Secretary Barbara Cegavske has lived in Nevada since 1974. Even though she came from a humble background in Faribault, Minnesota and received her education in neighboring Rochester, she has long considered Nevada her home. She is immensely grateful for the many opportunities that have presented themselves since she moved here.
Nevada is where Barbara Cegavske met and subsequently married Tim 38 years ago. They were blessed with two sons, Adam and Bret, who were born and raised in Las Vegas. They attended public schools in Las Vegas graduating from Bonanza High School. Both Adam and Bret graduated from UNR and UNLV respectively and are now raising their own families in Las Vegas. Barbara and Tim are now the proud grandparents of six grandchildren.
Secretary Barbara Cegavske’s parents were small business owners. After school and during the summer vacations, Barbara and her siblings all helped the family business. This was her introduction to business and the free market system. The first-hand knowledge learned was to be a tremendous asset when she and Tim became owners of a 7-Eleven franchise. During the 13 successful years they ran the franchise, they faced the same challenges that all small business owners face on a daily basis. It was an amazing and enjoyable experience to serve their customers, make payroll each week, and serve their community. They also learned of some of the onerous regulations in place that put burdens and disincentives to grow and thrive.
Secretary Cegavske’s journey subsequently directed her toward public service. Having won seven elections, she was fortunate to serve Nevadans in both the State Assembly and the State Senate, as well as Nevada Secretary of State. The experience and wealth of information gained has been crucial for the office of Secretary of State.
Secretary Cegavske remains steadfast in the ideal of public service and plans to continue to bring the combined knowledge of sound business judgment and legislative expertise, that she has exemplified during her tenure as Nevada Secretary of State.