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Encyclopedia > Jim Gibbons (United States politician)
Jim Gibbons
Jim Gibbons (United States politician)

Incumbent
Assumed office 
January 1, 2007
Lieutenant(s) Brian Krolicki
Preceded by Kenny Guinn
Succeeded by Incumbent

Born December 16, 1944
Sparks, Nevada
Political party Republican
Spouse Dawn Gibbons
Profession Geologist, attorney, pilot
Religion Mormon

James Arthur "Jim" Gibbons (born December 16, 1944) is the 28th Governor of the U.S. state of Nevada. A Republican, he is a former member of the United States House of Representatives from 1997 to 2006. Image File history File links Jimgibbons. ... This is a list of Governors of Nevada. ... The incumbent, in politics, is the current holder of a political office. ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Kenneth Carroll Kenny Guinn (born August 24, 1936) is an American educator and businessman who was a two-term Governor of Nevada from 1999 to 2007. ... The incumbent, in politics, is the current holder of a political office. ... December 16 is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Sparks is a city located in Washoe County, Nevada. ... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States; the other being the Democratic Party. ... The Geologist by Carl Spitzweg A geologist is a contributor to the science of geology, studying the physical structure and processes of the Earth and planets of the solar system (see planetary geology). ... An attorney is someone who represents someone else in the transaction of business: For attorney-at-law, see lawyer, solicitor, barrister or civil law notary. ... An aviator is a person who flies aircraft for pleasure or as a profession. ... The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the largest attraction in the citys Temple Square. ... December 16 is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1944 (MCMXLIV) was a leap year starting on Saturday. ... Motto: (Out Of Many, One) (traditional) In God We Trust (1956 to date) Anthem: The Star-Spangled Banner Capital Washington D.C. Largest city New York City None at federal level (English de facto) Government Federal constitutional republic  - President George Walker Bush (R)  - Vice President Dick Cheney (R) Independence from... This article does not cite its references or sources. ... The Republican Party is one of two major contemporary political parties in the United States; the other being the Democratic Party. ... Seal of the House of Representatives The United States House of Representatives (or simply the House) is the lower of the two chambers of the United States Congress, the other being the Senate. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ...

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Biography

Born in Sparks, Nevada, Gibbons interrupted his studies at theUniversity of Nevada, Reno during the Vietnam War to serve in the United States Air Force (1967-1971). He also attended Southwestern University School of Law, in Los Angeles, and the University of Southern California for post-graduate studies. A graduate of the US Air Force Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College, he joined the Nevada Air Guard in 1975 and served as its vice commander from 1990 to 1996, participating in the first Gulf War. During his military career, Gibbons earned nineteen service medals, including the Legion of Merit and Distinguished Flying Cross. In civilian life, he has worked as a lawyer in private practice, an airline pilot for both Western Airlines and Delta Air Lines, a hydrologist and a geologist. Gibbons is a Latter-Day Saint; his wife is a Presbyterian.[1] Sparks is a city located in Washoe County, Nevada. ... The University of Nevada, Reno (Nevada or UNR) is a university located in Reno, Nevada and is known for its programs in agricultural research, animal biotechnology, and mining-related engineering and natural sciences. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000... Aircraft of the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing and coalition counterparts stationed together at Al Udeid Air Base, Qatar, in southwest Asia, fly over the desert. ... 1967 (MCMLXVII) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar (the link is to a full 1967 calendar). ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... The Southwestern University School of Law (also known as Southwestern Law School) is a private ABA-accredited law school located in Los Angeles, California, with about 1000 students at a campus that includes the Bullocks Wilshire building, an admired art-deco landmark. ... Nickname: City of Angels Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: State California County Los Angeles County  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Area    - City 1290. ... The University of Southern California (commonly referred to as USC, SC, Southern California, and incorrectly as Southern Cal[1]) is located in the University Park neighborhood in Los Angeles, California, USA. USC is one of the worlds leading private research universities, and was founded in 1880, making it California... The United States Air Force Air War College is a part of Air University, and is a component of the United States Air Forces Air Education and Training Command, headquartered at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base, Alabama. ... 1975 (MCMLXXV) was a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... Combatants UN Coalition Republic of Iraq Commanders Norman Schwarzkopf Saddam Hussein Strength 883,863 360,000 Casualties 378 dead, 1,000 wounded 25,000 dead, 75,000 wounded The Gulf War (2 August 1990 – 28 February 1991) was a conflict between Iraq and a coalition force of approximately 30 nations... A new restoration of a Convair 240 sports a Western Airlines paint scheme. ... Delta Boeing 757-232 at Los Angeles International Airport in August 2003, showing the livery the airline instituted in 2000. ... The Salt Lake Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is the largest attraction in the citys Temple Square. ...


Political career

Gibbons served in the Nevada State Assembly from 1989 to 1993, during which time he was called to active service in the Gulf War as an RF-4C Flight Leader. During the conflict, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his extraordinary achievement while participating in a mission in which he flew his unarmed aircraft on a vital reconnaissance mission to acquire politically sensitive imagery of enemy targets in Kuwait. The Nevada Legislature is the legislative body of the U.S. state of Nevada and is seated in Carson City, the state capital. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Combatants UN Coalition Republic of Iraq Commanders Norman Schwarzkopf Saddam Hussein Strength 883,863 360,000 Casualties 378 dead, 1,000 wounded 25,000 dead, 75,000 wounded The Gulf War (2 August 1990 – 28 February 1991) was a conflict between Iraq and a coalition force of approximately 30 nations... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged into F-4 Phantom II variants. ... The Distinguished Flying Cross. ...


Including the Distinguished Flying Cross, Gibbons has received a total of 19 service medals throughout his military service, such as the Legion of Merit, Air Medal with Two Oak Leaf Clusters, Aerial Achievement Medal and Air Force Commendation Medal with One Oak Leaf Cluster. The Legion of Merit is a military decoration of the United States armed forces that is awarded for exceptionally meritorious conduct in the performance of outstanding services and achievements. ... The Air Medal is a military decoration of the United States which was established by Executive Order 9158, signed by Franklin D. Roosevelt, on May 11, 1942. ... Aerial Achievement Medal The Aerial Achievement Medal is a decoration of the United States Air Force which was first created in 1988. ... The Commendation Medal is a mid-level United States military award which is presented for sustained acts of heroism or meritorious service. ...


1994 gubernatorial race

While working as a pilot for Delta Air Lines and serving as an assemblyman in the Nevada House, Gibbons ran for Nevada governor in 1994. As the Republican nominee, he lost to Democrat incumbent Bob Miller, receiving 156,875 votes to Miller's 200,026. Robert Joseph Miller (born March 30, 1945) was a governor of the U.S. state of Nevada. ...


U.S. Congress

He was elected to the House in 1996 for Nevada's 2nd congressional district, and served as vice chairman of the House Resources Committee, as well as on the Armed Services Committee, the Homeland Security Committee, and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. His wife, Dawn Gibbons, was elected to the Nevada State Assembly in 1998. 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year for the Eradication of Poverty. ... The 2nd Congressional District of Nevada is a congressional district occupying all of Nevada outside of Clark County, and some parts of Clark County. ... // Jurisdiction Fisheries and wildlife, including research, restoration, refuges, and conservation. ... The U.S. House Committee on Armed Services, commonly known as the House Armed Services Committee, is a standing committee of the United States House of Representatives, the lower house of Congress. ... The U.S. House Committee on Homeland Security is a standing committee of the United States House of Representatives, the lower house of Congress. ... The U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is a committee of the United States House of Representatives, currently chaired by Peter Hoekstra. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...


2006 gubernatorial race

Gibbons vacated his Congressional seat and ran for Governor of Nevada. He won the August 15 party primary handily, defeating state senator Bob Beers and Lieutenant Governor Lorraine Hunt. In the general election (described as "most contentious, ugly and negative in history" [2]) he faced Democrat nominee Dina Titus, who is the Minority Leader in the Nevada State Senate. Gibbons received 278,984 votes to Titus' 255,675. Titus won Clark County, Nevada's most populous, but was beaten by Gibbons in every other county. Gibbons called Titus "an admirable opponent," although Titus declined to echo his sentiments, saying ""We disagree on basic policies, and neither one of us is going to change our minds for the other." [3] Gibbons mocked Titus in a campaign ad, dubbing her as "Dina Taxes." [4] The Nevada gubernatorial election of 2006 will be held on November 7, 2006. ... This is a list of Governors of Nevada. ... Bob Beers is a current state senator and Gubernatorial candidate from the U.S State of Nevada. ... Lorraine T. Hunt is the current Lieutenant Governor of the U.S State of Nevada. ... The Democratic Party is one of two major political parties in the United States, the other being the Republican Party. ... Dina Titus (b. ... Clark County is a county located in the U.S. state of Nevada. ...


Criticism and controversy

Gibbons stirred controversy in August 2006 when Nevada House of Representatives Speaker Richard Perkins refused to allow a young singer and a color guard to perform for the gathered lawmakers in the Assembly chamber prior to a Gibbons’ speech.[2] Richard Perkins is the current Speaker of the Nevada State Assembly. ...


In November 2005, Gibbons and Representative Richard Pombo (R-CA) co-authored an amendment to the Federal Budget Reconciliation Bill easing restrictions of sale of federal lands to mining companies. This amendment attracted fire from environmentalists, anti-growth advocates, and even some Republican Senators [3] concerned about the measure's effects on hunting and fishing. Although the bill (and amendment) narrowly passed the House, it was defeated by the Senate. Richard William Pombo (born January 8, 1961) is a former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Californias 11th congressional district from 1993 to 2007. ...


Journalist Chris Mooney has criticised Gibbons for using rhetoric in place of sound science to base judgements, particularly in regard to a 2005 report Gibbons produced with Pombo that some saw as underplaying the effects of mercury poisoning[4]. Chris C. Mooney is an American journalist who focuses on science in political policy. ...


Plagiarism

A speech given in February 2005 by Rep. Gibbons in Elko, Nevada was actually plagiarized from a copyrighted speech delivered in 2003 by then Alabama State Auditor Beth Chapman at a "Stand up America" rally. [5] 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Elko, Nevada Elko is a city in Elko County, Nevada, United States. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Official language(s) English Capital Montgomery Largest city Birmingham Area  Ranked 30th  - Total 52,419 sq mi (135,765 km²)  - Width 190 miles (306 km)  - Length 330 miles (531 km)  - % water 3. ... Audit can refer to: Telecommunication audit Financial audit Performance audit Completion of a course of study for which no assessment is completed or grade awarded; especially audit is awarded to those who have elected not to receive a letter grade for a course in which letter grades typically awarded. ...


Alleged sexual assault and cover up

On October 13, 2006, Gibbons, his political campaign adviser, Sig Rogich, and four women, including a cocktail waitress, Chrissy Mazzeo, were drinking together at McCormick & Schmick's restaurant. Afterwards, Gibbons walked Mazzeo to her truck, parked in a Hughes Center parking garage. At that point, according to reports, "Mazzeo told police that Gibbons grabbed her arms, threw her up against a wall in the parking garage and tried to coerce her into having sex. Gibbons said he merely was helping Mazzeo find her truck when she stumbled just before they entered the garage and he grabbed her arms to break her fall."[6] The Honorable Sigmund “Sig” Rogich is President of The Rogich Communications Group, a national and international business facilitator, public relations, and crisis management firm. ...


Mazzeo went to police and claimed that if there were surveillance tapes for the garage, they would prove her allegations. The next day, police contacted the garage and were told that no tapes existed, whereupon Mazzeo decided to drop the charges. Tapes did exist, however. On October 25 Mazzeo held a press conference in which she claimed that some in Gibbons' camp had pressured her to drop the investigation, and that she would cooperate if the case were re-opened. On that same day, the real estate firm that managed the garage turned the tapes over to the police, and a few days later this became public. At that point, Mazzeo reinstated her complaint and the police resumed their investigation.[7]


On November 3rd, the Associated Press reported that a partial review of the surveillance tapes showed no attack, nor either Gibbons or Mazzeo, during the time in question. [8] Complicating the matter was not only the 11-day loss of "chain of custody", but the many ties that Gibbons has to the various parties involved: the real estate firm is a major supporter of Gibbons and held a fundraiser for him the night before the incident. Rogich, Gibbons' campaign manager and drinking partner that night, was previously a lobbyist for the real estate firm, and has a company that leases offices from the firm. Additionally, Gibbons and the Sheriff investigating the case, Bill Young, share the same lawyer, Don Campbell, and the case was initially heard by District Judge Douglas Herndon, who "owes his seat on the bench in part to Sig Rogich." [9] The chain of custody is a concept in jurisprudence which applies to the handling of evidence and its integrity. ...


On December 28, Clark County District Attorney David Roger announced that there was insufficient evidence to prove criminal charges and that the case was effectively closed.[10] Clark County is the name of several counties in the United States of America: Clark County, Arkansas Clark County, Idaho Clark County, Illinois Clark County, Indiana Clark County, Kansas Clark County, Kentucky Clark County, Missouri Clark County, Nevada Clark County, Ohio Clark County, South Dakota Clark County, Washington Clark County... A district attorney is, in some U.S. jurisdictions, the title of the local public official who represents the government in the prosecution of criminals. ...


Hiring of illegal immigrant

On October 25 2006, the Las Vegas CBS affiliate reported that an illegal immigrant from Peru was employed by the Gibbons family as a nanny.[5] The story came to light after the nanny, Martha Pastor-Sandoval, decided to speak out against Gibbons' anti-immigration views. This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... A nanny is defined as a childs nurse. The traditional nanny was a servant in a large household and reported directly to the lady of the house. ... Although opposition to immigration is a feature of all countries with immigration, the term nativism originated in American politics has a specific meaning. ...


Federal Contracts to Supporters

On November 1, 2006, the Wall Street Journal reported that Gibbons, as a Representative, had helped a software entrepreneur based in his district, Warren Trepp, to get federal contracts. Trepp's eTreppid Technologies has millions of dollars in classified federal software contracts from the Air Force, U.S. Special Operations Command and the Central Intelligence Agency. Trepp contributed nearly $100,000 to Gibbons' campaign for governor, and hosted Gibbons, his wife, and his son, on a weeklong Caribbean cruise in March 2005, including flying the three on a chartered plane back to Nevada. Gibbons failed to report the trip as a gift on his financial disclosure forms, or to request approval in advance as required by House rules. The Wall Street Journal is an influential international daily newspaper published in New York City, New York with an average daily circulation of 1,800,607 (2002). ...


Additionally, the Journal reported that according to sworn testimony in a civil lawsuit filed in February 2006 in federal court in Reno, Gibbons also got unreported gifts of cash and casino chips from Trepp. A former employee of Trepp's says Gibbons got about $400,000 in cash and casino chips. Gibbons and Trepp both deny that there were such payments to Gibbons.


Nevada law prohibits individuals or corporations from giving more than $10,000 to a candidate in a single election cycle. Gibbons said the campaign contributions to him, though nearly $100,000, didn't violate Nevada law because they came through different corporate entities owned by Trepp. [11][12]


On February 15, 2007 the Wall Street Journal followed up with more documents in the Gibbons/eTreppid case including two damning emails:RGJ


March 22, 2005 (Jale Trepp days before a Caribbean cruise with Gibbons)


"Please don’t forget to bring the money you promised Jim and Dawn,”


March 22, 2005 (Warren Trepp within minutes of receiving his wife's email)


"Don’t you ever send this kind of message to me! Erase this message from your computer right now!"


Gibbons continues to deny any wrongdoing while the FBI has confirmed an investigation is underway.


Governorship

Gibbons has created two groups to work on policy regarding the state budget and the K-16 educational system. It is his stated intention not to raise taxes, and to use public dollars efficiently for schools. [6]


On February 15, 2007 the Gibbons/eTreppid scandal came back into the headlines. (See entry in Federal Contract to Supporters)


Quotations

Wikiquote has a collection of quotations related to:
Jim Gibbons (United States politician)
  • "Tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing, hippie, tie-dyed liberals [in Hollywood should]… go make their movies and their music and whine somewhere else…. It's just too damn bad we didn't buy them a ticket [to become human shields in Iraq]." [13]
  • "Anybody who is against [corporate-funded celebrations] obviously must be a communist."[14]
  • "Look at the movie 'Wag the Dog, I think [the Lewinsky scandal] has all the elements of that movie. Our reaction to the embassy bombings should be based on sound, credible evidence, not a knee-jerk reaction to try to direct public attention away from his (Bill Clinton's) personal problems."[15]
  • "... I learned an important lesson, never to offer a helping hand to anybody ever again", following the alleged assault involving Chrissy Mazzeo in October of 2006.[7]
  • "I would have loved to have been the committee chairman and when the choice was made to go with Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.), of course that disappointed me...but as my mother would say, when one door closes, another opens up",[16] regarding Gibbons' non-selection for chair of the House Intelligence Committee, and the possibility that he could instead run for Governor.

Image File history File links Wikiquote-logo-en. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Wag the Dog (1997) is a film starring Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro and Anne Heche about a Washington spin doctor (De Niro) who distracts the electorate from a presidential sex scandal by hiring a Hollywood producer (Hoffman) to create a fake war. ... The Monica Lewinsky scandal was a political sex scandal emerging from a short-term sexual relationship between United States President Bill Clinton and a then 22-year-old White House intern, Monica Lewinsky. ... In the 1998 U.S. Embassy bombings (August 7, 1998), 257 people were killed and over 4,000 wounded in simultaneous car bomb explosions at the United States embassies in the East African capital cities of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Nairobi, Kenya. ... William Jefferson Bill Clinton (born William Jefferson Blythe III[1] on August 19, 1946) was the 42nd President of the United States, serving from 1993 to 2001. ... Peter (Pete) Hoekstra (born October 30, 1953) is an American politician from the U.S. state of Michigan. ... The U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is a committee of the United States House of Representatives, currently chaired by Peter Hoekstra. ...

References

  1. ^ Inaccuracy Fixed: Gibbons Mystified by Inaccurate Listing - Las Vegas Review Journal 5/19/06
  2. ^ Gibbons owes students, legislators apology - Reno Gazette Journal, 3/1/05
  3. ^ GOP senators wary of provision on federal land sales - GovExec.com 11/28/05
  4. ^ Thank You for Polluting - Seed Magazine
  5. ^ JIM GIBBONS’ ELKO SPEECH PLAGIARIZED - Nevada State Democractic Party news 3/3/05
  6. ^ Jeff German and Sam Skolnik. "Little seems secure about security tapes", Las Vegas Sun, November 2, 2006.
  7. ^ "A tale of the tapes", Las Vegas Sun, November 1, 2006.
  8. ^ [1]
  9. ^ Jeff German and Sam Skolnik. "One degree of separation among players around surveillance tapes", Las Vegas Sun, November 1, 2006.
  10. ^ Kathleen Hennessey. "DA won't prosecute Nevada governor-elect", Associated Press, December 28, 2006.
  11. ^ "Report looks at Gibbons' dealings with entrepreneur", Associated Press, November 2, 2006
  12. ^ Molly Ball, Steve Tetreault, and Ed Vogel, "Gibbons admits contract role: Republican helped software firm, accepted cruise from owner", Las Vegas Review-Journal, November 2, 2006
  13. ^ Demanding an Apology - Fox News 3/4/05
  14. ^ Corporate cash backs Bush inaugural bash - MSNBC, 1/19/05
  15. ^ Did Jim Gibbons Aid Al Qaida? - votegibbonsout.blog.com 3/31/04
  16. ^ Gibbons Mulls Bid For Governor - Reno Gazette Journal, 1/13/05

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Preceded by
Barbara Vucanovich
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nevada's 2nd congressional district

1997-2006
Succeeded by
Dean Heller
Preceded by
Kenny Guinn
Governor of Nevada
2007-
Succeeded by
Incumbent

 
 

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