Carson City. The party was the governor’s seat and held majorities in both the Legislature and the Senate. The Nevada Senate will continue to have a majority of Democrats and the Assembly will retain a supermajority.

The career police officer-turned-elected sheriff was the only Republican challenger to unseat a Democrat governor in last year’s midterm cycle. One of the many razor-thin statewide races that saw a split ticket result in Nevada was the Nevada governor’s ticket.

Lombardo replaces departing Gov. Steve Sisolak was the first Democrat to hold the office since 1999.


Following his November win, Lombardo stated that “our victory is a victory to all Nevadans who desire our state get back on track.”

The state Capitol was the venue for his swearing-in, which took place quickly since Monday was the deadline for his term’s start. In Carson City, a more formal event will be held Tuesday.

Lombardo stated that he would repeal the 2019 bill that introduced restorative justice as an alternative to suspensions and expulsions. Lombardo also supports allowing teachers to have firearms on campus to increase school safety.

He supports voucher programs, which provide public money to students for private school tuition. He believes parents should have other options than “failing schools”