Kelvin Atkinson
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Kelvin Atkinson

Democrat

Nevada State Senator

North Las Vegas, Nevada
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Kelvin Atkinson

Nevada State Senator
Summary
Experience
52
Years of Age
13
Years of Experience
NVResidence (state)

Kelvin Atkinson (born April 8, 1969) is a former Democratic member of the Nevada Senate, representing District 4. He previously served in the Nevada Assembly, representing Clark County District 17 from 2002 to 2012. On April 22, 2013, during a debate on repealing Nevada's gay marriage ban, Atkinson announced on the Senate floor that: "I’m black. I'm gay." It was the first time he had publicly identified as gay. He became the fifth openly LGBT member of the Nevada legislature, alongside Senators David Parks and Patricia Spearman and Assemblymembers James Healey and Andrew Martin. Atkinson and his partner Sherwood Howard were the first same-sex couple to marry in Nevada, which occurred on October 9, 2014.

Experience

Education

  (1 - 2 of 4)  
Henry Toll Fellowship
Graduate
2005
Western Legislative Academy
Graduate
2004
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Attended
Howard University
BA Political Science

Past Positions

  (1 - 2 of 8)  
Assistant Majority Leader
Nevada State Senate
2017 - 2019
Majority Leader
Nevada State Senate
2019
Senator
Nevada State Senate
2012 - 2019
Assistant Minority Leader
Nevada State Senate
2015 - 2016
Assembly Member
Nevada State Assembly
2003 - 2012
Senior Chief Deputy Whip
Nevada State Assembly
2011
Management Analyst
Clark County, present
Mediator
Clark County, present

Other Experience

  (1 - 2 of 26)  
Member
National Conference of State Legislators
Member
National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
Member
Las Vegas Metro Professional and Youth Building a Commitment Program
Member
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department (Metro) Recruitment Council
Member
Black Public Administrators
Member
Alliance for Retired Americans
Former Chair
Assembly Committee on Transportation, Nevada State Assembly
Executive Committee Member
Council of State Governments-WEST
Former Chair
Senate Parliamentary Rules and Procedures (SPRP) Committee, Nevada State Senate
Former Chair
Commerce and Labor Committee, Nevada State Assembly
Former Chair
Commerce, Labor, and Energy Committee, Nevada State Senate
Former Member
Government Affairs Committee, Nevada State Senate
Former Member
Ways and Means Committee, Nevada State Assembly
Former Member
Public Safety, Military and Veterans' Services Committee, Nevada State Assembly
Former Member
General Government Committee, Nevada State Assembly
Former Member
Transportation Committee, Nevada State Assembly
Former Member
Legislative Operations and Elections Committee, Nevada State Senate
Former Vice Chair
Assembly Committee on Commerce and Labor, Nevada State Assembly
Former Vice Chair
Transportation Committee, Nevada State Senate
Former Vice Chair
Assembly Committee on Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining, Nevada State Assembly
Member
Urban Development Caucus
Member
Transportation Committee, National Conference of State Legislatures
Member
Nevada Black Elected Officials Caucus
Member
National Black Caucus of State Legislators
Neighborhood Liaison
Clark County Commission, District G
Vice Chair
Water and Public Lands Committee, Council of State Governments-WEST