Kenneth Carroll Guinn

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Kenneth Carroll Guinn
Former Governor, Nevada
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Party Republican
Term of Office
January 1, 1999 — January 1, 2007
Preceded by Bob Miller
Succeeded by Jim Gibbons
Birthday August 24, 1936 —
Spouse Dema Guinn
Religion Episcopalian

Kenneth Carroll "Kenny" Guinn (born August 24, 1936) is an educator and businessman who was a two-term Governor of Nevada from 1999 to 2007.

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Background

He was born in Garland, Arkansas and grew up in Exeter, California. He and his wife Dema, whom he married in Reno, Nevada on July 7, 1956, have two sons, Jeff and Steve.

Education

Guinn served as superintendent of the Clark County School District in Nevada from 1969 to 1978.

In 1994 he was interim president of University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Kenny Guinn earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in physical education from Fresno State College. He later earned a Doctorate in Education from Utah State University.

Poltical Career

Guinn was elected to Governor in 1998 and during his time in office developed a reputation as a moderate Republican who appealed to many Democrats; in the 2002 election, he garnered 68% of the vote versus Democrat Joe Neal's 22%, which meant that a significant number of Democrats voted for Guinn. In November 2005, Time magazine named him one of the five best governors in the U.S.

Guinn declined to endorse his successor, Jim Gibbons, the Republican nominee for Governor of Nevada in 2006 due to bitter disagreements between the two politicians. Guinn has simply stated that he hoped a Republican would succeed him as governor. Gibbons defeated the Democratic nominee Dina Titus and like Guinn, she also holds a Ph.D.

Guinn's second term as Governor expired January 1, 2007. Prior to leaving office, he enjoyed an approval rating of 66%.

Some people speculate that President George W. Bush may nominate Guinn for a position at the White House or in federal government after the end of his gubernatorial term; however, Guinn's 2006 defiance of the Veterans Administration in issuing a military headstone for fallen Wiccan Nevada National Guardsman Sgt. Patrick Stewart when the VA refused to do so because of his faith has placed this in jeopardy.[1]

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  • This article uses material from the Wikipedia article "Kenny Guinn"
  • "State says Nevada soldier's plaque can include Wiccan symbol" - AP as carried by the Las Vegas Sun (September 13, 2006)

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