Remembering Bernie Andersonby Senator Dean Heller
Posted on 2014-01-16
HELLER. Mr. President, today I wish to remember the life
of my colleague, assemblyman Bernie Anderson, who passed on January 10,
2014. Serving with him as a fellow freshman in the Nevada Assembly was
a privilege, and I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to know and
work alongside such a dedicated public servant. As a longtime teacher,
assemblyman, and member of the Nevada National Guard, Bernie honorably
served the Silver State for decades. I am proud to join the citizens of
Washoe County and the State of Nevada to remember his legacy of service
to his community.
A native Nevadan, Bernie was a graduate of Bishop Manogue High School and University of Nevada, Reno alumni. From 1991 to 2010, Bernie served in the Nevada Assembly, representing Washoe County. During his time in the legislature, he served as chairman of the Judiciary Committee, where he displayed a passion for the committee's work and often served as a mentor to his colleagues, offering invaluable advice and support.
Bernie was also a teacher in Sparks, where he taught government and history in the city's schools for 32 years. As a longtime educator and avid reader, Bernie dedicated his life and career to education. In October 1985, he received the Teacher of the Month award from the Reno/ Sparks Chamber of Commerce. Educators work tirelessly to ensure our Nation's students are prepared to compete in the 21st century, and I am grateful for Bernie's dedication on behalf of Nevada's youth.
Not only did he serve the citizens of Nevada as a legislator and a schoolteacher, Bernie was also a member of the Nevada National Guard. In 2007, he was honored with the Charles Dick Medal of Merit in recognition of his contributions to the National Guard. On behalf of all Nevadans, I thank Bernie for his many years of faithful, selfless service.
Today, I extend my deepest sympathies to Bernie's wife Clyda, their children, and family and friends. I would ask my colleagues to join me in celebrating the life of a dedicated public servant who served the Silver State proudly. Nevada will miss him.