Las Vegas, Nevada - Governor Brian Sandoval released the following statement today after learning of the death of former Nevada Assemblyman Joseph “Joe” Dini, Jr.:

“Nevada has lost another legend today with the news of the passing of Speaker Joe Dini, Jr. One of Nevada’s greatest statesmen, Speaker Dini holds the remarkable distinction of being the longest serving Nevada speaker in state history.  A native of Yerington, Speaker Dini was a staunch supporter of rural Nevada and the essence of leadership in our state. I am proud to have had the opportunity to serve with him in the Assembly. Kathleen and I send our deepest condolences to Joe’s family and friends.”