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October 23, 2014

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Two Reno women named to Nevada Senate Hall of Fame

CARSON CITY — The Senate has inducted two women from Reno to the Senate Hall of Fame, praising them for their long time in public service.

Former Lt. Gov. Sue Wagner and former Sen. Bernice Mathews were lauded for their accomplishments on such issues as election reform, domestic violence and public education.

Wagner, a Republican, served six years in the Assembly and 10 years in the Senate before she was elected lieutenant governor in 1990. Her political career was cut short when she was injured in a plane crash.

Wagner was the primary sponsor of legislation including the prohibition of smoking in public buildings, government ethics reform and prison, domestic violence and public health issues.

Mathews, a Democrat, was elected to the Reno City Council in 1991 and in 1994 to the state Senate, where she served for 16 years.

Mathews, a nurse, was noted for her bills on public education, cancer screening, mental health services, the hearing impaired, domestic abuse and occupational diseases.

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