May 12, 2011 |
The Senate Ethics Committee says it has found "substantial and credible evidence" that former Nevada Sen. John Ensign may have violated campaign finance and lobbying laws and has referred its findings to the Justice Department. Committee Chairman Sen. Barbara Boxer said Thursday that the committee voted unanimously to release its preliminary report on a sex and lobbying scandal that dogged the Nevada senator for nearly two years before he resigned earlier this month. The report alleges that a 20-month investigation of Ensign and his associates found evidence that the senator, in the fallout from an extramarital affair, made false or misleading statements to the Federal Election Commission, conspired to help an aide violate the law, accepted illegal campaign contributions and "engaged in potential obstruction of justice.
May 9, 2011 |
Dean Heller was sworn in as Nevada's new U.S. senator on Monday, taking the seat left vacant by John Ensign after his resignation last week. Vice President Biden returned to the Capitol to administer the oath to Heller, a Republican who had served in the House representing Nevada's 2nd District since 2007. Republican Gov. Brian Sandoval announced April 27 that he was appointing Heller to finish Ensign's term, which runs through January 2013. Ensign's resignation took effect May 3. Heller already had announced his candidacy in the 2012 Senate election before Ensign decided to step down rather than continue facing an ethics investigation stemming from his affair with a campaign aide.
April 28, 2011 |
Rep. Dean Heller was appointed Wednesday to replace Nevada's scandal-stained Sen. John Ensign, giving Republicans a leg up on a seat both sides are eyeing as vital to control of the Senate after 2012. The selection of Heller by his fellow Republican, Gov. Brian Sandoval, was no surprise. Heller had announced plans to run for Ensign's seat in 2012, and the governor was quick to endorse him. The appointment came less than a week after Ensign abruptly announced his resignation amid a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into corruption charges arising from an extramarital affair and payments made to a former aide.
April 27, 2011 |
Rep. Dean Heller, a third-term Reno lawmaker, was appointed Wednesday to fill the seat of retiring Nevada Sen. John Ensign. "The people of Nevada deserve a new senator who can begin work immediately," Gov. Brian Sandoval said of his fellow Republican. "Too many important issues face our state and our nation to name a caretaker to this important position. Nevada needs an experienced voice in Washington, DC. " Sandoval took less than a week to replace Ensign, who abruptly resigned amid a Senate Ethics Committee investigation into corruption charges arising from an extramarital affair and payments made to a former top aide.
April 22, 2011 |
Nevada Sen. John Ensign, facing an ethics investigation stemming from his affair with a campaign aide, will resign Friday, his office announced. The senator's decision was met with a collective sigh of relief — and little surprise — in his home state, where Ensign's scandals have dominated headlines for nearly two years. Ensign, a Republican, had announced in March that he would not seek a third term in 2012, saying he wanted to spare his family from an "exceptionally ugly" campaign.
March 8, 2011 |
Dogged by an extramarital affair, a Senate ethics investigation and lackluster fundraising, Nevada Sen. John Ensign announced Monday he would retire in 2012. The two-term Republican said he wanted to spare his family from an "exceptionally ugly" race that was sure to rehash Ensign's dalliance with his top aide's wife. "There are consequences to sin, and when you're in a leadership role, those consequences can affect a lot of other people," he said. Ensign spoke at the same Las Vegas courthouse where he apologized in 2009 for the affair with the wife of Doug Hampton.