Steve Sisolak Biography

Steve Sisolak is a successful American businessman, coalition builder, and problem solver. He’s the incumbent governor of Nevada and has been serving as Nevada’s 30th governor since 2019 with his current term ending on January 2, 2023.

Steve Sisolak succeeds Brian Sandoval and becomes the first Democrat to become governor of Nevada since Bob Miller left office in 1999.

Steve Sisolak is running for re-election for Governor of Nevada and he is on the ballot in the general election on November 8, 2022, after advancing from the Democratic primary on June 14, 2022.  

Here is a brief biography of Steve Sisolak:

Full NameSteve F. Sisolak
Age69 years old
Political PartyDemocrat
BirthplaceMilwaukee, Wisconsin

Steve Sisolak Early life

Steve Sisolak was born on December 26, 1953, into a working-class family in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He’s one of Mary and Edward Frank Sisolak’s three sons. His father was a design engineer for General Motors, and his mother worked at a convenience store – both of them worked so hard to provide for their children.

Steve grew up in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin. He’s of Czech descent and is currently 69 years.

Steve Sisolak Education

Steve inherited his parent’s blue-collar ethic, working full-time to pay for his education. He went to Wauwatosa West High School, Wisconsin. He was active on the student council and played basketball. He received his high school diploma in 1972.

In 1974, Steve graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with a degree in business. Soon after, he moved to Nevada and earned an MBA from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in 1978.

Steve Sisolak Career

His first job was as a caddy at Tripoli Country Club at age 13. After graduation, he put down roots in Las Vegas to run a communications business. He soon became a successful entrepreneur and was a partner in the American Distributing Company, a telemarketing venture that sells coffee cups, pens, and various other promotional items to businesses.

He also held a partnership with a second company, Associated Industries. Motivated by his passion for education, Steve decided to give back to the community that supported him by serving on the Nevada Board of Regents in 1998.

During his time on the Board of Regents, Sisolak discovered that thousands of Nevada students had been wrongly charged out-of-state tuition and won refunds for them. In 2002, Steve sided with students and voted against a 16% tuition increase. He voted against student fee hikes in 2003 and 2008.

Sisolak fought to bring back a popular apprenticeship program at the College of Southern Nevada that was abruptly canceled during the recession

Steve Sisolak Family

Sisolak married Lori Ann “Dallas” Garland in 1987, with whom he had two daughters. Garland filed for divorce in 2000. After the divorce, he raised his daughters as a single father; his two daughters attended Las Vegas public high schools and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

Shortly after being elected governor in 2018, Sisolak announced his engagement to Kathy Ong, an Ely native and girlfriend of five years. On December 28, 2018, Sisolak announced her marriage to Ong.

Steve Sisolak Political career

In 1996, Sisolak ran for the Nevada Senate in the Las Vegas-based District 5 but lost to the Republican incumbent, Ann O’Connell.

In 2008, after 10 years as a University Regent, Steve was elected to the Clark County Commission in a close race to replace outgoing commissioner Bruce Woodbury. On the commission, Steve was known as a coalition builder and problem solver.

Sisolak was elected to a second term as a county commissioner in 2012, receiving the endorsement of the Las Vegas Review-Journal and Las Vegas Sun. He served as the commission’s vice-chairman between 2011 and 2013. Sisolak was elected to his third and final term as a county commissioner in 2016. He served as the chairman between 2013 and 2019.

In February of 2014, Steve first pondered running for governor but decided against it. On June 22, 2017, Sisolak officially announced his intention to run as governor in Nevada in the 2018 election. On June 12, 2018, he defeated Clark County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani to become the Democratic nominee.

He was endorsed by former President Barack Obama, then-Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, Representative Dina Titus, the Sierra Club, the Human Rights Campaign, Let America Vote, and the Nevada Law Enforcement Coalition.

Steve defeated Laxalt with 49.4% of the vote and was elected governor of Nevada on November 6, 2018. This made Steve become the first Democrat elected governor since 1994.

Steve has announced that he will seek re-election in 2022. He won the re-nomination against former Clark County Commissioner Tom Collins during the party’s primary. He will be running against Joe Lombardo, Edward Bridges II, and Brandon Davis in the general election.

Throughout his time in office. Steve’s goal is to keep Nevada strong and moving forward by investing in education, creating jobs by diversifying the economy, and guaranteeing quality, affordable health care for all Nevadans.

With Steve’s satisfying records in Nevada, it’s optimistic that Steve may emerge as the winner of the forthcoming general election.

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