Meet Nevada District 17 State Senator James Settelmeyer:

James Settelmeyer has the experience of walking and working the halls at the capital addressing state concerns for over a decade.


Work Experience

Honors and Activities

Personal  Statement

James Arnold Settelmeyer was born in Carson Tahoe hospital in 1971 to Arnold and Patricia Settelmeyer.  James is a Fourth generation Rancher in the United States.  His great-grandfather migrated to Gardnerville, NV in 1880 with his brother from West Falla, West Germany.  After working on the Allerman ranch in Gardnerville for ten years, his grandfather was able to raise the money to purchase the land.  The Settelmeyer family since this time has been prominent in agriculture, politics, and the community.

Sherese Settelmeyer, his wife, owns her own business, December Hair Design.  She was the President of the Sierra Nevada Republican Women's Club.  They have two daughters.

In High School James was very active in the Future Farmer's of America organization.  He served as both chapter and zone officers.  He also helped coach the livestock teams, as well as help the 4-H and FFA with various activities.  He graduated in 1989 from Douglas High School from a class of 180 students.  He recalls how his father said his class was 30, and his grandfathers graduating class was three.

He attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo.  While there, he was a founding father of an agricultural, academic, non alcoholic fraternity known nationally as Farmhouse.  During the summers and vacations James returned to work on the family ranch.  He graduated in the winter of 1994 with a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural education.  Since then, he has taken several courses in the legal field.

In 1998 James graduated from the Leadership Douglas County Program.  This Program taught him a great many things about the political workings of his community and state, not to mention make valuable contacts along the way.  He continues to be active with that program by facilitating the ag/environment day.                                         

In 1999 James was elected by the landowners of Carson Valley to the Conservation District.  The first year he served as the Secretary, since then he has served as the Chairman.

Through his role at the CVCD, he tried to help to pass an initiative in Douglas County for the purpose of buying development rights from willing sellers.  In order to obtain enacting legislation for such a measure, he searched and found a population specific law that could work to other counties advantage if he could get the bill amended by dropping the low end of the population cap.  With the aid of Senator Jacobsen and Assemblyman Hettrick this was accomplished.

In 2001 James was appointed by Governor Guinn to the Nevada State Conservation Commission.  He was elected as the Vice Chairmen the first year, and Chairman the second.   Once elected to the legislature in 2006, he had to vacate the position as it would be a conflict to hold an executive and legislative position.

In 2003 he won the outstanding young farmer award for Nevada, while attending the awards congress in Louisville, KY.

In 2006 he was elected by the landholders of Douglas County to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), Farm Service Agency (FSA), County Committee (COC) and resided as the Vice-Chairman.  This position is non partisan, so once elected to the legislature in 2006, he had to vacate the position.

In November of 2006 the community of Assembly District 39 elected James Settelmeyer to serve as the Assemblyman for that district.  He was placed on the Commerce and Labor, Governmental Affairs, and Election Procedures & Constitutional Amendments committees.

Through the legislative position James graduated from the National Conference of State Legislators Legislative Academy, and the Council of State Governments West Leadership Academy.

In 2008 James was appointed to the Small Business Administrations ombudsman program where he serves as Chairman for region IX

In the 2007 Interim James was appointed to serve on the Senior and Veterans study committee, as well as the Blue Ribbon Commission on Property Taxes.

In the 2009 Interim James has been appointed to serve on the Legislative Commission, Interim Finance Committee’s Subcommittee to Conduct a Review of Nevada’s Revenue Structure, and the study committee, as well as the Legislative Committee for the Review and Oversight of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency and the Marlette Lake Water System.

In 2009 James was named Citizen of the year in Carson Valley.

In the 2009 Interim James was appointed to serve on the Legislative Commission, as well as the Legislative Committee for the Review and Oversight of the Tahoe Regioanal Planning Agency and the Marlette Lake Water System.  He continues to serve on those today.

In November of 2010 the community of Senate District 17 elected James Settelmeyer to serve as Senator.  He has served on the following committees Commerce and Energy, Governmental Affairs, and Legislative operations, and Natural Rescources committees.

In the 2015 legislative session he served as Chairman of Commerce & Labor, Vice Chair of the Elections committee, member of Natural Rescources and Co-Majority whip.  He was also the Chair of the Senate Parliamentary Rules and Procedures committee.

In the 2015 Interim James was elected to serve as the Vice Chairman of the Legislative Commission.

During the 2017 he served on the following commitees, Commerce & Labor, Commerce & Labor Subcommittee on Energy, Election and Procedures, and Natural Rescources.

In the 2017 Interim he serves on the Governors Special Committee to look at the Energy Initiative, Legislatures Interim Energy Committee, Sunset Subcommittee, Tahoe Regional Planning Assocciation & Marlette Lake oversight committee.  


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