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Lauren Scott
Lauren Scott
Lauren Scott
Commissioner, Nevada Equal Rights Commission
Opponent(s) Michael Sprinkle; Adam Khan
Incumbent Michael Sprinkle
Personal details
Citizenship United States
Nationality American
Political party Republican
Residence Reno, Nevada
Alma mater St. Leo University
Occupation LGBT advocate; politician; entrepreneur
Military service
Allegiance United States
Service/branch Seal of the US Air Force.svg United States Air Force
Years of service 1986–1994
Rank Staff Sergeant
Unit 56th Fighter Wing, 4450th Tactical Group

Lauren Alex Scott is an American politician, civil rights activist and entrepreneur. In the June 2014 primary election, she won the Republican nomination for the Nevada Assembly's 30th District, earning 58% of the vote. Scott received 46% of the vote in the November 2014 general election and lost the election to incumbent Democrat Michael Sprinkle.[1][2]

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval appointed Scott to the Nevada Equal Rights Commission (NERC) in 2012.[3]


2012 campaign

In the 2012 Republican primary election for Nevada Assembly District 30, Scott received 21 percent of the vote in her bid for the seat vacated by Democrat Debbie Smith.[3] By garnering 65 percent of the vote, Ken Lightfoot won the Republican nomination during that election, defeating Scott and Paul Maineri.[4]

Nevada State Assembly, District 30, Republican Primary Election, 2012[5]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Ken Lightfoot 1,299 65.1
Republican Lauren Scott 427 21.4
Republican Paul Maineri 270 13.5

In the general election, Ken Lightfoot lost the election with 43 percent to Michael Sprinkle's 57 percent.[6]

2014 campaign

Scott lost the 2014 general election campaign to incumbent Democrat Michael Sprinkle.[7]

Nevada State Assembly, District 30, General Election, 2014[8]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Michael Sprinkle 6,187 53.89
Republican Lauren Scott 5,293 46.11

Scott won the Nevada Assembly District 30 primary election by receiving 58 percent of the vote, allowing her to advance and represent the Republican Party in November to challenge the current Democratic incumbent, State Assemblyman Michael Sprinkle.[1] Adam Khan unsuccessfully ran against Scott in the primary, winning 42 percent of the vote. Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval endorsed Scott, while Khan had received the endorsement of the Nevada Republican Assembly (NVRA).[4]

Nevada State Assembly, District 30, Republican Primary Election, 2014[9]
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Lauren Scott 1,187 58.33
Republican Adam Khan 848 41.67

2016 campaign

Scott announced that she would run again for the Nevada Assembly District 30 seat in 2016.[10]

Nevada State Assembly, District 30, General Election, 2016[11]
Party Candidate Votes %
Democratic Michael Sprinkle 13,572 57.87
Republican Lauren Scott 9,881 42.13

Civil rights activism

Scott in September 2010

Scott founded Equality Nevada, Inc. in 2009[12] and served as the Executive Director from 2009 through 2015.[13] Equality Nevada was organized to fight for LGBTQ equality in Nevada and it was voted one of the top grassroots organizations in Northern Nevada in 2009.[14]

Scott supported the repeal of the military "Don't ask, don't tell" policy in 2010. A ban on military service by openly gay and lesbian service members was ruled as a violation of the US Constitution in Log Cabin Republicans v. United States of America in 2011.

In the 2011 legislative session, Scott continued to work to advance civil rights in Nevada.[15][16] By working with members of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Nevada Women's Lobby and the Progressive Leadership Alliance of Nevada (PLAN), she was able to help secure the passage of transgender inclusive civil rights legislation for the first time in Nevada.[17][18] She has been recognized on the floor of both the Nevada Assembly and the Senate.[19][20]

During the 2013 Nevada legislative session Scott testified in support of SB139, a bill to add 'gender identity and expression' to the state hate crime statutes.[21][22] The bill was signed by Governor Brian Sandoval on May 21, 2013.[23]

Post transition life

Scott in December 2007

After resigning her position as Electrical Design Manager at Plasma-Therm in 1998, Scott began her gender transition in 1999 while living in Clearwater, Florida. She co-founded a start-up company that produced high voltage power supplies, which was later acquired and rebranded as Gripping Power, Inc. in 2002.[24]

Scott was employed as an electrical systems engineer at Biodiesel Solutions in 2007.[25] She was laid off when Biodiesel Solutions ceased operations in 2008.[26] She has worked as a consultant, on business development and renewable energy issues since then.[3]

She founded and became the president and CEO of Alkcon Corporation in 2013.[27][28]


Scott graduated with honors from St. Leo University with a Bachelor of Business Administration, with specializations in technology management and information systems, in 1994.[29]

Military service

Scott in December 1986

Scott enlisted in the US Air Force in 1986 and worked as a firefighter until she received an honorable discharge in 1994.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Lachman, Samantha (June 12, 2014). "Nevada Republican Could Become Nation's First Transgender State Legislator". The Huffington Post. Retrieved June 12, 2014. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Lauren Scott files for Republican candidate for Nevada's Assembly District 30". KRNV-DT Reno. 13 March 2012. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 "Activist Lauren Scott to run for Nevada's Assembly District 30". KRNV-DT Reno. 9 October 2013. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 Johnson, Chris. "Trans Republican wins primary in bid for Nevada Assembly seat". Washington Blade. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  5. "2012-Nevada Primary Election Results Summary". Washoe County. June 12, 2012. Retrieved August 26, 2014. 
  6. "Election Results". KTNV. Retrieved 14 June 2014. 
  7. "Nevada Republican Fails to Become First Transgender State Lawmaker in U.S.". KOLO. November 6, 2014. Retrieved July 18, 2015. 
  8. "2014-Nevada General Election". Nevada Secretary of State. November 4, 2014. Retrieved November 4, 2014. 
  9. "2014-Nevada Primary Election". Nevada Secretary of State. June 10, 2014. Retrieved July 1, 2014. 
  10. "GOP's Lauren Scott Tries Again for Assembly Seat". KOLO. November 4, 2015. Retrieved December 5, 2015. 
  11. "2016-Nevada General Election". Nevada Secretary of State. November 9, 2016. Retrieved November 9, 2016. 
  12. "Silver Flume: Nevada Business Search" Nevada Secretary of State
  13. "Out and About" Reno News and Review, November 25, 2010.
  14. "Best of Northern Nevada". Reno News and Review, September 15, 2009.
  15. "Bills under consideration target transgender bias". Las Vegas Review Journal, April 24, 2011.
  16. "Week of Firsts for Nevada's Transgender Community". YGR Media, March 17, 2011.
  17. "Nevada Lawmakers Advance Three More Transgender Rights Bills". Edge, April 22, 2011.
  18. "Sandoval signs transgender job discrimination bill". Las Vegas Review-Journal, May 24, 2011.
  19. "Nevada Assembly Floor Session Journal" Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau, March 15, 2011.
  20. "Nevada Senate Floor Session Journal" Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau, May 11, 2011.
  21. "Testimony and Statement of Record of SB139" Legislative Counsel Bureau - Nevada Legislature, March 4, 2013.
  22. "Bill Would Add Gender-Related Identity to Hate Crime Law" Nevada Media Alliance, March 4, 2013.
  23. "Nevada’s Hate Crimes Protections Now Include Transgender Community" Nevada Media Alliance, May 21, 2013.
  24. "Applied Energy Technologies Announces Operational Changes". Gripping Power, Inc., November 1, 2002.
  25. "Biodiesel Solutions staff". Northern Nevada Business Weekly, July 30, 2007.
  26. "Biodiesel Solutions, Inc. Closes in Sparks". NCET, August 22, 2008.
  27. "Methane-to-propane startup wooing investors". Northern Nevada Business Weekly, June 9, 2014.
  28. "A clean agreement". Northern Nevada Business Weekly, July 14, 2015.
  29. "NV Could Be First State To Elect Openly Transgender Republican Legislator". Public News Service, June 2014.

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