Joyce Woodhouse has recently completed her legislative career in the Nevada State Senate after serving from 2006 through 2020. As a Senator, she advocated and sponsored legislation regarding K-12 and higher education, health care, seniors and veterans’ issues, as well as other measures requested by constituents. During her last session, she co-sponsored the revision of the 54-year-old Nevada Plan, which resulted in the Pupil-Centered Funding Plan. Over the years, she served as a member and often chaired the Senate Finance and Interim Finance Committees; Education Committee; Legislative Operations and Elections Committee; Commerce and Labor Committee; Seniors, Veterans, and Persons with Special Needs; and Health and Human Services Committee. During interims, she chaired and/or served on various study committees.
Upon moving to southern Nevada from her home state of Montana, Ms. Woodhouse served as a first-grade teacher, elementary school principal, and program administrator for the Clark County School District for 40 years. During her teaching career, she was active in her local, state, and national teachers’ organizations. In addition, she served as a member and chair of the Nevada Public Employees Retirement System for 16 and 13 years respectively.
Joyce earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education from Carroll College in Helena, Montana and a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership, both from the University of Nevada Las Vegas.