About Tick Segerblom
Tick Segerblom is a third generation Nevadan born in Boulder City. He represented Las Vegas in the Nevada Assembly from 2007 to 2013 and as a State Senator from 2013 to 2017, earning a reputation then as a staunch Progressive on issues like equal rights and cannabis legalization. Tick’s mother was also a member of the Nevada Assembly, and his grandmother and great grandfather served in the legislature too, making him a fourth generation Nevada state representative. He is now running for a seat on the Clark County Commission as a Progressive Democrat concerned with quality of life in Las Vegas.
In addition to working as a lawyer, for many years Tick has focused on improving opportunities and lifestyles of people in southern Nevada. He believes Clark County should plan more precisely for the kind of metropolis it wants to be in ten years. Insuring that the economic growth coincides with investments in education and better living standards—clean air, sustainable building, adequate law enforcement and social services, public transit and parks—are his goals. He aims to pressure government to improve the daily lives of its residents and consider environmental challenges such as climate change while also nurturing new industries like tech and recreational cannabis, in addition to our tourism sector.
The range of projects he has worked on also reflects his interest in protecting quality of life in southern Nevada.
Spearheading bills to make Nevada the gold standard for medical then recreational marijuana earned Segerblom national attention, with profiles in Vice and Quartz. Though not a frequent cannabis user himself, Tick feels strongly that including marijuana in the war on drugs was a mistake. He is a veteran of President Jimmy Carter’s campaigns and fondly remembers seeing West Wing staff smoke pot on the White House roof. For decades, marijuana has been an unnecessary criminal justice problem and a missed opportunity for government revenue; shepherding legal cannabis into law in Nevada is one of Tick’s proudest achievements.
As a lawyer, Segerblom specializes in employment law, helping workers file suits for fair labor practices. Among his clients have been Clark County School District teaches whose concern with poor public school funding he shares. He was recognized for his work on behalf of Nevada’s working class by the American Civil Liberties Union’s (ACLU) in 1992 as the “Civil Libertarian of the Year”. He received the Nevada State American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organization’s (AFL-CIO)’s “Friend to Nevada’s Working Families Award” in 2006.
The range of projects he has worked on also reflects his interest in protecting quality of life in southern Nevada. From 1991 to 1995 he was part of the Las Vegas Planning Commission, dealing with city zoning and mapping. Then he was a member—and chair—of the Las Vegas Historic Preservation Commission, working to maintain architecture of historical relevance from 1996 to 2000. He has shown himself willing to fight for the residents of this city by working to preserve such important landmarks as the Las Vegas National Golf Course from development.
During his tenure representing District 9 of the Nevada Assembly, and Senate District 3 after that, he also served on the Clark County Legal Aid Society board and as legal counsel to the Nevada Faculty Alliance.
He worked as a rafting guide in Colorado after graduating from Pomona College in California.
Whenever able, Tick likes to get out to explore Nevada’s amazing parks. He worked as a rafting guide in Colorado after graduating from Pomona College in California with a philosophy degree. And while attending the University of Denver law school he frequently returned to the Colorado River.
Tick went on to serve in the White House Personnel Office for President Carter in 1977. When Segerblom returned to Nevada, he was appointed by Governor Richard Bryan to the Colorado River Commission, on which he served from 1988 until 1990. He was elected State Chair of the Nevada Democratic Party from 1990 to 1994. And in 2016 he was a vocal supporter for Bernie Sanders presidential campaign.
He currently lives in Las Vegas with his wife and kids.