Also on Wednesday, Assemblyman Richard McArthur, R-Las Vegas, announced his candidacy for the same Senate seat.
“Serving the citizens of this state has been one of the greatest honors of my life,” Hammond said in a press release. “I was raised to always go the extra mile, to do more when more is required. The time has come when I can do more for the citizens of Nevada by helping the Republican Party gain control of the state Senate. With control of the Senate, we can roll back spending, cut taxes and provide Nevada with the sound economic footing necessary to encourage job growth.”
Hammond currently represents Assembly District 13, where he serves on the Health and Human Services, Judiciary and Transportation committees.
Hammond teaches government and Spanish for the Clark County School District and political science at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He lives in Las Vegas with his wife and their three children.
McArthur, a two-term Nevada assemblyman, also will run for the the newly formed Senate District 18 in the northwest part of Las Vegas..
“This seat should be held by a fiscal conservative and I believe my record in the state Assembly shows that I would bring the same kind of limited government representation to the state Senate,” McArthur said in a press release.
McArthur has a degree in economics from the University of California, Davis. He served six years in the Air Force as a pilot, including a stint in Vietnam in 1968.
After being honorably discharged as a captain in 1972, McArthur joined the FBI for a 25-year career in which he investigated a variety of cases, including bank robberies, kidnappings, foreign counterintelligence, bombings and terrorism. He retired from the FBI after serving his last 16 years in the Las Vegas field office.
McArthur and his family have lived in Las Vegas for 31 years. He has been married to his wife, Trish, for 41 years. They have two daughters.