Assemblyman Daly Desires to Make Things Better for the Community


Richard Daly / Handout

Richard Daly / Handout

Richard “Skip” Daly started out as a laborer, and for 18 years he built Nevada, literally. He worked his way to become the Business Manager for Laborers, and now he is a legislator and building Nevada with different tools.

Unlike most, school was a hobby for him. Hard work, however, is his lifestyle.

“I am a pretty focused person. Some people say I am intense. I don’t think so, I’m pretty laid back on some stuff, but I do get excited and passionate about things I care about,” Daly said.

His demeanor reflects this. Although his first experience in Carson City was as a lobbyist, his first thoughts as a legislator, an elected official, a person responsible for the well-being of his home state, was “Okay, time to get to work”. No butterflies, no awe, and no fear.

He got into politics when he became a business manager and — with a little help from good timing and term limits — he got into office.  His representative, Assemblyman Bernie Anderson had termed out, and District 31 of Washoe County needed someone to fill the hole.

“Like many things in your life, you can’t pick the time, so when the opportunity was there I said, ‘I’m gonna try this’ instead of saying ‘I wish I would have’,” Daly said.

Daly’s theory was (and still is) that a public official has to be someone with a desire to make things better for the state and for the community — you have to start with that or else you will not be effective.

Everyone will tell you an ideal Nevada is “100% employment” and “#1 in Education”. With those two factors accounted for, the rest should fall into place. But, Daly shared one more important factor in making a utopian Nevada:

“An efficient and effective government, I try to bring those together every chance I get,” Daly said.

Daly was appointed Chair of the Natural Resources, Agriculture, and Mining Committees for this session. His top issues are creating jobs, improving education, diversification of the state’s economy, and making government more efficient and accountable.