LAS VEGAS (AP) — Thalia Dondero, the first woman elected to the powerful Clark County Commission governing the Las Vegas area, has died.

She was 96.

The Clark County Coroner’s office on Monday confirmed that the longtime Las Vegas leader and one-time commission chairwoman died Sunday of heart failure.

Dondero was first elected Clark County Commissioner in 1974 and served for more than two decades.

During her tenure, she oversaw a McCarran International Airport expansion and flood control projects.

She was also later elected to the Nevada System of Higher Education Board of Regents and served on the Las Vegas Valley Water District Board.

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