Staff Snapshots | Cesar Melgarejo
Dec. 15, 2021 | State Legislatures News | Print
Hometown: Guadalajara, Mexico
Role: As a senior policy analyst with Nevada’s Legislative Counsel Bureau, he provides research and in-depth policy analysis to legislators, legislative committees and constituents.
Years of legislative service: Four in February
One thing he loves about his state: “All the open desert where I can let my dogs run free and go off-roading.”
Why did you choose to work at the legislature?
After my service in the Army, I became involved in several organizations that developed legislation to increase veterans services in Nevada. This work sparked my interest in the policymaking process and motivated me to pursue a master’s degree in public policy. However, the nonpartisan role and responsibility to provide legislators with the facts is what drew me to work at the Legislature.
What skill or talent are you most proud of?
My research skills are what I feel are my strong suit. Although I took several detours, I remember working on research projects in high school and thinking that this was what I wanted to do.
What’s the best advice you were ever given?
“Have a go-with-the-flow attitude” and “Pain is only temporary”—two pieces of advice I received before going to Army basic training. This advice has helped me with everything else after basic training and still applies.
Who or what inspires you?
I am inspired by my parents to work hard and make a positive impact. Coming to a new country is not easy, but seeing my dad work multiple jobs while getting his GED and then continuing to get licensed as a phlebotomist has motivated my siblings and me to work hard in everything we do.
What are you currently reading/listening to/watching?
My wife and I are currently hooked on the show “Yellowstone.” Each new episode keeps us on the edge of our seats. I regularly listen to a variety of podcasts and lately I’ve been catching up on episodes of “Revisionist History,” by Malcom Gladwell.
This interview has been edited for length and clarity.
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