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Guinn: Time for Change

Kenny C. Guinn was elected governor of Nevada in 1998. Guinn was born in Exeter, California. He attended Fresno State College, and received undergraduate and graduate degrees in Physical Education. He later received a doctorate in Education from Utah State University. Guinn moved to Las Vegas in 1964 and worked as a planning specialist for the Clark County School District, and was promoted to Superintendent of Schools. He later worked in management in banking, and became President and Chairman of the Board of Southwest Gas Corporation in 1993.
Guinn served for one year as interim president of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, before running for the office of governor.
 
 
 
 
"Time for Change" Governor Kenny Guinn, 1999

The same election in which you elected me your Governor, the voters of Nevada approved a change in the way we do business in this building.

By limiting the legislative session to 120 days, the people of Nevada sent a message to their government -that it is time for change. I take that message to heart, and am prepared to make change a cornerstone of my administration.

A new era is upon us. New limits will govern the work of the Legislature. Mine will be a new administration, bringing with it a new approach to dealing with long-term issues.

We bring new ideas to government. New ideas, but they're founded on plain old common sense.
Common sense in government is simple:

First, respect the people's money - the taxes, fees, and other revenues paid by the hard working citizens of the state must be treated as what they are - the sweat of their labor.

Second, demand personal integrity and honesty from those around you as you demand it from yourself.

Third, work hard--work very hard. Public service is not, and never should be, a place you go when you want to feel more important than your neighbor. It is definitely not the place to earn more money. And it absolutely should not be the place where you expect to have it easier than those in the private sector.
Public service should always be hard work, given willingly and honestly.

So there you have it - call them the three pillars of the Guinn administration if you like, but to me they are just common sense: Be careful with the money, be honest, and work harder than you've ever worked before.

As we consider the state of our state today, I ask that we keep in mind these simple rules for common sense in government. They have guided my life in the public and private sectors, they have guided my life with family and friends, and they will govern my new administration.

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Nevada State Library and Archives