Like many Americans, Danny’s family came to America to escape oppression. His grandmother, Rose, survived the Armenian Genocide and fled to the promise of a safer, brighter future for her family in the United States.
Rose came to America with little money and could not speak a word of English. She persevered through the early death of her husband and made it through the Great Depression. Her son Jerry married Danny’s mother, Lois, who founded the first private school for deaf children in California and currently serves the southern Nevada community as a member of the Las Vegas City Council.
Danny was born on December 18, 1961. He attended Bishop Gorman High School in Las Vegas where he excelled in both academics and sports. It’s where he developed the “competitive nature” he’s carried with him throughout his life.
After one year of junior college at Dixie Junior College in Southern Utah, Danny moved back to Las Vegas. He enrolled at UNLV where he again not only excelled in athletics – serving at the basketball team’s point guard and captain – but academics, as well. He was the school’s first Rhodes Scholar candidate, was twice named First-Team Academic All-American by the NCAA and graduated with high honors.
Danny understood the importance sports have in developing the life skills necessary for success. As a result, he founded the nonprofit Tarkanian Basketball Academy which teaches hundreds of kids the life lessons they learn through playing sports.
Danny went on to graduate magna cum laude from the University of San Diego School of Law despite having no legal background and no family history in law. Still, he graduated third out of a class of 254, demonstrating that you can accomplish anything you want if you just put their mind to it and are willing to do the work.
Danny practiced law for seven years, including three as the founder of his own law firm where he experienced first-hand all the problems, roadblocks and headaches government creates for job creators and entrepreneurs.
Man Of Many Talents
Man Of Many Talents
After his dad became head coach at Fresno State, Danny took him up on an offer to be one of his assistant coaches before eventually moving back to Las Vegas and getting involved in commercial real estate.
Like many Nevadans, he suffered some serious financial setbacks during the Great Recession. But his Tarkanian Professional Center – a 100,000 foot commercial business center – not only survived but is today 100% leased. So Danny understands full well that success in America isn’t whether or not you get knocked down, but whether or not you get back up.
In 2001 Danny married Amy and they have four children – Lois (named after his mom), Ava, Ashley and Jerry (named after his dad).
Together they are also involved in a number of charities in Nevada, including Hope for Prisoners (helps newly-released prisoners return to society), Team Focus (helps fatherless boys) and the Tark Toy Drive (pediatric stroke awareness).
While detractors love to criticize Danny for refusing to give up, quitting simply isn’t in his DNA. His dad never gave up – and ultimately succeeded in winning the NCAA’s Final Four College Basketball Championship at UNLV in 1990. As Winston Churchill so eloquently put it…
“Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never – in nothing, great or small, large or petty – never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense. Never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”
Again, it’s not how many times you get knocked down; it’s whether or not you get back up.
Danny is the only Republican CD3 candidate who is endorsed by President Donald J. Trump.