Richard Ziser

Richard Ziser is a Nevada Real estate investor, Socially Conservative Political activist and U.S. Republican Politician.

Early life and career

He was born June 7, 1953, in Pomona, CA, and has resided in Las Vegas, Nevada since 1991. He graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) with a BS in Industrial Engineering, 1976; then subsequently from Simon Greenleaf University in Santa Ana, CA, (now a campus of Trinity International University, with an MA in Christian Apologetics in 1989.[1]

United States Senate election in Nevada, 2004

In 2004, Ziser defeated 5 rival candidated in the Republican primary, then ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate, against Democratic incumbent Harry Reid, losing 61%-35%.[2][3] In 1998, Ziser lost his election bid to be on the Clark County, Nevada School Board.[4]

Political stances

Ziser rose to political prominence as the leader of the effort to ban gay marriage in Nevada.[5][3] He headed the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage, a successful, four-year campaign that succeeded in amending Nevada's State Constitution to define marriage as a union between "one man and one woman" in 2000.[3][6][7][8]

In light of the Nevada Legislature's overriding of Governor Jim Gibbons' veto on domestic partnership legislation; due to take effect October 1, 2009. Ziser stated his intents to overturn the legislation as unconstitutional.[9]

Ziser was also a right to life activist, actively opposing legalized abortion by proposing a Personhood Constitutional Amendment designed protect the "right to life," of the foetus.[6]

See also


  1. 2004 Election Profiles, Nevada Senate, Richard Ziser (R), Washington Post
  2. "General election results", Las Vegas Review-Journal, November 04, 2004
  3. 1 2 3 Neff, Erin (8 September 2004). "Federal races go as expected". Las Vegas Review - Journal. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  4. Jane Ann Morrison, "Panel dismisses complaint over political ad", Las Vegas Review-Journal, September 25, 1998
  5. Robertson, Tatsha; Freiss, Steve (23 November 2003). "GAY MARRIAGE DECISION SPURS ACTION ACROSS US". Boston Globe. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  6. 1 2 Foegel, Ed; Spillman, Ben (22 October 2009). "Nevada abortion statute targeted: Activist pursues personhood petition". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  7. Neff, Erin (10 February 2004). "Ziser: Massachusetts shows gay marriage ban needed". Las Vegas Review - Journal. Retrieved 28 August 2018.
  8. Martha Bellisle, Nevada partners law to enable registered couples to adopt children", Reno Gazette-Journal, June 4, 2009


Party political offices
Preceded by
John Ensign
Republican Party nominee for U.S. Senator from Nevada (Class 3)
Succeeded by
Sharron Angle
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