State of Nevada Executive Order - Executive Department

EXECUTIVE ORDER 2016-03 

ORDERING FLAGS TO HALF STAFF

WHEREAS, there are certain individuals in the history of the State of Nevada whose character and conviction transcend political divides and inspire us all to make Nevada a better place to live and raise our children, and Nevada State Senator Debbie Smith was such a person;

WHEREAS, Senator Smith was born on January 14, 1956, and devoted her life to public service and improving education in Nevada;

WHEREAS, Senator Smith was first elected to the Nevada State Assembly in 2000, and after serving numerous terms in the Assembly was later elected to the Nevada State Senate in 2012;

WHEREAS, in addition to serving in positions of leadership within the Nevada State Legislature, Senator Smith throughout her career has served on many boards and worked with groups to help children, including the Lander County School Board, the Girl Scots of Sierra Nevada, and the Northern Nevada Children's Cancer Foundation, and she was also a President of the Nevada Parent Teacher Association;

WHEREAS, Senator Smith passed away on Sunday, February 21, 2016, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family and loved ones;

WHEREAS, Nevada has lost one of its finest public servants, but Senator Smith's legacy of service, courage, and the extraordinary work she has done to improve the lives of all Nevadans will live on for generations to come; and

WHEREAS, Article 5, Section 1 of the Nevada Constitution provides: "The supreme executive power of this State, shall be vested in a Chief Magistrate who shall be Governor of the State of Nevada."

NOW, THEREFORE, by the authority vested in me as Governor by the Constitution and laws of the State of Nevada and the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows:
The flags of the United States and the State of Nevada shall be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol and State public buildings and grounds until sunset on Sunday, February 28, 2016, as a mark of respect and in remembrance of Senator Debbie Smith.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 23rd day of  February, in the year two thousand  sixteen.

Official Nevada State Seal          Signatures of Governor Brian Sandoval, Barbara Cegaske & Scott Anderson