RENO, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- Former longtime Washoe County Assemblyman Bernie Anderson passed away on Friday. He was 71.
Anderson was taken to the hospital on December 26. The cause of death is unknown at this time.
Governor Brian Sandoval released this statement about Anderson: “It was with a heavy heart that I learned of the death of my friend, mentor and colleague Bernie Anderson. Bernie dedicated his life and his career to education and received the Teacher of the Month award from the Reno/Sparks Chamber of Commerce in October 1985. I will always fondly recall his leadership as Chairman of the Assembly Judiciary Committee, his passion for his constituents and his respect for those who testified before the committee. Kathleen and I extend our deepest condolences to Bernie’s wife, Clyda, their children, and his extended family and friends.”
Nevada State Democratic Party Chair Roberta Lange said that today is a sad day for the citizens of Washoe County. “As a member of Nevada’s National Guard, as a life-long school teacher, and as a Nevada Assemblyman, Bernie Anderson was a public servant in every sense of the word and always put the needs of his constituents first. He was a good man and an outstanding legislator who will be deeply missed. On behalf of the Nevada State Democratic Party, I extend my sincere condolences to his family in this difficult time.”
Anderson was born in 1942, and graduated from Bishop Manogue High School and the University of Nevada. He was also a member of the Nevada National Guard, and served on the Nevada Assembly from 1991 to 2005.