By Tabitha Mueller and Megan Messerly/The Nevada Independent

Assemblywoman Jill Tolles (R-Reno) will not run for re-election to her Northern Nevada seat in 2022, making her the ninth of 16 Republican Assembly members who have announced or are mulling not returning to their positions for the 2023 session.

Assemblywoman Jill Tolles on the final day of the 81st session of the Legislature on Monday, May 31, 2021, in Carson City. (David Calvert/The Nevada Independent)

In a Thursday newsletter to her supporters, Tolles announced she was leaving the Legislature to pursue “some exciting personal and professional projects,” as well as to spend more time on her family, career and “serving in other ways” outside a legislative capacity. Among those projects, she noted she is looking forward to returning to teaching through UNR and the National Judicial College.

Tolles, who has served for three regular and two special sessions of the Legislature, earned a reputation over her last five years in office as a moderate who often worked across party lines to pass legislation. In the newsletter, Tolles said she was proud to pass the majority of her bills with “unanimous or near unanimous support” and was “consistently ranked one of the most bipartisan legislators in the state during an increasingly hyper partisan political era.”

Tolles’ announcement means that about half of the Assembly Republican caucus won’t be running for re-election in 2022. Assemblyman John Ellison (R-Elko), for one, is termed out of the Legislature and therefore cannot seek re-election.

At the same time, several Assembly members have announced state Senate bids, including Assemblywoman Lisa Krasner (R-Reno), running for Senate District 16, Assemblywoman Glen Leavitt (R-Boulder City), running for Senate District 12, and Assemblyman Jim Wheeler (R-Minden), running for Senate District 17.

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