James H. Bilbray Elementary School
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James H. Bilbray: Public Service

• Board of Regents, University of Nevada System, 1968-1972

• Alternate Municipal Judge, City of Las Vegas, 1978-1980

• Nevada State Senate, 1980-1987

• Member House of Representatives, 1987-1995

A native Las Vegan, James Bilbray spent his life making Southern Nevada a better place
for all of us to live. On the Nevada Board of Regents he coined the term and began the 
fight for UNLV to receive its “fair share” in funding from the State Legislature. Even 
if it meant walking out of meetings to make his point, he fought for his alma mater, 
UNLV. This “fair share” fight continued in the Nevada State Senate as Chairman of 
the Taxation Committee. When elected as a member of Congress in 1986, he took 
his fight to Washington D.C. Working quietly with other members; he expanded the 
Red Rock Conservation Area and created the Spring Mountain National Recreation 
Area. Both of these are federally protected for residents and visitors now and in the 
future to enjoy. He also co-sponsored federal funding for the “Safe-Key” program 
and the “Family Medical Leave Act.” Jim Bilbray fought for all of us, our children,
and our children’s children.