Lt. Gov. issues statement on plan to leave office

By: - August 19, 2021 2:57 pm

Lt. Gov. Kate Marshall says she’ll be “transitioning to the White House in the late fall.”

After media reports and remarks made by Gov. Steve Sisolak earlier this week about Nevada Lt. Gov. Kate Marshall leaving her job to take a post in the Biden administration, Marshall issued a statement of her own Thursday.

“While I look forward to transitioning to the White House in the late fall, I will continue to serve in my current role as Lieutenant Governor until that time comes,” Marshall said.

Her job in the Biden administration will be senior advisor to governors within the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. According to a White House website, that office “serves to engage State, local, and Tribal governments, in addition to elected officials across Puerto Rico and our island communities to address the most pressing issues impacting our country and communities.”

The office’s director is Julie Chávez Rodriguez, who held posts in the Obama administration, worked on Biden’s 2020 campaign, and is the granddaughter of labor icon Cesar Chávez.

“It is with bittersweet emotion that I begin to transition to this role,” Marshall said. “I have served this state I love for more than ten years in elected office.” Prior to being elected lieutenant governor in 2018, she served two terms as Nevada Treasurer from 2007 to 2015.

Following Marshall’s statement Thursday, Sisolak issued one of his own, saying he is “sad to see” Marshall leave. That statement also noted that once the lieutenant governor’s office is vacant, the governor can appoint someone to fill out the remainder of the term, but there is “no specific legal deadline to make the appointment.”

“We are thrilled” Marshall is joining the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs, Rodriguez said in a statement. “Her experience as a leader during Nevada’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic will bolster the Administration’s continued efforts to fight the pandemic and get as many Americans vaccinated as possible. Her first-hand experience in leading economic development efforts and supporting small businesses will be integral to President Biden’s efforts to implement the American Rescue Plan and the full Build Back Better agenda.”

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