|29th Governor of Nevada|
January 3, 2011
|Preceded by||Jim Gibbons|
|Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada|
October 26, 2005 – September 15, 2009
|Appointed by||George W. Bush|
|Preceded by||Howard McKibben|
|Succeeded by||Gloria Navarro|
|30th Attorney General of Nevada|
January 6, 2003 – October 26, 2005
|Preceded by||Frankie Sue Del Papa|
|Succeeded by||George Chanos|
|Chairperson of the Gaming Commission of Nevada|
April 28, 1999 – August 1, 2001
|Appointed by||Kenny Guinn|
|Preceded by||Bill Curran|
|Succeeded by||Peter Bernhard|
|Member of the Gaming Commission of Nevada|
April 23, 1998 – August 1, 2001
|Appointed by||Bob Miller|
|Preceded by||Deborah Griffin|
|Succeeded by||Peter Bernhard|
|Member of the Nevada Assembly
from the 25th district
January 3, 1994 – April 23, 1998
|Preceded by||Jim Gibbons|
|Succeeded by||Dawn Gibbons|
|Born||Brian Edward Sandoval
August 5, 1963
Redding, California, U.S.
|Spouse(s)||Kathleen Teipner (1990–present)|
|Alma mater||University of Nevada, Reno
Ohio State University
Brian Edward Sandoval (// born August 5, 1963) is the 29th and current Governor of the U.S. state of Nevada and a member of the Republican Party. Sandoval is a former judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada. On June 9, 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 Attorney General of Nevada, the youngest chairman of the Gaming Commission of Nevada and a state legislator. Sandoval was also the first Hispanic candidate elected to statewide office in Nevada.
- 1 Early life, education, and law career
- 2 Nevada Assembly
- 3 Gaming Commission of Nevada
- 4 Attorney General of Nevada
- 5 Federal district judge
- 6 Governor of Nevada
- 7 Honors and awards
- 8 Personal life
- 9 Electoral history
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Early life, education, and law career
Sandoval was born in Redding, California, to Ron Sandoval, an FAA maintenance supervisor, and his wife Gloria (Gallegos) Sandoval, a legal secretary. A long-time resident of Reno, his family is of Mexican ancestry. Sandoval graduated from Bishop Manogue High School in Reno in 1981, and attended the University of Nevada, Reno, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and earned a Bachelor's Degree in English and economics in 1986. He then went on to earn a law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1989.
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. In 1999, he opened his own law firm in Reno.
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.
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.
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.
Gaming Commission of Nevada
In 1998, Sandoval was appointed to serve as a member of the Gaming Commission of Nevada, which oversees the state's gaming industry. The following year, at the age of 35, Sandoval became the youngest person ever to serve as chairman of the gaming commission. 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.
Attorney General of Nevada
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 Attorney General of Nevada due to lifetime term limits established by the Nevada Constitution in 1996. 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. Sandoval took office on January 6, 2003.
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.
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.
Federal district judge
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. Sandoval was formally nominated by President George W. Bush on March 1, 2005, to the seat being vacated by Judge Howard D. McKibben.
On September 29, 2005, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a confirmation hearing on Sandoval's nomination. On October 20, 2005, the Judiciary committee reported Sandoval's nomination out of committee on a voice vote. Sandoval was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 24, 2005, by a vote of 89-0 (with 11 Senators not voting). Sandoval then received his judicial commission on October 26, 2005.
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. On the same day as his resignation became official, Sandoval announced he was running for the Governorship.
Governor of Nevada
In the general election, Sandoval won 53%-41%, 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%).
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. 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.
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.
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.
Honors and awards
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."
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|Nevada gubernatorial election, 2010|
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- Official website
- Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval official government website
- Brian Sandoval at DMOZ
- Brian Sandoval on Facebook
- Brian Sandoval on Google+ (Alternate / Secondary)
- Brian Sandoval on Instagram
- Brian Sandoval on Pinterest
- Brian Sandoval on Twitter (Alternate)
- Brian Sandoval's channel on YouTube (Alternate)
- Brian Sandoval at the Biographical Directory of Federal Judges, a public domain publication of the Federal Judicial Center.
- Brian Sandoval profile in United States District Court for the District of Nevada's State of the Court 2006 report
- Brian Sandoval '89: Nevada's First Hispanic U.S. District Judge[dead link]