CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada's newest Assemblyman says the beginning of his first floor session was "surreal" but says it's time to "snap out of it" and get to work.
Democrat Odis "Tyrone" Thompson is the new representative of a North Las Vegas district, replacing Steven Brooks, who was expelled in March after a series of disturbing incidents involving the police.
Thompson will serve on the judiciary, natural resources, health and human services and legislative operations committees. He said his top priorities will be "everything and anything" related to all levels of education and Medicaid expansion in the Silver State.
Brooks was arrested three times. The first was for allegedly threatening Assembly Speaker Marilyn Kirkpatrick.
His most recent arrest happened in California hours after he was expelled from the Assembly. He is currently in jail.
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