Las Vegas, Nevada , United States
|| January 20, 1951
Nov 29, 2012 03:08am
Jewish - Moderate-to-Liberal - Pro Environment - Pro-Choice - Pro-Gay Marriage - Judaism - Straight -
|Info||Congresswoman Shelley Berkley was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in November, 1998. Shelley represents constituents living in the First Congressional District of Nevada, including residents of Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and unincorporated areas in Clark County. The District annually records the largest population increase in the nation. |
The Congresswoman has lived in Las Vegas for over 39 years. She has a deep sense of commitment to give back to the community that opened the doors of opportunity for her. She also has never forgotten that her family headed west seeking a better life, and found it in Las Vegas. Shelley completed junior high and high school in Las Vegas, then went on to become the first member of her family to attend college when she enrolled in UNLV. Elected Student Body President, 1971-1972, she graduated with honors and a B.A. in Political Science from UNLV in 1972. After earning her law degree at the University of San Diego School of Law in 1976, Shelley returned to Las Vegas to begin her career.
Since being sworn in as a Member of Congress on January 6, 1999, Congresswoman Berkley has successfully sought appointments that enable her to meet the needs of Southern Nevada.
House Committee Assignments
Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Subcommittees on Highways and Transit
Subcommittee on Aviation
Committee on Veterans Affairs
Subcommittee on Health
Committee on International Relations
Subcommittee on the Middle East and Central Asia
Subcommittee on International Terrorism, Nonproliferation, and Human Rights
Task Force on Education
Task Force on Health Care
Task Force on the Economy
Task Force on Homeland Security
The Congressional Task Force Against Anti-Semitism
Previous Elected Offices
Shelley is a former Vice Chair of the Nevada University and Community College System Board of Regents. Appointed to the Board in 1990 by the Governor, she was then twice elected as a Regent by Las Vegas-area voters. She completed her second term on the Board in 1998. Throughout her tenure, Shelley worked to keep higher education in Nevada affordable and accessible to all qualified students.
Elected to the Nevada State Assembly in 1982 and serving through 1984, Shelley championed consumer protection for car buyers and mobile home owners, fought for tougher drunk driving laws, and founded the Senior Law Project.
Shelley Berkley has devoted her energies to charitable and civic efforts ever since she was a teenager. Her work and ideas have contributed to many of Southern Nevada�s successes. A representative sampling of her record of service includes:
Past President, Las Vegas Public Broadcasting System affiliate, KLVX Channel 10
Former Board Member and Secretary, UNLV Alumni Association
Nevada Advisory Committee Member, U.S. Civil Rights Commission.
Director Emeritus, National Conference of Christians and Jews.
Advisory Board Member, Clark County School District "Partners in Progress" Committee.
Founder and President, Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys
Coordinator, Clark County Bar Association Pro Bono Project
Accomplishment in Industry
Shelley Berkley has held key positions in the private sector during a career that spans nearly a quarter of a century:
Former Vice President of Government and Legal Affairs, Sands Hotel.
Former Chair, Board of the Nevada Hotel and Motel Association.
Past member, Board of Trustees of Sunrise-Columbia Hospital (an unpaid position).
Former In-House counsel for Southwest Gas Corp.
Former Deputy Director, Nevada State Commerce Department.
Member, County, State and National Bar Association.
Former National Director of the American Hotel-Motel Association.
Served as a Delegate to the White House Conference on Tourism
Shelley Berkley has been recognized for her community service and commitment. Of the many awards she has received, some of the most notable are:
Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce "Woman of Achievement".
Las Vegas Business and Professional Woman "Woman of the Year".
Clark County Mother of the Year, 1994.
Anti-Defamation League Public Service Award.
Las Vegas Review Journal's Outstanding Women in Clark County.
UNLV Distinguished Alumnus of the Year
Shelley and husband Dr. Larry Lehrner now reside in Northwest Las Vegas. Shelley's son Max studies at the University of Arizona, while son Sam attends Bonanza High School in Las Vegas. Dr. Lehrner's son David attends classes at the University of Indiana, while daughter Stephanie is enrolled in the medical school at University of Nevada-Reno.
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