Notable Nevadans

June 9, 2016






June 9, 2016

MR. HELLER. Mr. President, today, I wish to remember a true Nevada statesman and dedicated public servant, former Nevada State Assemblyman and State Senator Coe Swobe. I send my condolences and prayers to his family during this difficult time. Although he will be sorely missed, his legendary influence throughout Nevada will continue on.

Mr. Swobe was born in 1929 and raised in Northern Nevada. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno, after serving in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. As one of our nation’s service members, he made exceptional sacrifices for our country and deserves our deepest gratitude. His service to his country, as well as his bravery and dedication to his family and community, have earned him a place in history among the many outstanding men and women who have contributed to our nation and to our state. Mr. Swobe later earned his Juris Doctorate from the University of Denver Sturm College of Law. He then returned to Reno, where he served as assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Nevada for two years and began his career as a true public servant to the Silver State.

In 1962, Mr. Swobe was first elected to the Nevada State Assembly. Shortly thereafter, he became a member of the Nevada State Senate, where he served from 1966 to 1974. During his tenure, Mr. Swobe was a staunch supporter of the preservation of Lake Tahoe and led the way in establishing the first agreement between then Nevada Governor Paul Laxalt and California Governor Ronald Reagan and the two state legislatures in helping to protect the Lake. This agreement later established the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (TRPA), which continues to protect this precious Nevada jewel today. He also helped expanded the Lake Tahoe park system, including the establishment of Sand Harbor State Park. In 2007, he was appointed to serve on the governing board for the TRPA, where he worked vigorously to help raise awareness about wildfire prevention. Residents across the State of Nevada and the Lake Tahoe Basin are fortunate to have had someone dedicated to working towards the betterment and protection of our state.

In addition, Mr. Swobe co-founded Nevada’s Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers (LCL) to help others struggling with alcohol addiction. For over 30 years, he dedicated his time to this program, which is available to lawyers, judges, and anyone else in the legal community in need of support. His legacy and love for Nevada, as well as his genuine concern for others, will live on for generations to come.

Throughout his life, Mr. Swobe demonstrated only the highest level of excellence and dedication while serving the Great State of Nevada. I am deeply appreciative of his hard work and invaluable contributions to our state. Today, I join citizens across the Silver State in celebrating the life of an upstanding Nevadan, Coe Swobe.

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