Richard Ziser

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Richard Ziser is a Nevada real estate investor, socially conservative political activist and politician belonging to the Republican Party.

Early life[edit]

Ziser was born June 7, 1953, in Pomona, California, and has resided in Las Vegas, Nevada since 1991.


Ziser graduated from California State Polytechnic University, Pomona (Cal Poly Pomona) with a BS in Industrial Engineering, 1976; then subsequently from Simon Greenleaf University in Santa Ana, CA, (now a campus of Trinity International University, with an MA in Christian Apologetics in 1989.[1]


U.S. Senate candidacy[edit]

In 2004, Ziser defeated 5 rival candidates in the Republican primary, then ran unsuccessfully for U.S. Senate against Democratic incumbent Harry Reid, losing 61%-35%.[2][3] In 1998, Ziser lost his election bid to be on the Clark County, Nevada School Board.[4]

Political activity[edit]

Ziser rose to political prominence as the leader of the effort to ban gay marriage in Nevada.[5][3] He headed the Coalition for the Protection of Marriage, a successful, four-year campaign that succeeded in amending Nevada's State Constitution to define marriage as a union between "one man and one woman" in 2000.[3][6][7][8]

In light of the Nevada Legislature's overriding of Governor Jim Gibbons' veto on domestic partnership legislation; due to take effect October 1, 2009. Ziser stated his intents to overturn the legislation as unconstitutional.[9]

Ziser is also a pro-life activist, opposing legalized abortion by proposing a Personhood Constitutional Amendment designed protect the "right to life," of the fetus.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ 2004 Election Profiles, Nevada Senate, Richard Ziser (R), Washington Post
  2. ^ "General election results", Las Vegas Review-Journal, November 04, 2004
  3. ^ a b c Neff, Erin (8 September 2004). "Federal races go as expected". Las Vegas Review - Journal. ProQuest 260172560.
  4. ^ Jane Ann Morrison, "Panel dismisses complaint over political ad", Las Vegas Review-Journal, September 25, 1998
  5. ^ Robertson, Tatsha; Freiss, Steve (23 November 2003). "GAY MARRIAGE DECISION SPURS ACTION ACROSS US". Boston Globe. ProQuest 404841726.
  6. ^ a b Foegel, Ed; Spillman, Ben (22 October 2009). "Nevada abortion statute targeted: Activist pursues personhood petition". Las Vegas Review-Journal. ProQuest 457358653.
  7. ^ [1]
  8. ^ Neff, Erin (10 February 2004). "Ziser: Massachusetts shows gay marriage ban needed". Las Vegas Review - Journal. ProQuest 260172871.
  9. ^ Martha Bellisle, Nevada partners law to enable registered couples to adopt children", Reno Gazette-Journal, June 4, 2009

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Party political offices
Preceded by
John Ensign
Republican Party nominee for U.S. Senator from Nevada (Class 3)
Succeeded by
Sharron Angle