36 Facts About Danny Tarkanian


Daniel George John Tarkanian was born on December 18,1961 and is an American attorney, businessman and perennial candidate for elective office.


In 2020, Danny Tarkanian finally won his first office, being elected to the Douglas County Commission.


Danny Tarkanian filed to run for the US Senate against incumbent Dean Heller in the 2018 Republican primary, but later withdrew to run for the United States House of Representatives in Nevada's 3rd congressional district, winning the nomination and then losing the general election to Democrat Susie Lee.


In 2020, Danny Tarkanian was elected as a member of the County Commission for Douglas County, population 46,997.


Danny Tarkanian defeated incumbent Commissioner Dave Nelson in the Republican primary election and was unopposed in the general election.


Danny Tarkanian was born in Redlands, California, the third of four children.


Danny Tarkanian is the son of Jerry Tarkanian, a prominent University of Nevada Las Vegas basketball coach, and Lois Tarkanian, a Las Vegas City Councilwoman, educator of children with disabilities, administrator, and a co-founder for California's first private school for the deaf.


Danny Tarkanian grew up in three different California cities, as his father progressed in his professional career.


Danny Tarkanian attended Hyde Park Junior High School in Las Vegas and later the Bishop Gorman High School.


Danny Tarkanian was named the school's Male Freshman of the Year.


Danny Tarkanian then transferred to UNLV, where he was coached by his father.


At UNLV, Danny Tarkanian was twice named First-Team Academic All-American by the CoSIDA.


Danny Tarkanian was drafted by the San Antonio Spurs in the 1984 NBA Draft in Round 8, but did not make the team.


Danny Tarkanian passed the Nevada Bar Exam and practiced law for eight years, four as proprietor of his own firm.


In 1995, Jerry Tarkanian became the head coach for the Fresno State Bulldogs basketball team at Fresno State, where Danny joined his father as an assistant coach.


Danny Tarkanian moved back to Las Vegas following his father's retirement in 2002.


Danny Tarkanian started a real estate investment business and he co-founded the Tarkanian Basketball Academy.


On May 4,2004, Tarkanian filed to run in Nevada's 11th Senate district against incumbent Michael A Schneider.


Former assistant US Attorney Leif Reid, son of Nevada US Senator Harry Reid, testified that Danny Tarkanian was not part of the investigation into the telemarketing companies.


In December 2005, Danny Tarkanian announced his second bid for public office, this time a statewide election for Nevada Secretary of State.


Danny Tarkanian defeated Brian Scroggins in the Republican primary and faced Democratic nominee Ross Miller, the son of former Nevada governor Bob Miller in the general election.


In 2009, Danny Tarkanian announced that he would run against Democratic US Senator Harry Reid.


Angle won the nomination with Danny Tarkanian finishing third in the field.


Danny Tarkanian faced Democratic State Senate majority leader Steven Horsford in the general election.


Danny Tarkanian filed to run for NSHE Regent on March 14,2014 and withdrew on March 25,2014 citing that he did not want to oppose a family friend, attorney Trevor Hayes.


Danny Tarkanian ran to represent Nevada's 3rd congressional district in the 2016 election.


Danny Tarkanian won the Republican primary in June 2016, and faced Democrat Jacky Rosen in the November 2016 general election.


Danny Tarkanian sued Rosen after the election for defamation and the case is currently pending.


Danny Tarkanian gained the support of Steve Bannon, the executive chairman for Breitbart News.


In October 2017, Danny Tarkanian was photographed with brothel owner Dennis Hof at a county fair.


On March 16,2018, hours before the filing deadline and at the request of President Trump, Danny Tarkanian announced that he would be withdrawing from the Senate race and would instead run for Nevada's 3rd congressional district.


Danny Tarkanian had seven times as much campaign funding as any of his primary opponents as of mid-April 2018.


Danny Tarkanian ran against incumbent Republican Dave Nelson for District 1 of the Douglas County Commission, which includes the town of Gardnerville.


Danny Tarkanian ran unopposed in the general election as no Democrat filed, making his primary victory tantamount to election.


Danny Tarkanian was a candidate for Nevada's 2nd congressional district in the 2022 election, unsuccessfully challenging Republican incumbent Mark Amodei.


In 2011, Amy Danny Tarkanian was elected chairwoman of the Nevada Republican Party, served about eight months, and resigned in February 2012 during her husband's primary campaign.