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Dean Rhoads, One Of NV's Longest-Serving Legislators, Dies

ELKO, Nev. (AP) — Gov. Brian Sandoval and political leaders on both sides of the aisle are mourning the loss this week of one of Nevada's longest-serving state legislators.


Sandoval said in a tweet Tuesday that Dean Rhoads was a "consummate Nevada statesman and a true gentleman" who will be missed.

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A host of state Republican and Democratic leaders across the state also praised the Tuscarora rancher as a principled public servant.


Rhoads was 82. Details of his death weren't immediately available.

Rhoads served 34 years in the Nevada Senate and Assembly before concluding his final term in 2012.

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Born in Tonasket, Washington in 1935, he operated a cattle ranch in Elko County before he was elected to the Assembly in 1976 and went on to become a leader of the Sagebrush Rebellion challenging federal authority on state and federal lands.