State Senate honors 101-year-old ex-legislator Wilbur Faiss

CARSON CITY — Wilbur Faiss, at a spritely 101 years old, is being honored by the Nevada Senate for his distinguished service to the state and his life achievements.

The Senate on Thursday passed a resolution commemorating Faiss, who served two terms in the Senate from 1976 to 1984.

The resolution was part of Alumni Day, when former legislators were recognized in chambers.

Faiss, thought to be the nation’s oldest living former legislator, said one of his proudest moments was voting for the Equal Rights Amendment in 1977. That measure was approved by the state Senate but rejected in the Assembly.

Faiss and his wife, Theresa, were married for 79 years before she died in 2012.

He said in life, politics or marriage, it’s important to compromise.

Faiss is a lifelong Democrat. His wife was Republican.

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