Republicans in the Nevada Assembly have turned back to the urban areas for leadership. Washoe's Pat Hickey will be the new GOP floor leader—assuming he is reelected—at the 2013 legislature.
Hickey, a painting contractor is now serving his second term. His first term was in 1996-1998, but he did not seek reelection because his business had suffered from demands on his time.Hickey is author of a memoir, Tahoe Boy, about his experiences with the Unification Church.
He replaces Pete Goichoechea, whose district included part or all of seven small counties and a sliver of Washoe. Hickey's district runs from the Mayberry area through south Reno to the Storey county line.