Dema Lane Guinn
Photo Credit:
Nevada State Library
& Archives

Governor Kenny Guinn (1999 – 2006)

The information below has been compiled from a variety of sources. If the reader has access to information that can be documented and that will correct or add to this woman’s biographical information, please contact the Nevada Women’s History Project.

At A Glance:

Born: 1938
Maiden Name: Dema Lane
Race/Nationality/Ethnic Background: Caucasian
Married: 7 July 1956 (Reno, NV)
Children: Jeffrey, Steven
Primary City and County of Residence and Work:
Reno NV, Las Vegas NV
Major Fields of Work: First Lady
Other Role Identities: Wife, Mother, Civic Activist


  • “Guinn family comes first.” Las Vegas Review Journal 15 Feb. 1981. sec. A:3. Print.
  • “Guinn give different flavor to governor’s mansion.” lasvegassun.com. Las Vegas Sun 29 Dec. 1998. Web. 22 July 2010.
  • Foyt: Elizabeth. “Elegant Tea Party Honors Nevada’s First Ladies.” Las Vegas Sun 27 Oct. 1999, sec. E:7. Print.
  • “Partners in Office and Life.” Las Vegas Review Journal 3 Jan 1999, sec. B: 1 ,4, 6. Print.
  • “Bryans, Dema Guinn will be honored.” Community briefs for December 14, 2000. lasvegassun.com. Las Vegas Sun. 14 Dec. 2000. Web. 22 July 2010.
  • “Fun-raiser set for statue in D.C..” Community briefs for Nov. 7, 2003. lasvegssun.com. Las Vegas. 7 Nov. 2003. Web. 19 Aug. 2010.
  • Foyt, Elizabeth. “Monet preview raises funs for children.” lasvegassun.com. Las Vegas Sun. 4 Feb. 2004. Web 17 Aug 2010.
  • “On the Scene: Junior League honors Nevada’s first ladies at champagne luncheon.” Lasvegasreviewjournal.com. Las Vegas Review Journal. 10 Feb. 2005. Web. 19 Aug. 2010.
  • Sebelius, Steve. “Me-OW, baby!” blogslasvegascitylife.com. Stephens Media. 27 Sept 2005. Web. 19 Aug. 2010.
  • “Political prime time.” Editorial. lasvegassun.com. Las Vegas Sun. 15 Oct 2005. Web. 22 July 2010.
  • Sisco, Scott. “Fashion Fever Through History.” State of Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs. 24 Aug. 2005. gov.state.nv.us/PR_archive. Web. 22 July 2010.
  • Dornan, Geoff. “Mansion decorated by first lady, volunteers.” Nevadaappeal.com. Nevada Appeal. 14 Dec. 2006. Web. 1 Sept. 2010.
  • “Humbug or true holiday spirit?” Editorial. lasvegassun.com. Las Vegas Sun. 23 Dec. 2005. Web. 22 July 2010.
  • “Nevada Mammovan and Dema Guinn Fund receive Generous Donation.” gov.state.nv.us. Document no longer available at website. Copy included in vertical files of Nevada Homen’s History Project, “Biographies: First Ladies: Guinn, Dema.”
  • “Guinns happily put ‘wonderful experience’ backbiting behind them.” Las Vegas Review Journal 23 Dec. 2006, sec. B: 1 Print.
  • “Guinns move into new Reno home, buy time share in a private jet.” lasvegassun.com. Las Vegas Sun. 3 Jan. 2007. Web. 22 July 2010.
  • Ralston, Jon. “Flashpoint for Jan 15, 2007.” lasvegassun.com. Las Vegas Sun. 15 Jan. 2007. 22 July 2010.
  • Ryan, Cy. “Dema Guinn museum concourse dedicated.” lasvegassun.com. Las Vegas Sun. 19 June 2009. Web. 22 July 2010.
  • “First ladies do a lot.” blogslasvegascitylife.com. Stephens Media. 31 Dec. 2009. Web. 19 Aug. 2010.
  • Morrison, Jane Ann. “Dema Guinn Speaks for first time since husband and former governor’s death.” lasvegasreviewjournal.com. Las Vegas. 25 July 2010. Web. 19 Aug. 2010.
  • Nylen, Robert A., and Guy Louis Rocha. “Dema (Lane) Guinn.” State of Nevada-the Historical Governor’s Mansion. Carson City, Nevada: Dema Guinn, the Nevada Commission on Tourism, Nevada Magazine, and the Nevada Department of Cultural Affairs, 2005. 48. Print.
  • George, Steve, Linda Law and John Trent. “Nevada First Lady Dema Guinn.” MOVING NEVADA INTO THE 21ST CENTURY; GOVERNOR KENNY C. GUINN, 1999-2006-AN EXECUTIVE SUMMARY. Carson City, Nevada: Nevada State Printing Office, 2006. 95-99. Print.
  • Harpster, Jack. “The Migrant Worker’s Son: Governor Kenneth Guinn.” 100 Years in the Nevada Governor’s Mansion. Las Vegas, NV: Stephens Press, LLC, 2009. 214-226. Print.
  • Myers, Laura. “First ladies share lives, laughs.” Las Vegas Review Journal 12 January 2014. sec B:1, B:10. Print.