Tom Collins is running for re-election to the Clark County Commission based on his deep roots in our community and a vested stake in the future of Southern Nevada. As a small business owner, a community activist, five-term Assemblyman, two-term County Commissioner and current Chairman of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, Tom Collins service is a testament to his commitment to our quality of life.
Tom's family moved to Clark County in 1951, when Tom was a three-year old, and with the exception of several years when Tom attended college in Texas, he has lived here ever since. He and his wife Kathy have called their present house home for over 30 years.
Tom went to elementary, middle and high school right here in Clark County. Tom was active in sports, and it was at Western High School where Tom met his future wife. Tom and Kathy married shortly after graduating from Western. They have been married 45 years and together they have two grown, married children and 8 grandchildren.
Collins worked for Nevada Power Company for over 18 years as a power line installer. In 1995 as an experienced Journeyman-Lineman, Tom left Nevada Power to open his own business, Collins Power Services, a power line installation company which worked closely with NV Energy and the building industry. Collins Power Services is a family affair, co-owned by Tom and his wife Kathy.
Tom is truly a good neighbor, giving his time freely for twenty-five years. As a child Tom shared his home with foster brothers and sisters, an experience he feels cemented his strong concern for children. He has donated countless hours to youth activities such as Boy Scouts (as Scoutmaster and Merit Badge Counselor), Little League baseball, Pop Warner football, basketball and soccer programs.
Since an early age Tom demonstrated a passion for rodeo, and that passion continues to this day. He won a college scholarship for his rodeo skills, and he has been a finalist in the National Senior Pro Rodeo Finals. He is a member of the National Senior Pro Rodeo Association and the Nevada Horse Council, as well as several other rodeo associations.
In addition to his active community involvement, Tom has served as Chairman of the Regional Transportation Commission's Citizen Advisory Committee, and he spent seven years on the North Las Vegas Planning Commission, retiring as chairman.
Tom was first elected to the Nevada State Assembly in 1992 and served during five regular and four special sessions of the legislature. In the Legislature, he served on the Education, Judiciary, Transportation, Labor and Management, Natural Resources, and Agriculture and Mining Committees, all of which uniquely prepared him to being serving on the Clark County Commission in 2004. As our County Commissioner, some of Tom's responsibilities have included serving as Vice Chair of the Regional Development Authority, on the Debt Management Commission, on Las Vegas Events, on the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Fiscal Affairs Committee, on the Southern Nevada Water Authority, on the Colorado River Commission, on the Nevada Association of Counties, on the Southern Nevada Workforce Investment Board, and as a member of the Floyd Lamb/Tule Springs Preservation Committee. Currently, Tom is serving as Chairman of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority where his leadership is helping our tourism industry get back on track which will help all of Southern Nevada's economy rebuild.
Tom Collins applies his background and life's experiences to his public service. He's worked to improve our neighborhoods, help our children, and give us a voice in government. Tom has won a reputation as a hard working, well liked pubic servant as both an Assemblyman and Commissioner. We can count on him to keep using the same values and skills on the Clark County Commission because we know Tom Collins truly has deep roots in our community and a continues to have a real stake in Southern Nevada's future.