Susan Lynn Collection on Jim Santini's Rural Tour Campaign

Identifier: 2016-23

Scope and Contents

The collection contains various campaign materials from the desk of Susan Lynn covering Jim Santini’s 1986 Rural Nevada Tour. The tour supported Santini’s run for Senate as a Republican against Democrat Harry Reid. Key items include daily itineraries, county-specific steering committee contacts, and campaign preparation materials.


  • 1974-1986


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research. Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Historical Note

Susan Lynn served as the Rural Counties Representative for Congressman Jim Santini in 1986 when he changed political parties to run for the U.S. Senate as a Republican. Susan Lynn was well known in the Reno and Truckee Meadows Community. After obtaining a Master's Degree in Planning from the University of Oregon, Lynn went on to start Public Resource Associates (PRA) with John Livermore. As the executive director of PRA, Lynn assumed most of the organization's major responsibilities. She held this position until PRA closed its doors in 2012. During her tenure with PRA, Lynn worked on a number of projects that dealt with a variety of environmental issues, conducting extensive research and coauthoring multiple studies and reports.

Lynn was involved in a number of community organizations and local government committees. She served as a member of the State Multiple Use Advisory Committee, the Reno Downtown River Corridor Committee, the Washoe County Regional Water Planning Commission, the Truckee River Flood Project as well as other committees and organizations. Additionally, Lynn founded and served as the "commodore" of the Truckee River Yacht Club for 12 years, and held positions on the board of directors for the Nevada Women's Fund, the Desert Trails Association, the Mono Lake Committee, and Great Basin Land and Water.

Lynn's ties to Nevada's rural communities were helpful in her position a Rural Counties Representative for Congressman Jim Santini. Santini was elected to the U. S. Congress as Nevada's sole representative in 1974. Originally a Democrat, he went on to be re-elected three more times and served until January 3, 1983. In 1982, the increased population in Nevada led to reapportionment that created an additional Congressional seat. However, instead of running for a fifth term as Representative, Santini was an unsuccessful candidate for Senate in 1982. Susan Lynn aided his campaign as he ran for Senate again in 1986 as a Republican and lost to Democrat Harry Reid.


2 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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Jim Santini, after having served as a Democrat in the House of Representatives for Nevada, switched parties to run as a Republican for the U. S. Senate against Harry Reid in 1986. Susan Lynn served as his campaign manager. The collection contains Lynn's materials created and collected during her work as campaign manager for Santini's rural tour.


Arranged in the following series: 1) Campaign Operations; 2) Correspondence; 3) Steering Committees and Response Teams; 4) Media and Political Contacts; 5) Daily Itineraries and Special Events

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated by Susan Lynn in November 2016.

Related Materials

Related archival materials held by the UNR Special Collections Department:

Processing Information

The collection was donated in two un-numbered boxes containing Pendaflex and legal sized folders. During processing were removed from Pendaflex folders. Folders containing similar materials were grouped.


Guide to the Susan Lynn Collection on Jim Santini's Rural Tour Campaign
Emily Fisher and Jessica Maddox
February 2019
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Repository Details

Part of the University of Nevada, Reno. Special Collections Department Repository

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