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The First Chairwoman At Nevada

The First Chairwoman At Nevada Gaming Control Board


Nevada Gaming Control Board has got its first ever female chairwoman. The new chairperson named Becky Harris will be the first female to take this position following the resignation of the previous chairperson, A.G. Burnett Food, who cited desire to pursue a different career path as the reason for leaving.

Before accepting the appointment, Harris resigned from her Nevada State Senate seat that she took in 2014. Becky Harris is an active woman involved in numerous political and social activities and organizations in the Clark County.



The appointment was announced by the governor of Nevada, who stated that Nevada’s gaming regulatory structure is considered the best in the world, which is why choosing the right candidate was a challenging task. Someone in this position would have to be prepared to make decisions that may be viewed by some as difficult. Governor Sandoval said that the time Becky Harris spent serving her community as an elected official was used to spur innovation, ensuring Nevada’s top position and new opportunities in the gaming industry. The Governor expressed his firm belief that the newly appointed chairwoman will continue serving with the same distinction and integrity.



Becky Harris recognized the tremendous responsibility of having been appointed to the top position of the finest regulatory system the world. She thanked Governor Sandoval for the faith placed in her abilities and assured she’s committed to serving with honor and determination this job requires. However, she mentioned she will miss serving in the Nevada State Senate and working closely with her constituents.



Over the years of her work Becky Harris was diligent in studying the gambling issues she came across, further educating herself in the matters to become more competent. She obtained an LL.M, Master of Laws, in Gaming Law and Regulation from the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in 2000. According to the executive director of the University of Nevada, she is a highly competent and smart person who is right where she belongs and deserves to hold the top regulatory position of the Nevada Gaming Control Board. Before that Harries obtained her bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University (1989), later earning a Juris Doctor from J. Reuben Clark Law School at the same university (1992).