LAS VEGAS — Republican Assemblyman Pat Hickey of District 25 was unanimously elected Thursday to be the new Republican Assembly Caucus leader. The former minority leader, Pete Goicoechea, stepped down to join the 2012 campaign trail for Nevada State Senate in District 19.
“As a caucus, we sincerely thank Pete Goicoechea for his leadership over the years,” Hickey said. “I am humbled and honored to be selected to follow in his footsteps. As the new leader, I will direct my energy and focus on supporting a strong conservative agenda and electing a dynamic slate of candidates this election cycle.”
Hickey was first elected to the Nevada Assembly in 1996 in a Democratic majority District 27. He then took time to focus on his family and business before running for Assembly District 25 in 2010.
“The 2012 election cycle presents opportunities for our caucus to strengthen and grow,” Hickey said. “I am confident that our conservative message of limited government and fiscal responsibility will resonate with the people of this great state.”
Hickey, a small-business owner, is a fourth-generation Nevadan. He was born in Carson City and grew up in Lake Tahoe. He received his master of arts in journalism from the University of Nevada, Reno.
Hickey and his wife, Shin, have been married for 34 years and have four children.