Longtime Political Figure Dies

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Bill Swackhamer, a leader in the Nevada
Legislature who later served as secretary of state for 14 years, died Thursday in Idaho. He was 93.

Swackhamer, a Battle Mountain businessman first elected as a Democrat to the Assembly in 1946, was Assembly speaker for two
regular sessions in 1957 and 1965 and in three special sessions. He
was majority floor leader in the regular 1967 session and in the
1968 special session.

"He was one of the finest elective officials we ever had in this state," said Carson City Clerk Alan Glover, who served as Swackhamer's intern in the 1971 legislative session. "He had integrity, understood politics and had a great sense of humor."

After reapportionment in 1971, Swackhamer was defeated in the 1972 election. But then-Gov. Mike O'Callaghan appointed him as secretary of state in 1973 to replace John Koontz who retired. Swackhamer served in that office until 1987.

In recent years, Swackhamer had been living with family members in Idaho. Glover said Swackhamer suffered a stroke Monday and died
Thursday. No funeral is planned. He will be buried next to his late
wife, Joyce, in Battle Mountain.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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