Jim Gibbons
American politician
Jim Gibbons
James Arthur "Jim" Gibbons is an American politician. He served as the 28th Governor of the U.S. state of Nevada from 2007 to 2011. He is a former member of the United States House of Representatives, having served from 1997 to 2006. He is a member of the Republican Party.
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Looking for Work? Come to Goodwill's Career Fair
Yahoo News - almost 2 years
ROCKVILLE, Md., May 1, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Goodwill agencies across the United States and Canada will host career fairs on May 3-9 as part of Goodwill Industries Week. This year's career fairs will include 400 events in 158 cities, and include job opportunities in the following sectors: finance, healthcare, hospitality, retail, and other high growth industries. As North America's leading nonprofit provider of job placement, training and other community-based services, Goodwill® is helping people overcome challenges that prevent them from finding and keeping good jobs. "It's not enough that some people are finding work — we want all job seekers to have success," said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International.
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Goodwill® Joins The Giving Tuesday Movement
Yahoo News - about 3 years
"Goodwill has been changing lives through job training, employment placement and other services for more than a century," said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International.
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Goodwill® Honors Veterans By Offering Holistic Programs For Successful Re-Entry To Civilian Life
Yahoo News - over 3 years
Currently, there are more than 22 million veterans who have reintegrated back into our society since World War I, according to the U.S. Veterans Administration. For many, that integration has proven difficult because of physical and emotional disabilities, lack of skills for the current labor market, challenges in communicating military skills into civilian work skills and various non-work-related challenges like lack of access to health care, child care and housing. The 158 local Goodwill agencies across the United States work with veterans and military family members to ensure their specific challenges are addressed.   "When veterans approach Goodwill for help in finding jobs, many are surprised to find that the support offered extends beyond resume help and job coaching," said Jim Gibbons, president and CEO of Goodwill Industries International.
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Jim Gibbons: Let's Give Veterans Something to Celebrate Next Labor Day
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Labor Day was instituted to commemorate the economic and social contributions of U.S. workers. Most of us see the three-day holiday weekend as a much-needed break from work, and a time to relax with family and friends. But for the thousands of veterans still struggling to find jobs, the holiday has little meaning. Recent statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) show that veteran unemployment rates are improving, yet the numbers don't paint the full picture. Some subgroups of veterans -- such as females, and those aged 18-24 -- still experience higher rates of unemployment than non-veterans. The latest data on the youngest veterans, who account for just over seven percent of post-9/11 veterans -- have similar limitations. Their unemployment rate was 18.5 percent, 3 percent higher than non-veterans in that age group, and even if this isn't statistically significant, it is still critical to get these men and women into good-paying jobs so that they can provide ...
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Jim Gibbons: I'm Gonna Pop Some Tags: Top 10 Pop Culture Moments That Made Thrift Chic
Huffington Post - over 3 years
There was a time, not all that long ago, when thrift stores and consignment shops were seen exclusively as the domain of penny-pinching grandmas. But over the past three decades a combination of vintage mania, rising environmental consciousness, and a new respect for the thrill of bargain hunting have made thrifting a verb--and a cool one at that. Now everyone from rap stars to royalty is spotted rocking the secondhand look, and Macklemore's fanciful frolic through a Seattle Goodwill store became one of the most-watched music videos of the past year. Below is a list of the top 10 all-time pop culture moments that made reused clothing the new couture.
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Jim Gibbons: A Call to Arms: Helping Female Veterans Find Jobs
Huffington Post - over 3 years
Did you know that there are now more than 20 million military veterans living in the United States? When you imagine their faces, you probably picture two distinct groups: the now-aging men who served in WWII, Vietnam and other conflicts, and the fresh-faced young people returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. But there's something you may have forgotten to include in that image: for every 10 people returning from Iraq and Afghanistan, there is one woman. Women make up a large part of our armed forces and are serving in combat. Like their male counterparts, many women veterans struggle to transition back into civilian life, facing homelessness, PTSD, issues with child care, effects from sexual trauma endured while in the military, lack of licensing or credentialing, and many other challenges that can quite significantly impede their paths to economic self-sufficiency. One particular struggle women veterans face is that of finding employment to support themselves and their fami ...
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Jim Gibbons: Thrifting Across America
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
Now is the time of thrift. As the economic paradigm is shifting rapidly toward reuse and repurpose, more individuals are frequenting thrift establishments like Goodwill for bargains. What has always been a financially conscious and environmentally friendly choice is now becoming cool, as evidenced in part through Macklemore's Billboard-topping song, "Thrift Shop." The numbers support this trend. According to USA Today, approximately 20 percent of consumers regularly shop at thrift stores, compared with 14 percent in 2008. And, according to the Association of Resale Professionals, the industry has grown 7 percent each year for the past two years. Many thrift shoppers are teenagers looking for affordable and unique finds to fill their closets. Instead of running the risk of wearing the same department store outfit as a classmate, teenagers are instead turning to thrift stores like Goodwill to maintain fashionable looks without high-fashion price tags. My son is a prime exa ...
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Jim Gibbons: More Than Bottles and Cans: Five Ways to Reduce, Reuse and Recycle on America Recycles Day
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Yesterday marked America Recycles Day, the only nationally recognized day dedicated to promoting and celebrating recycling in the United States. Organized by Keep America Beautiful, America Recycles Day is a time for each of us to think about our level of personal waste and to consider ways to reduce it. Every year since 1980, the rate of Americans who recycle has increased. And, as most of us know by now, recycling is about more than just bottles, cans, newspapers and magazines, although recycling all of those is important! New innovations -- along with some tried and true methods -- allow us to easily recycle more than just those items required by law. Today, think about what you can do to decrease your own environmental impact and make the "reduce, reuse and recycle" mantra a part of your daily routine. Here are five ways to get started: 1. Recycle Computers: Don't just leave your used laptops in the closet, and certainly don't discard them. The Dell Reconnect partne ...
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Jim Gibbons: Heroes on the Homefront
Huffington Post - over 4 years
"I thought that because I'm a veteran... employers would be receptive to hiring me," says Latonya Thomas. "But I got out of the military at a time when the economy was melting down and people were losing their jobs. Not only did I have to compete with other veterans, but I also had to compete with civilians who had years of experience, and possibly had better or more skills than I had." Latonya is one of the first veterans to share her story through Homefront Chats on YouTube, a new feature from Goodwill's Operation: good jobs program, which empowers military veterans to find employment, advance in their careers and ensure long-term financial stability for their families. Watch her full story here: Unfortunately, Latonya's story is not unique; she is just one of millions with similar stories. Veterans Day is a good time for each of us to think about how we can help heroes like Latonya make that difficult transition from service overseas to life at home. There are mor ...
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Jim Gibbons: Goodwill Helps the Next Generation Open Doors to Success
Huffington Post - over 4 years
There is a new commercial running in the United States that shows a series of students opening their college acceptance letters. It's heartwarming to witness their anxiety turn to joy as they realize that the door has opened to the next chapter in their lives. At Goodwill, we are privileged to witness such joyous reactions every day. Each time a person who thought they could never find work receives a job offer and the door to a better life opens, we rejoice. It is important to have jobs in our society; not only do jobs provide our livelihood, they help ground us, give us purpose and provide us with a network through which we can build friendships and discover new opportunities. Often, our jobs define our sense of worth. For too many Americans, though, the benefits of having jobs remain elusive. This is why we at Goodwill use a variety of tools when working with folks looking for their first or next jobs. Since every person is different -- with unique skills and ta ...
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Jim Gibbons: Millions of Americans Still Need Pathways to Employment
Huffington Post - over 4 years
Lately, news reports have indicated slight improvements and declines in the U.S. economy, but the circumstances facing millions of Americans have remained the same for too long. U.S. unemployment has remained stagnant, and job opportunities either don't match the skills of job seekers, or people simply don't live where opportunities exist. The barriers between people who are unemployed and job placement seem insurmountable. We see this every day at Goodwill®. More than 4 million people came to us last year for face-to-face and virtual services that helped them gain skills and supports so they could get back in the workforce and support their families. Goodwill has extensive experience helping people navigate our current economic reality. In fact, every 38 seconds of every business day, someone earns a job with the help of Goodwill. Our success is grounded in our "people first" philosophy, and achieved through our "employment first" approach. At Goodwill, we believe in th ...
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No decision yet on library hub plans
Bearsden Herald - over 4 years
Council chiefs were remaining tight-lipped this week over proposals to create community hubs in Milngavie and Bearsden. East Dunbartonshire Council has unveiled plans to build the ‘one-stop-shops’ across the district over the next few years, providing local access to council services. Work began earlier this month on a community hub at Kirkintilloch’s William Patrick Library. However, the move has sparked outrage, with library users claiming they had not been consulted and fears the community hub will reduce library space. More than 1,400 people signed a petition. Concerns had been raised that the new hubs would be created in Milngavie Library and Brookwood Library in Bearsden. However, council leader Rhondda Geekie and Milngavie councillor Jim Gibbons say NO decision on the location of the hubs has been made. Councillor Gibbons said: “The council has voted for the hub initiatives generally, but no final decision has been made on where they will be located. “I feel the consul ...
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Pat Walsh: Philanthropic Thought Leaders Help Award the Greatest Charitable Achievements Worldwide
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
StayClassy is proud to announce the inaugural Leadership Council for the 4th Annual CLASSY Awards. The Leadership Council is a unique group comprised of top philanthropic and social leaders from around the world. This represents one of the first times that a diverse group of leaders from all facets of the nonprofit sector have gathered together to recognize the greatest charitable impact and social innovations worldwide. "I have had the honor of attending the CLASSY Awards for the past two years, and have had the opportunity to experience first-hand the incredible platform they have created which recognizes amazing charitable efforts all over the world," said Adam Garone, Co-Founder and CEO of Movember. "I am truly honored and humbled to be part of the CLASSY Awards Leadership Council, made up of a team of remarkable and inspiring individuals." Serving as the democratic voice of the CLASSY Awards, the Leadership Council brings great depth and expertise to the judging pr ...
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Local elections latest - massive win for Independent Cumming, joy for Labour and misery for Tories
Bearsden Herald - almost 5 years
INDEPENDENT Duncan Cumming scored a stunning victory in Bearsden North. The former LibDem romped home, finishing almost 1000 votes ahead of his nearest challenger. However, there was misery for the Tories after candidate Amanda Stewart missed out, with the two others elected being the LibDems’ Ashay Ghai and the SNP’s Ian Mackay. The result is the Conservatives’ second wipe-out in Milngavie and Bearsden after Bill Binks was chopped from the Milngavie ward. There, long standing councillors Eric Gotts and Jim Gibbons were elected to East Dunbartonshire Council - and they were be joined by Labour’s Maureen Henry. It was a good day for Labour locally, as Manjinder Shergill was elected in Bearsden South - becoming Bearsden’s first ever Labour councillor. He was joined by the LibDems’ Vaughan Moody and the SNP’s Keith Small, the Kilmardinny development campaigner who will be another new face at Tom Johnston House. The Bearsden South and Milngavie results will be seen as a triumph for ...
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GOP Veepstakes Tournament – Round #1
Oregon Catalyst - almost 5 years
by Brendan Monaghan Your chance to vote for who you want for GOP running-mate Hello and welcome to The Oregon Catalyst’s Veepstakes Tournament Selection Show! One of the sixty-four names in the four surveys below will be selected as Mitt Romney’s running-mate against Barack Obama and Joe Biden- and here is your opportunity to voice who it should be! In the course of time, we’ll whittle down the field until only one candidate remains: your choice for who should be Mitt’s choice! Before we begin, here is a quick explanation of the rules: A panel of experts selected sixty-four Republicans across the country. Each of the 49 states that are not the home state of Mitt Romney received an automatic bid in the field, plus one automatic bid for commonwealths, territories, islands, and the District of Columbia. The remaining fourteen bids were allocated at large. The sixty-four were then assembled in to four geographic regions most suitable to their states. Finally, they were seeded 1- ...
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Jim Gibbons: Health Care Jobs: There's Something for Everyone
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
As the head of the leading nonprofit provider of employment in North America, it is imperative that I stay up to date on jobs in emerging and high-demand industries -- especially in this down economy. One trend that has not diminished over time is the demand for professionals in the health care industry. In fact, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, 10 of the 20 fastest growing occupations in the United States are health care related. Despite the high demand, most job seekers who may want jobs in health care don't know where to begin. In addition, there are misconceptions about health care jobs such as all jobs require you to deal extensively with patients and people, that all jobs are in hospitals, and many others. That is where Goodwill® can help. Using the revenue earned from the sale of donated goods, Goodwill provides job training and social services to connect people with training and opportunities to earn in-demand jobs in their communities. While some health ...
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Road works will uncork bottleneck
Bearsden Herald - almost 5 years
COUNCILLORS welcomed the start of road improvements on a notorious bottleneck this week after a six month delay. The work, costing £185,000, will see parking bays and a footpath on Hunter Road, Milngavie, first proposed in autumn last year, but delayed because of land transfer issues over the footpath. The work is now expected to be completed by mid-summer and received cross-party support from the three Milngavie councillors for the area. Provost Eric Gotts, said: “I am delighted that this project has been undertaken, and once complete, it will be a win-win situation for the local residents, motorist and pedestrians alike.” Councillor Gotts recognised there had been a delay, explaining: “The improvement had been in the pipeline for some time, but the challenging financial pressures and complex land transfer arrangements have delayed it until now.” He also welcomed the fact that council did not have to go down the path of compulsory purchase orders which he reckoned would have mean ...
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Jim Gibbons: Tell Congress to Stand Up for Older Workers
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
We believe that every older American deserves the chance to live independently through the power of work.
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Jim Gibbons: Given Right Opportunities, Our Youth Will Shine
Huffington Post - about 5 years
Imagine you're 18 years old and living in a shelter with your mom. While on your way to work, your boss calls. She says you've been selected to speak on a panel at the White House. Oh, and surprise -- you're on in four hours!
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Jim Gibbons
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2012
    Age 67
    Mr. Nielsen assumed the Executive Director's duties on July 1, 2012.
    More Details Hide Details Mr. Nielsen was previously a Deputy Director of the Tax Department and was also an Acting Director after the termination of Dino DiCianno. Mr. Nielsen was in the position of Acting Director for several months prior to the appointment of William Chissel as Executive Director.
  • 2010
    Age 65
    On September 21, 2010, Gibbons fell off and was kicked by a horse, resulting in a broken pelvis.
    More Details Hide Details Surgeons implanted temporary ten-inch and eight-inch (203 mm) bolts to assist in the healing, and Gibbons was forced to conduct official business via telephone conferences in a rehabilitation center in Reno.
    In its April 2010 report, Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), a progressive organization, named Gibbons one of 11 "worst governors" in the United States because of various ethics issues throughout Gibbons term as governor and his time in Congress.
    More Details Hide Details Some of Gibbons' ethics lapses cited by CREW include: In January 2007, Gibbons asked Nevada lawmakers to approve his budget that cut the percentage of education funding in Nevada to increase the percentage for public safety and human services programs. In 2008, Gibbons suggested that the Nevada legislature cut the state general fund budget for elementary, secondary and higher education by 14% (this does not include federal or local revenues, or funds for construction or teacher pensions). Jim Rogers, Nevada Chancellor for Education, founder of the Intermountain West Communications Company and station owner of KSNV, said of the budget cuts, "We’re talking about something that is going to cripple us financially and competitively. The effects will be felt on our economy for the next 50 to 100 years." Gibbons pledged during his 1996 campaign for governor to not impose new taxes on businesses or individuals in Nevada. Gibbons broke his tax pledge on several occasions. The state's Business Tax on employer's payrolls which was initiated in 1992 was increased under Gibbon's term and renamed the "Modified Business Tax". Various mandatory fees and licenses administered by the Nevada Department of Taxation were also significantly increased under Gibbon's term. Most particularly was the State of Nevada's yearly business license fee. This license fee was doubled from $100.00 to $200.00. Due to the additional tax burden of the increased Modified Business Tax on Nevada's small businesses during a downward business cycle, this tax was readjusted to a lesser rate by the 2011 Nevada legislative session during the leadership of Governor Brian Sandoval who later broke his promises on not raising fees and taxes in 2015.
    The Nevada Department of Taxation closed the Elko, Nevada tax office in June 2010 in response to the requested cuts.
    More Details Hide Details On November 21, 2007, Gibbons revised his proposal upward for cutting state budgets. Nevada agencies were then told to plan for 8% cuts. In 2008, Gibbons suggested that the Nevada legislature cut the state budget for elementary, secondary and higher education by 14%., Jim Rogers, Nevada Chancellor for Education, said of the budget cuts, "We’re talking about something that is going to cripple us financially and competitively. The effects will be felt on our economy for the next 50 to 100 years." The Nevada Policy Research Institute criticized the governor's office for the budget, when the administration claimed that the state was facing a crisis, despite a 1% decrease in state spending.
    During an April 23, 2010, debate for the Republican gubernatorial primary, Gibbons further confused his actual stance on Yucca Mountain by taking positions both favoring and opposing the federal waste dump over a two-minute period of time. "Gibbons then said he believed nuclear waste can be transported safely and that 'I can tell you, you can store it safely.'" However, when questioned by the moderator, Gibbons said he supported shutting down the Yucca Mountain facility.
    More Details Hide Details In August 2007, Governor Gibbons attempted to obtain reimbursement for the health care of Mexican nationals from the Mexican government. He did not succeed. In October 2007, Gibbons proposed cutting funding for state services by 5% and ordered state agencies to submit lists of the services to be cut. Among the state agencies that were ordered to cut their budgets were the Nevada System of Higher Education, Nevada Department of Taxation, child welfare agencies and the juvenile justice agency. Gibbons expected an 80 million dollar cut to come directly from the Health and Human services agency alone. Most of these agencies refused to submit revised budgets to Governor Gibbons, citing already "threadbare" budgets.
    On June 9, 2010, he lost the Republican nomination for his re-election bid to former federal judge Brian Sandoval—who went on to win the general election and become the 29th Governor of Nevada.
    More Details Hide Details Upon leaving office his official portrait, painted by artist Michele Rushworth was unveiled and installed at the state capitol in Carson City, Nevada. In July 2007, Gibbons approved a plan to let the U.S. Department of Energy use the state's water to explore the planned Yucca Mountain nuclear waste site. According to the Las Vegas Sun, "Neither Gibbons nor his aides have offered public explanations for the governor’s perplexing moves. In particular, they have not explained how giving federal authorities more time to build a case for Yucca Mountain or appointing a Yucca advocate to the nuclear projects board could possibly be interpreted as being in line with the state’s opposition to the plan." Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) said "this amounts to surrendering in Nevada's decades-long fight against the project". Rep. Shelley Berkley (D-NV) said “This demonstrates to me that he either doesn’t know what he’s doing or he’s reversed his position.”
    Gibbons has been the subject of a number of scandals and controversies, both professional and personal, that caused speculation that he would not seek a second term as governor. Gibbons did file for re-election in March 2010.
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    In January 2010, the couple negotiated and completed an out-of-court divorce agreement. The divorce was finalized on July 21, 2010.
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  • 2009
    Age 64
    Gibbons' dedication to his office was called into question again six months later. On April 2, 2009, while appearing before a legislative panel to promote his renewable energy bill, Gibbons pulled out his cellphone and began texting.
    More Details Hide Details News stories used this incident to revisit the 860 messages he sent to his alleged paramour, and a 37-second video of him introducing himself to the panel, with a 17-second break in order to send the text message and refocus on the hearing was posted on YouTube. Polling conducted in June 2008 indicated an all-time low 10% approval rating, with 59% disapproving. Prior to running for Governor of Nevada, Gibbons signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge (tax pledge) that is promoted at the national level by Americans for Tax Reform and at the state level by Citizen Outreach PAC—whose CEO is Chuck Muth. On at least three separate occasions, Americans for Tax Reform and/or Muth took Gibbons to task for breaking the tax pledge. Each time, in addition to the actual violation of the pledge, they had to correct the record about Gibbons' "misinformation", "fibs", "falsehoods" and "doublespeak".
    By 2009, the alleged victim had filed a civil suit against Jim Gibbons, specifically alleging battery, false imprisonment and second-degree kidnapping as well as deceit about the episode.
    More Details Hide Details The lawsuit was settled in July 2013 for $50,000.
    On April 6, 2009, a judge in Washoe County Family Court ordered the records of the divorce proceedings unsealed. Dawn's papers alleged that Jim was unfaithful with Durant and with the woman who received the 860 messages and "has had similar relationships with many other women during the marriage". She also referenced her humiliation at standing beside him when her husband attempted to defend himself from allegations of attempted sexual assault shortly before the 2006 election.
    More Details Hide Details See "sexual assault allegation" below. Jim Gibbons' divorce filings stated that he wanted his wife out of the Governor's Mansion because she was aggressive: "It was once said in another context that being in close quarters with such a volatile person was like being locked in a phone booth with an enraged ferret".
  • 2008
    Age 63
    While the state faced an economic slowdown and steep budget cuts, Gibbons faced criticism from officials for spending less time at his office. The Las Vegas Sun reviewed Gibbons’ attendance and discovered that he was only in his Capitol office five days in August 2008 and never for a full eight hours.
    More Details Hide Details In September, he was in his office a total of seven days. In an interview with Las Vegas Sun reporters, Gibbons said “I never knew this job had a time frame on it that requires me to be sitting behind a desk at a certain hour.” He also said that he works about 60 hours a week for the state. Previous Nevada governors were also interviewed and they said that they felt it was necessary that they spent most of their time in the office.
    On May 2, 2008, Gibbons filed for divorce, citing grounds of incompatibility stemming from an undisclosed event in Reno, Nevada and requesting the court to determine whether Gibbons or his wife would live at the governor's mansion.
    More Details Hide Details In April 2009, Gibbons was living in Reno; his wife, Dawn, remained in the governor's mansion in Carson City. An 1866 state law requires that governor must "keep his office and reside at the seat of government". A spokesman for Gibbons described the move by the governor back to the couple's Reno home, which they had owned since 1989, as a temporary situation and said there was no violation of the law. By April 2009, Dawn was living in an apartment near the mansion rather than in it. Divorce proceedings were stayed upon agreement of living separately pending the suit. Dawn accused Jim of "infatuation and involvement with the wife of a Reno doctor”, but he stated the woman is just a friend. In March–April 2007, he sent 860 text messages in one month to the woman. He later reimbursed the state $130 for the cost of the messages. In June 2008, he was seen with former Playboy model Leslie Durant at the Reno Rodeo. Durant is particularly prominent not solely because of her nude Playboy appearance, because she was once married to Pete Sferrazza, the former mayor of Reno.
  • 2007
    Age 62
    In 2007, Gibbons and his wife Dawn purchased of land in the ranch country near Lamoille, Nevada, approximately 20 miles South of Elko, Nevada.
    More Details Hide Details The land belonged to former Nevada Judge Jerry Carr Whitehead. The Elko County Assessor said he felt pressure from the governor, governor's lawyer and a member of the Nevada Tax Commission to lower the tax liability. Under state law, such an agricultural tax break goes only to legitimate farm and ranch operations, and must generate at least $5,000 a year in income. If such a land is developed by million-dollar homes, property taxes would go up. "To say I was put in an awkward position I think is an understatement", Joe Aguirre, a Republican, told The Associated Press in 2008. The opinion page of the Las Vegas Review-Journal said on the allegations that the deal might constitute fraud. Aguirre later admitted that his previous statements were made up on the Las Vegas Sun saying that he wasn't pressured into Gibbons tax break by Gibbons himself.
    On February 15, 2007, the Journal reported that Gibbons was under federal investigation for allegedly accepting unreported gifts and/or payments from Trepp in exchange for official acts while he served in Congress (1997–2007).
    More Details Hide Details According to reports, on March 22, 2005, days before Trepp and his wife left for the Caribbean cruise with Gibbons and his family, Jalé Trepp, Warren’s wife, sent a reminder to her husband. It said, “Please don't forget to bring the money you promised Jim and Dawn (Gibbons).” Minutes later, Trepp responded, “Don't you ever send this kind of message to me! Erase this message from your computer right now!” Gibbons was cleared in each of these investigations. The ethics probe into Gibbons expanded to include another company that paid Gibbons' wife Dawn $35,000 in consulting fees in 2004, while Gibbons helped the company receive a no-bid federal contract. The U.S. Attorney for Nevada at time of the investigation was Daniel Bogden and was one of seven federal prosecutors dismissed by the Bush administration in December 2006. Bogden was hired by the same administration in September 2001.
  • 2006
    Age 61
    Gibbons set up a legal defense fund just before the November, 2006 gubernatorial election to help pay for legal expenses incurred after a woman accused him of attempted sexual assault.
    More Details Hide Details Gibbons neither reported the legal defense fund to the appropriate U.S. House of Representatives committee (even though he was a sitting congressman at the time and was required by House rules to do so), nor did he report donations to his legal defense fund as contributions to his gubernatorial campaign, citing the money was for "personal use" and not for "political purposes". In January 2008, it was reported that Gibbons raised $256,000 for his legal defense fund during 2007, including a $61,000 personal loan Gibbons gave to his own fund, as well as $10,000 from The Palms hotel and casino, and $40,000 from various companies connected to Las Vegas Sands Corporation Chief Executive Sheldon Adelson. The defense fund has spent money to defend Gibbons in cases which include: On August 3, 2007, the Las Vegas Review Journal printed the following:
    On November 1, 2006, the Wall Street Journal published a story stating that Gibbons had earmarked several millions of dollars to a company owned by Warren Trepp, as well as added additional funds to a pre-existing government contract with Trepp's company.
    More Details Hide Details The report noted that Trepp had paid for a $10,000 cruise for Gibbons and his wife, which Gibbons failed to report in his U.S. House of Representatives ethics filings, and $100,000 in campaign contributions. Dennis L. Montgomery, a former Trepp business partner, claimed that Gibbons was also given gambling chipsconvertible into cashand cash directly.
    In October 2006, near the conclusion of his successful campaign for governor, a woman accused Jim Gibbons of attempted sexual assault in a parking garage.
    More Details Hide Details Gibbons claimed he was helping her to her car. They both admitted to drinking alcohol at McCormick and Schmick's restaurant in Las Vegas. In the initial aftermath of the event, Las Vegas Sheriff Bill Young, a long time supporter of Jim Gibbons and donor to his gubernatorial campaign, cited lack of evidence in the case and refused to bring evidence of the attack to the District Attorney. The accuser did not initially want to pursue pressing charges, saying she just wanted "to be left alone." But when the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department was forced to open the incident case file after inquiries by the Las Vegas media, the Las Vegas Review Journal and the Las Vegas Sun released her name and she was thrust into the public eye. She later said she was being pressured to not talk to the police about the incident by people close to Jim Gibbons. In fact, the Gibbons campaign hired a private investigator to talk to the woman shortly after the incident occurred.
    In response to the 2006 revelations, Jim Gibbons' campaign issued a statement accusing Democratic candidate Dina Titus of fomenting the controversy to distract from the real issues of the race, but did not issue a denial of Sandoval's claims.
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    As Gibbons was campaigning for governor in October 2006, it was brought to light that more than ten years earlier, his wife Dawn had employed Martha Patricia Pastor Sandoval, a then-illegal immigrant from Peru, as a housekeeper and babysitter. Since the Nannygate matter of 1993, politicians have been deeply concerned about the impact of such revelations on their careers. Dawn, who had become a member of the Nevada Assembly in 1998, denied the allegations in 2006, claiming that Sandoval had merely been a friend who had helped out around the house and was given clothing and household goods, but was not an employee.
    More Details Hide Details An employment contract between Dawn Gibbons and Sandoval, however, appeared to disprove that assertion, as it clearly laid out the terms and conditions of Sandoval's hiring. Documents filed during Sandoval's 1988 application for working papers also contradicted earlier statements by Dawn Gibbons that the family had not known that the woman was in the United States illegally. Sandoval stated that she was employed from approximately 1987 to 1993, four years before Gibbons left for Washington in 1997, after his 1996 election as a Congressman and five years before Dawn Gibbons became a state legislator. Sandoval also stated that she was asked to hide in the basement and refrain from answering doors at certain times in order to ensure that her illegal status did not become public knowledge and jeopardize Gibbons' political career.
  • 2005
    Age 60
    A speech given in February 2005 by then-Congressman Gibbons in Elko, Nevada, was plagiarized from a copyrighted speech delivered in 2003 by then-Alabama State Auditor Beth Chapman at a "Stand up America" rally.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2004
    Age 59
    Gibbons announced in late 2004 that he would not run for a sixth term in the U.S. House of Representatives in 2006, instead opting to run for Governor of Nevada.
    More Details Hide Details He won the August 15, 2006, Republican 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") he faced Democratic nominee Dina Titus, who was the Minority Leader in the Nevada State Senate. Gibbons received 278,984 votes to Titus's 255,675. Titus won Clark County, Nevada's most populous, but Gibbons won 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". Gibbons resigned his House seat on New Year's Eve, and was sworn in as governor just after midnight on New Year's Day, a highly irregular event in Nevada history. Many believe Gibbons did this in order to undo a late term appointment to the position of Nevada's Gaming Control Board Chairman by his predecessor, Governor Kenny Guinn.
  • 2002
    Age 57
    Gibbons served as vice chairman of the House Resources Committee, and he was a member of the Armed Services Committee, the Homeland Security Committee and the Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. His long-time congressional Chief of Staff, Michael Dayton, was replaced in 2002 by legislative director Robert Uithoven.
    More Details Hide Details Uithoven served on Gibbons' staff for many years, including four years as chief of staff. He later served as campaign manager for Gibbons' successful 2006 Gubernatorial campaign. Uithoven was not given a gubernatorial position. His predecessor, Michael Dayton, was named as the governor's top aide.
  • 1998
    Age 53
    He was reelected four times with no substantive opposition, including a 1998 run in which he faced no major-party opposition.
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    She herself was elected to the Nevada State Assembly in 1998, two years after Jim Gibbons was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
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  • 1995
    Age 50
    In 1995, Dawn Gibbons filed a police complaint against Sandoval, alleging that she was attempting to extort money by threatening to go to the media with a story involving her illegal employment.
    More Details Hide Details Jim and Dawn Gibbons did not pursue the matter further.
  • FORTIES
  • 1994
    Age 49
    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 Democratic incumbent Bob Miller, having received 156,875 votes to Miller's 200,026. In 1996, Barbara Vucanovich, the only representative that the 2nd District had known since Nevada was split into districts in 1983, announced her retirement.
    More Details Hide Details Gibbons won a crowded eight-way Republican primary—the real contest in this heavily Republican district—and breezed to victory in November.
  • 1989
    Age 44
    Gibbons served in the Nevada State Assembly from 1989 to 1993, during which time he and his Nevada Air National Guard unit was called to active service in the U.S. Air Force for the Gulf War.
    More Details Hide Details During this period, he served as a pilot and Flight Leader flying the RF-4C Phantom II reconnaissance aircraft. During the conflict, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for extraordinary achievement while participating in a mission in which he flew his unarmed aircraft on a reconnaissance mission to acquire politically sensitive imagery of enemy targets in Kuwait.
  • 1985
    Age 40
    Gibbons has been married twice and has three children. He married Dawn Gibbons in 1985; they have a son, born in 1987.
    More Details Hide Details Dawn Gibbons did not move to Washington to live with her husband while he served in Congress, saying she preferred to raise their son in Nevada.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1975
    Age 30
    A graduate of the U.S. Air Force Air Command and Staff College and the Air War College, he joined the Nevada Air National Guard in 1975 and served as its vice commander from 1990 to 1996, participating in the first Gulf War.
    More Details Hide Details 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 nonpracticing Latter-day Saint.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1944
    Born
    Born on December 16, 1944.
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