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July 30, 2014

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State senator clarifies misinformation about her education

Sen. Elizabeth Halseth says she wasn't clear about her education when talking with a reporter.

Sen. Elizabeth Halseth says she wasn't clear about her education when talking with a reporter.

Last year, Republican Elizabeth Halseth competed in a fierce campaign for state Senate.

Her opponent was Benny Yerushalmi, a Democrat who worked in his family’s jewelry stores and had a law degree from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA.

Halseth, a mother of three who helped her husband run their small business, was asked by a Las Vegas Sun reporter about her education. She said she was taking a break from pursuing an MBA from a small Christian college in Oregon, where she said she had received a bachelor’s degree in psychology.

Although Halseth, now a state senator, may have plans to pursue that MBA, she doesn’t have a bachelor’s degree.

The registrar’s office at Corban University confirmed Halseth was enrolled in the accredited college’s adult-degree program in which students can earn bachelor’s degrees online or by taking classes one night a week on campus in Salem, Ore.

Halseth has completed three semesters of course work and declared no major, according to the registrar.

Asked last week by a Sun reporter whether she attended or graduated from Corban, Halseth said she attended.

Asked why she originally said she had a degree, Halseth turned defensive: “Why are you asking these questions? Why is this important?” she said, adding that she didn’t remember telling a reporter she had a degree.

In a follow-up e-mail, however, Halseth admitted she wasn’t clear in her conversation with the reporter during the campaign.

“When I met with the reporter who wrote the initial story, we spent some time talking about Corban University and the fact that I was taking a break and the fact that I planned to pursue an MBA,” she wrote. “I suppose I didn’t clarify that the break was during the undergraduate work rather than during master’s work. In hindsight, I regret that I both missed the story and didn’t spend more time thinking about that conversation.”

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  1. "She said she was taking a break from pursuing an MBA from a small Christian college in Oregon, where she said she had received a bachelor's degree in psychology.

    Although Halseth, now a state senator, may have plans to pursue that MBA, she doesn't have a bachelor's degree."

    So she lied about her education to get elected. Good thing to note for her next re-election. According to the legislature's website, her term ends in November of 2014 and her email address is [email protected] in case any citizens have additional questions about this issue.

  2. No doubt, Halseth should be held accountable for her bald-faced lie. So should Whorsford and the limp-wristed Rory Reid for his "laundering" of campaign contributions. All politicians should be held to the same standard of decency, honesty and truthfulness just as all citizens should be. But I see ideology as being more important to many then holding people's feet to the fire.

  3. So this is our State Senator? Disgusting! We vote without doing our homework and allow people like Republican Elizabeth Halseth into office.

    Mrs. Halseth has shown us a slice of her personal life and how she plans to conduct herself in the State Senate...disengeniously.

  4. Typical "Christian" Teapot Republican they are the biggest liars on the planet. Maybe she'll run for Ensign's seat.

  5. According to the comments lying is a bi-partisan characteristic. Hmmm - may the country survive in spite of these folks who have a vision of reality that is lacking in its accuracy.

  6. Someone I know said Senator Horsford was being taken to task for the same thing. I disagree. This is totally different. In Horsford's case, someone on the legislative staff included incorrect info about his education on the caucus website. In Halseth's case, the words came out of her own mouth. Big difference.

  7. How is it that no one made an issue of education before or during the election? I don't think we should blame Elizabeth Halseth for this SNAFU. She got elected. We are stupid fools. That's that.