Former NV Assemblyman Joe Dini Dies; Lawmakers Comment

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - Former Nevada Assembly Speaker Joe Dini, who served a record eight times leading the lower chamber in the Nevada Legislature, has died.

Dini's death was announced Thursday during a meeting of the Legislature's Interim Finance Committee.

He was 85.

The Yerington Democrat was elected to the Assembly in 1967. He served through 2002 in a career that made him the longest serving assemblyman in state history.

Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval praised Dini as a legend and one of Nevada's greatest statesmen.