When Randy Kirner decided not to seek re-election to represent Nevada’s Assembly District 26, Lisa Krasner saw an opening. Krasner, the first person in her family to attend a four-year university and receive a law degree, was teaching political science courses at a local community college when she decided on making a change.
“I have always been actively involved in my community and have volunteered for many non-profit boards and commissions over the years,” said Krasner. “I heard so many people say that they do not feel that their elected representatives actually represent them. I wanted to change that, so I ran for office.”
Elected to represent District 26 - which includes parts of Reno - in November 2016, Krasner was named to the Corrections, Parole and Probation; Education; Judiciary; Natural Resources; and Agricultural/Mining Committees.
One specific issue Krasner is currently working on is extending the statute of limitations for child victims of sexual abuse. “When the Nevada Legislature had a hearing on the bill, the judiciary room was packed with adults who testified that they were sexually molested as children,” said Krasner. “Studies show that most people wait 18 to 21 years to disclose the abuse that occurred; many never tell because of shame or fear.” Additionally, as a commissioner on the State of Nevada Commission on Aging and Disability, Krasner hopes to craft legislation designed to help senior citizens.
As a college educator with over 10 years of experience teaching introductory political science courses, Krasner brings a unique style of governance and policymaking. “The Bill of Rights guarantees and ensures individual rights and liberties for all U.S. citizens. I always look to the Constitution as my guide when voting on legislation, and my ultimate goal is to represent the people in their government.”
Encouraging more women to seek public office at all levels is something that is very important to Assemblywoman Krasner: “I would encourage young women to shoot for the sky and dream big. The secret to success is hard work, there is no substitute. Going to college is a great way to learn new things and expand your horizons.”
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