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Ensign resigned from the Senate on May 3, 2011.

Sen. John Ensign (R-Nev.)

  • District: Junior Senator from Nevada
  • Residence: Las Vegas
  • Born: March 25, 1958; Roseville, Calif.
  • Religion: Christian
  • Family: Wife, Darlene Ensign; three children
  • Education: U. of Nevada, Las Vegas, attended 1976-79; Oregon State U., B.S. 1981; Colorado State U., D.V.M. 1985
  • Military Service: None
  • Political Highlights: U.S. House, 1995-99; sought Republican nomination for U.S. Senate, 1998; U.S. Senate, 2009, 2009, 2001-present
  • Elected: Elected: 2000 (2nd term)
  • Committee Assignments: Budget; Commerce, Science & Transportation (Aviation Operations, Safety & Security; Communications, Technology & the Internet - Ranking Member; Competitiveness, Innovation & Export Promotion; Consumer Protection, Product Safety & Insurance; Oceans, Atmosphere, Fisheries & Coast Guard; Science & Space; Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine); Finance (Fiscal Responsibility & Economic Growth; Health Care - Ranking Member; Taxation & IRS Oversight); Homeland Security & Governmental Affairs (Disaster Recovery & Intergovernmental Affairs - Ranking Member; Oversight of Government Management)
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State Information: Nevada

Election History
YearElectionCandidateVotesPercent
2006generalJohn Ensign (R)322,50155.4%
Jack Carter (D)238,79641%
David Schumann (IA)7,7741.3%
Brendan Trainor (LIBERT)5,2690.9%
2000generalJohn Ensign (R)330,68755.1%
Ed Bernstein (D)238,26039.7%
Kathryn Rusco (GREEN)10,2861.7%
J.J. Johnson (LIBERT)5,3950.9%
Ernie Berghof (IA)2,5400.4%
Bill Grutzmacher (CITFIRST)1,5790.3%
1994generalRichard H. Bryan (D)193,80450.9%
Hal Furman (R)156,02041%
Anna Nevenich (I)6,6661.8%
Bob Days (LIBERT)5,9641.6%
Neal A. Grasteit (IA)5,4501.4%
1988generalRichard H. Bryan (D)175,54850%
Chic Hecht (R)161,33646%
Vote For President
YearDemocratRepublicanIndependent
2008Barack Obama: 55.14%John McCain: 42.65%
2004John Kerry: 48%George W. Bush: 50%
2000Al Gore: 46%George W. Bush: 50%
1996Bill Clinton: 44%Robert Dole: 43%
1992Bill Clinton: 37%George H. W. Bush: 35%
1988Michael Dukakis: 38%George H. W. Bush: 59%
1984Walter F. Mondale: 32%:

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