Marilyn Dondero Loop has dedicated her life to creating a better Nevada for our families and kids. A lifelong educator, Marilyn touched the lives of countless number of kids in Southern Nevada as a teacher, but she is also a mom and grandmother who has worked tirelessly as a public servant to make Nevada a better place to live.
A native of Las Vegas with deep roots in our community, Marilyn grew up in a large working class family dedicated to public service. Marilyn’s parents taught her and her brothers and sister the importance of giving back to their community at an early age. Marilyn’s mother and father were both shining examples of Nevadans who did all they could to improve their state through education and public service. Their passion inspired Marilyn to follow in their footsteps to create a better Nevada.
From her late father, Harvey N. Dondero, Marilyn inherited a deep commitment to education. Harvey dedicated his life as an educator in Clark County – first as a teacher and then as a longtime Assistant Superintendent. The community honored his service by naming Harvey N. Dondero Elementary School after him, where Marilyn taught for many years.
Marilyn’s mother, Thalia Dondero, was the first woman elected to the Clark County Commission, serving with distinction for 20 years; before she went on to join the University of Nevada System Board of Regents.
Growing up under the example of her parents, Marilyn was always told: “sitting on the sidelines is not an option.” That’s why Marilyn became a lifelong educator in her own right, and carried on the family’s tradition of public service as a Nevada State Assemblywoman.
Marilyn graduated from Las Vegas High School. She then went on to earn her B.S. in Elementary Education and her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. During her undergraduate years at UNLV, Marilyn was a Rebel cheerleader – which instilled her immense pride for Southern Nevada.
For three decades, Marilyn worked as an educator at several Clark County elementary schools – teaching kindergarten through third grade, and working as a librarian. Many of the children she taught are now parents themselves and have their own children attending schools in Senate District 8.
While teaching, Marilyn also found time to mentor new teachers and work on education and community projects. In 2001 she was awarded the Southwest Region Teaching Star award for her commitment to education. She also served on the Board of Directors of Spread the Word Nevada, an organization dedicated to improving literacy at all levels in our State.
As a Nevada Assemblywoman, Marilyn fought for Southern Nevada and passed common sense legislation to reduce class sizes, improve the teacher licensure system, and get more dollars to the classroom where they belong. She also fought tirelessly to protect Nevada’s kids from predators and is very proud of her work to fight human trafficking.
Marilyn raised three daughters and now is fortunate to have three grandchildren who are her pride and joy. They are the reason Marilyn wants to continue fighting to make Nevada a better place to live, work, raise a family, and retire. She hopes she will instill the same importance of giving back to the community to her own children and grandchildren as her parents did for her.