Sandoval Names Michonne Ascuaga to Nevada Gaming Commission, Reappoints Patricia Mulroy


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Mari N. St. Martin
Communications Director
(775) 684-5670
Carson City, NV - April 27, 2015

Governor Brian Sandoval announced today the appointment of Michonne Ascuaga and the reappointment of Patricia Mulroy to the Nevada Gaming Commission. Ascuaga will take the place of retiring Commissioner Joe Brown, effective immediately.

“I would like to thank Joe for his service to the state, his experience and expertise will be missed on the Commission,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “Joe brought a wealth of knowledge and served as a fair and thoughtful Commissioner as the gaming industry navigated exceptional times.”

Commissioner Joe Brown has served on the Gaming Commission since 2009 and was most recently reappointed by Governor Sandoval in 2013. Michonne Ascuaga will fill the remainder of his term which lasts until April 2017.

“Michonne Ascuaga will bring a depth of experience and understanding of this unique industry to the Nevada Gaming Commission,” Governor Sandoval said. “I am pleased that she has accepted this new role and greatly value her willingness to step into public service at a critical time for the gaming community. I am confident that she will be an effective regulator and important voice on the Commission.”

“I have worked in gaming all of my life and am honored to be appointed to such a prestigious board,” said Michonne Ascuaga. “As a former licensee for over a decade, I hold a deep respect for the Commission and look forward to this new challenge as an industry regulator.”

Michonne Ascuaga served as Chief Executive Officer of John Ascuaga’s Nugget located in Sparks, NV since 1997. She originally started working at age 13 as a front desk clerk and continued to work her way up staying in the family business until December of 2013. Ascuaga is an active member of her community and currently serves as Chairman of the Washoe K-12 Education Foundation. She resides in Reno, NV with her husband and daughter.

Commissioner Patricia Mulroy has served on the Gaming Commission since 2014 having replaced Peter Bernhard. She has been reappointed to a four year term.

“Pat has continued to demonstrate exceptional leadership skills and has served on the board with integrity and stability,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. “She has made an excellent Commissioner bringing a unique perspective and appreciation for Nevada’s largest industry. I am pleased to reappoint her to the Commission.”

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my experience serving as a regulator and am grateful that Governor Sandoval has decided to continue entrusting me with this honor,” Mulroy said. “I remain committed to serving with the dignity which Governor Sandoval expects from all of his appointments and look forward to welcoming our newest member, Michonne Ascuaga.”

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