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.