Las Vegas, Nevada 2021-09-19 17:01:11 –
Las Vegas (KLAS) – Former Democrat James Billbray has died, according to a Sunday tweet from Governor Steve Sisolak.
“Today, Nevada has lost a giant, Sisorak wrote.” Billbray was a good friend I respected and loved. “
In another tweet, Sisorak called Billbray “a great civil servant and a better friend.”
Nevada Parliamentarian Dina Titus is now Nevada’s first parliamentary district and served as Billbray for eight years from 1987 to 1995. She tweeted her condolences.
“I’m deeply saddened to hear the death of my friend and former House of Representatives James Billbray,” Titus wrote. “He was a respected civil servant and a devoted conservationist.”
Former Republican parliamentary candidate Danny Tarkanian recalled Billbray in an online statement.
“One of Nevada’s great civil servants has died today,” writes Tarkanian, son of legendary UNLV basketball coach Jerry Tarkanian. “Without his help fighting the NCAA in Congress, UNLV wouldn’t have won the national championship.”
Bill Bray, 83, was born in Las Vegas in 1938. He graduated from Las Vegas High School, attended the University of Nevada in Las Vegas, and then moved to Washington, DC to attend American University and Washington College of Law.
Bill Bray was a lawyer and deputy district attorney in Clark County and a member of the Nevada Senate. He was elected to Congress in 1986, and Harry Reid, who won the US Senate election that same year, filled the vacancy.
Billbray has married two children, including Shannon Billbray Axelrod, who is currently serving in the Nevada State Assembly.
An elementary school named after Bill Bray is located in the northwestern valley.