Brian Sandoval

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Brian Sandoval
Brian Sandoval 2010.jpg
29th Governor of Nevada
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2011
Lieutenant Brian Krolicki
Preceded by Jim Gibbons
Judge of the District Court for the District of Nevada
In office
October 26, 2005 – September 15, 2009
Nominated by George W. Bush
Preceded by Howard McKibben
Succeeded by Gloria Navarro
30th Attorney General of Nevada
In office
January 6, 2003 – October 26, 2005
Governor Kenny Guinn
Preceded by Frankie Sue Del Papa
Succeeded by George Chanos
Chairman of the Gaming Commission of Nevada
In office
April 28, 1999 – August 1, 2001
Nominated by Kenny Guinn
Preceded by Bill Curran
Succeeded by Peter Bernhard
Member of the Gaming Commission of Nevada
In office
April 23, 1998 – August 1, 2001
Nominated by Bob Miller
Preceded by Deborah Griffin
Succeeded by Peter Bernhard
Member of the Nevada Assembly
from the 25th district
In office
January 3, 1994 – April 23, 1998
Preceded by Jim Gibbons
Succeeded by Dawn Gibbons
Personal details
Born Brian Edward Sandoval
(1963-08-05) August 5, 1963 (age 51)
Redding, California, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Kathleen Teipner
Children James
Madeline
Marisa
Residence Reno, Nevada, U.S. (1998–present, personal)
Governor's Mansion (2011–present, while in office)
Alma mater Ohio State University
University of Nevada, Reno
Profession Judge and prosecutor
Religion Roman Catholicism
Signature
Website Official website

Brian Edward Sandoval (born August 5, 1963) is the 29th and current Governor of the U.S. state of Nevada[1] and a member of the Republican Party. Sandoval is a former judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada. In June 2010, Sandoval defeated his GOP challengers (including incumbent governor Jim Gibbons) to win the Republican nomination for the 2010 Gubernatorial election.

Prior to his service as a federal judge, he served as the Nevada Attorney General, the youngest chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission and a state legislator. Sandoval was also the first Hispanic candidate elected to statewide office in Nevada.[2]

Early life, education, and law career[edit]

Sandoval was born in Redding, California, to Ron Sandoval, an FAA maintenance supervisor, and his wife Gloria (Gallegos) Sandoval, a legal secretary.[3][4] A long-time resident of Reno, his family is of Mexican ancestry.[5] Sandoval graduated from Bishop Manogue High School in Reno in 1981, and attended the University of Nevada, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and earned a Bachelor's Degree in English and economics in 1986.[6][7] He then went on to earn a law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1989.[7]

After completing his law degree, Sandoval passed the Nevada and California bar exams on his first try and entered private practice with several Reno law firms.[7] In 1999, he opened his own law firm in Reno.[7]

Nevada Assembly[edit]

Elections[edit]

When incumbent Republican Jim Gibbons decided to retire to run for Governor of Nevada in 1994, Sandoval ran for the Reno-based 25th District of the Nevada Assembly. He won the open seat and won re-election in 1996. After he resigned from his seat in 1998, Gibbons' wife Dawn Gibbons, won the open seat.[7]

Tenure[edit]

Sandoval sponsored 14 bills that became law—including bills that prevented felons from suing victims if they are injured committing a crime, increased the penalties for operating a boat under the influence, and allowed indigent defendants to perform community service to defray their legal costs.[8][9]

Committee assignments[edit]

Sandoval served on the Judiciary, Taxation and Natural Resources Committees. 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.[8]

Nevada Gaming Commission[edit]

In 1998 Sandoval was appointed to serve as a member of the Nevada Gaming Commission, which oversees the state's gaming industry.[8] The following year, at the age of 35, Sandoval became the youngest person ever to serve as chairman of the gaming commission.[5][8] During his time on the commission, Sandoval fought national efforts to block gambling on college sports events, worked on regulations limiting neighborhood gaming and worked for regulations prohibiting slot machines with themes attractive to children.[9]

Nevada Attorney General[edit]

2002 election[edit]

Sandoval announced his bid on October 11, 2001 to succeed three-term Democrat Frankie Sue Del Papa who was not eligible to run for re–election as Nevada Attorney General due to lifetime term limits established by the Nevada Constitution in 1996.[9] His primary major party opposition was Democratic attorney John Hunt from Las Vegas, who Sandoval defeated by a margin of 58.32% to 33.63% on November 5, 2002.[7][10] Sandoval took office on January 6, 2003.[11]

Tenure[edit]

While Attorney General, Sandoval led the state's legal fight against the storage of nuclear waste at Yucca Mountain, developed Nevada's first Public Integrity Unit and sponsored legislation strengthening Nevada's laws against domestic violence, drug abuse and human trafficking.[5][8]

As Attorney General, Sandoval was also the chairman and a member of several state boards and commissions, including the Nevada Boards of Pardons, Prisons, Transportation, and Examiners; the Cyber-Crime Task Force; the Committee on Domestic Violence, and the Prosecutorial Advisory Council.[5][8]

Federal district judge[edit]

Nomination[edit]

In the fall of 2004, Democratic Senator Harry Reid spoke with Sandoval about whether he was interested in serving as a judge for the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, and that December Reid recommended to President George W. Bush he nominate Sandoval to a future opening on that court.[12][13] Sandoval was formally nominated by President George W. Bush on March 1, 2005, to the seat being vacated by Judge Howard D. McKibben.[14]

On September 29, 2005, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a confirmation hearing on Sandoval's nomination.[15] On October 20, 2005, the Judiciary committee reported Sandoval's nomination out of committee on a voice vote.[16] Sandoval was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 24, 2005, by a vote of 89-0 (with 11 Senators not voting).[14][17] Sandoval then received his judicial commission on October 26, 2005.[14]

Tenure[edit]

Judge Sandoval announced his resignation as Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada on August 15, 2009, to become effective beginning September 15, 2009.[18] On the same day as his resignation became official, Sandoval announced he was running for the Governorship.

Sandoval's chambers were in the Bruce R. Thompson Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse in Reno.[5][19][20]

Governor of Nevada[edit]

2010 election[edit]

In the general election, Sandoval won 53%-41%,[21] against Democrat Rory Reid, the Clark County Commissioner and son of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid. He won every county in the state, and all with a majority except Clark County which Mr. Sandoval won with a plurality. (49%-47%).

Tenure[edit]

Sandoval, as the state's 29th Governor, proposed a $5.8 billion 2011 budget without any new taxes. It could cause as many as 361 layoffs and 5% pay reductions for state workers. It also included a 5% cut in primary education and 7% cut in higher education.[22] Sandoval is turning down his pay raise that would have increased his salary from $141,000 to $149,573 per year. He also has said he will take a 5% pay cut to coincide with every other state worker's.[23][24]

The final budget for 2011 avoided deep cuts to education and human services programs. It contained a number of reforms that include ending teacher tenure as well as the practice of deciding layoffs based solely on teacher seniority, allowing local governments to re-open employee contracts during financial emergencies as well as barring collective bargaining by supervisors, and eliminating retirement health insurance for new state employees hired after January 1, 2012.[25]

He appointed U.S. Congressman Dean Heller (R-Carson City) to become U.S. Senator, after the seat become vacant from the resignation of John Ensign.

On September 11, 2014, Sandoval signed a package of bill to provide $1.3 billion in tax breaks and other incentives for Tesla Motors in exchange for building a massive factory in the state. The factory is key to Nevada's efforts to revitalize its economy, which was hard-hit by the mortgage meltdown and the Great Recession, and has yet to fully recover.[26]

Honors and awards[edit]

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" and the 2004 University of Nevada "Alumnus of the Year Award."[8][27][28]

Personal life[edit]

Sandoval and his wife Kathleen, program director for the Children's Cabinet in Reno, have three children.[8][9]

Electoral history[edit]

Nevada Attorney General Election, 2002[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Brian Sandoval 290,471 58.32%
Democratic John Hunt 167,513 33.63%
Nevada gubernatorial election, 2010[10]
Party Candidate Votes % ±%
Republican Brian Sandoval 382,350 53.4%
Democratic Rory Reid 298,170 41.6%

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Chereb, Sandra (2009-08-14). "US Judge Sandoval resigns; return to NV politics?". Associated Press. Retrieved 2010-06-30. 
  3. ^ Drake, Bruce (2010-10-25). "How Old Is Brian Sandoval?". Politicsdaily.com. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  4. ^ Sean Whaley (2011-08-02). "Blog Archive » Gov. Brian Sandoval In Middle East To Meet With Nevada Troops, See Mission First-Hand". Nevada News Bureau. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  5. ^ a b c d e Flennoy, Mae (April 2006). "Brian Sandoval '89: Nevada's First Hispanic U.S. District Judge". This Month @ Moritz. Retrieved 2009-09-20. [dead link]
  6. ^ "Sandoval gives up seat for gaming board". Las Vegas Sun. 1998-04-24. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  7. ^ a b c d e f Morrison, Jane Ann (2002-07-15). "Race For Attorney General: Candidates state cases". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2009-09-20. [dead link]
  8. ^ a b c d e f g h "State of the Court 2006" (PDF). United States District Court for the District of Nevada. 2006. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  9. ^ a b c d Morrison, Jane Ann (2001-10-12). "Brian Sandoval announces bid for attorney general". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2009-09-20. [dead link]
  10. ^ a b c "Election Summary". Official 2002 General Election Results. Secretary of State of Nevada. Retrieved 5 August 2011. 
  11. ^ Morrison, Jane Ann; Vogel, Ed (2003-01-07). "Swearing In: Winners get to work". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2009-09-20. [dead link]
  12. ^ Myers, Dennis (2004-12-02). "Citizen Reid". Reno News & Review. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  13. ^ "Nominations of John Richard Smoak, of Florida, to be District Judget for the Northern District of Florida; Brian Edward Sandoval, of Nevada, to be District Judge for the District of Nevada; Harry Sandlin Mattice, Jr., of Tennessee, to be District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee; Margaret Mary Sweeney, of Virginia, to be a Judge for the United States Court of Federal Claims; and Thomas Craig Wheeler, of Maryland, to be a Judge for the United States Court of Federal Claims". Government Printing Office. 2005-09-29. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  14. ^ a b c "Sandoval, Brian Edward". Biographical Directory of Federal Judges. Federal Judicial Center. Retrieved 2009-09-20. [dead link]
  15. ^ "TIME CHANGE Judicial Nominations Hearing Time has been changed to 1:30 P.M.". United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. 2005-09-29. Retrieved 2009-08-24. [dead link]
  16. ^ "Executive Business Meeting". United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary. 2005-10-20. Retrieved 2009-08-24. [dead link]
  17. ^ "On the Nomination (Confirmation Brian Edward Sandoval, of Nevada, To Be United States District Judge)". U.S. Senate Roll Call Votes 109th Congress - 1st Session. Secretary of the Senate. 2005-10-24. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  18. ^ "Many expect Sandoval to challenge Gov. Gibbons". Associated Press. 2009-08-16. Retrieved 2009-09-20. 
  19. ^ "Judge List". United States District Court for the District of Nevada. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  20. ^ "U.S. District Court - District of Nevada - Home". United States District Court for the District of Nevada. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  21. ^ "NV Governor Race - Nov 02, 2010". Our Campaigns. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  22. ^ [1][dead link]
  23. ^ "2011 Nevada Legislature: Gov. Brian Sandoval reduces mansion budget | TahoeDailyTribune.com". Tahoebonanza.com. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  24. ^ Silva, Cristina (2011-01-24). "Nevada governor to give 1st State of State speech". BusinessWeek. Retrieved 2013-11-04. 
  25. ^ Sandra Chereb (2011-06-01). "Lawmakers Reach Deal on Nevada State Budget". Boston.com. Retrieved 2013-08-29. 
  26. ^ Chereb, Sandra. "Nevada Governor signs $1.3 billion tax break package for electric car maker Tesla". Reuters. Retrieved 12 September 2014. 
  27. ^ "Hispanics in politics recognizes leaders". Las Vegas Sun. 1996-04-03. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 
  28. ^ "The Latino Coalition Honors The Most Influential Hispanics During Hispanic Gala in New York". The Latino Coalition. 2004-08-24. Retrieved 2009-08-24. 

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