Brian Sandoval was elected Governor of Nevada on November 2, 2010 and was sworn in on January 3, 2011. Governor Sandoval comes to his office after a long career in public service. He was appointed United States District Judge for the District of Nevada by President George W. Bush in October 2005, becoming the state’s first Hispanic federal judge. He was elected Attorney General of Nevada in 2002.
Prior to his election as Attorney General, Sandoval served as a member and chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission, which oversees Nevada’s gaming industry. At age 35, Sandoval was the youngest person ever to serve as the state’s chief gaming regulator. He also served for three years as Nevada’s at-large member of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency (“TRPA”) Governing Board. The TRPA is a bi-state agency that governs land use policies at Lake Tahoe.
Before his Gaming Commission and TRPA appointments, Sandoval served two terms in the Nevada Assembly where he served on the Judiciary, Taxation and Natural Resources Committees and sponsored 14 bills that became law. As a legislator, he also served on the Nevada Legislative Commission, the Advisory Commission on Sentencing, the Juvenile Justice Commission, the Advisory Council on Community Notification of Sex Offenders and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Oversight Committee.
As a private practitioner, Sandoval had a varied law practice, where he engaged in litigation, administrative and adoption matters. Throughout his career, Sandoval has received several awards and certificates, including the Hispanics in Politics’ 1996 “Broche de Oro Award,” the Anti-Defamation League’s 2003 “Torch of Liberty Award,”
the Nevada State Bar’s 2004 “Access to Justice Public Lawyer Award,” the Latino Coalition’s 2004 “Most Influential Hispanic in the U.S. Award,” the 2004 University of Nevada “Alumnus of the Year Award,” and the “Excellence in Leadership Award” from the Latino Coalition in 2010.
Governor Sandoval received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nevada in 1986 and his law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1989.
Governor Sandoval and his wife, Kathleen, have three children. Governor Sandoval enjoys running, traveling and spending time with his family.