Brian Sandoval

Brian Edward Sandoval (/ˈsændəˌvɔːl/; born August 5, 1963) is an American politician and former attorney who served as the 29th Governor of Nevada from 2011 to 2019.[1] A member of the Republican Party, Sandoval is a former United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.

On June 9, 2010, he defeated 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 30th 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.[2]

On January 8, 2019, Sandoval joined MGM Resorts International as President of Global Gaming Development under CEO James Murren.[3][4]

Brian Sandoval
Brian Sandoval 2010
29th Governor of Nevada
In office
January 3, 2011 – January 7, 2019
LieutenantBrian Krolicki
Mark Hutchison
Preceded byJim Gibbons
Succeeded bySteve Sisolak
Chair of the National Governors Association
In office
July 16, 2017 – July 21, 2018
Preceded byTerry McAuliffe
Succeeded bySteve Bullock
Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada
In office
October 26, 2005 – September 15, 2009
Appointed byGeorge W. Bush
Preceded byHoward D. McKibben
Succeeded byGloria Navarro
30th Attorney General of Nevada
In office
January 6, 2003 – October 26, 2005
GovernorKenny Guinn
Preceded byFrankie Sue Del Papa
Succeeded byGeorge Chanos
Chair of the Nevada Gaming Commission
In office
April 28, 1999 – August 1, 2001
Appointed byKenny Guinn
Preceded byBill Curran
Succeeded byPeter Bernhard
Member of the Nevada Gaming Commission
In office
April 23, 1998 – August 1, 2001
Appointed byBob Miller
Preceded byDeborah Griffin
Succeeded byPeter Bernhard
Member of the Nevada Assembly
from the 25th district
In office
January 3, 1994 – April 23, 1998
Preceded byJim Gibbons
Succeeded byDawn Gibbons
Personal details
Brian Edward Sandoval

August 5, 1963 (age 55)
Redding, California, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Kathleen Teipner
(m. 1990; div. 2018)

Lauralyn McCarthy (m. 2018)
Children3 (with Teipner)
EducationUniversity of Nevada, Reno (BA)
Ohio State University (JD)
Brian Sandoval's signature
WebsiteOfficial website

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.[5][6] A long-time resident of Reno, Sandoval is of Mexican ancestry.[7] Sandoval attended Reno's Little Flower School [8] and 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 of Arts degree in English and economics in 1986.[9][10] He then went on to earn a Juris Doctor from the Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1989.[10]

Sandoval passed the Nevada and California bar exams and entered private practice with several Reno law firms.[10] In 1999, he opened his own law firm in Reno.[10]

Nevada Assembly


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.[10]


Sandoval sponsored 14 bills that became law—including some 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.[11][12]

Committee assignments

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.[11]

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.[11] The following year, at the age of 35, Sandoval became the youngest person ever to serve as chairman of the gaming commission.[7][11] 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.[12]

Attorney General of Nevada

2002 election

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.[12] His primary major party opposition was Democratic attorney John Hunt from Las Vegas, whom Sandoval defeated by a margin of 58.32% to 33.63% on November 5, 2002.[10][13] Sandoval took office on January 6, 2003.[14]


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.[7][11]

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.[7][11]

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 that he nominate Sandoval to a future opening on that court.[15][16] Sandoval was formally nominated by Bush on March 1, 2005, to the seat being vacated by Judge Howard D. McKibben.[17]

On September 29, 2005, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a confirmation hearing on Sandoval's nomination.[18] On October 20, 2005, the Judiciary committee reported Sandoval's nomination out of committee on a voice vote.[19] Sandoval was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on October 24, 2005, by a vote of 89–0 (with 11 Senators not voting).[17][20] Sandoval then received his judicial commission on October 26, 2005.[17]


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.[21] 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 Courthouse and Federal Building in Reno.[7][22][23]

Governor of Nevada

2010 election

US Navy 110922-N-BF964-002 Rear Adm. John W. Miller, right, commander of the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, escorts Nevada Gov. Brian Sandova
Sandoval at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Fallon on September 22, 2011.
Governors visit to Elko Interagency Dispatch Center (7782462144)
Sandoval meets with the Interagency Fire Management Team during a visit to the Elko Interagency Dispatch Center in Elko on August 12, 2012.

In the Republican primary, Sandoval defeated incumbent Governor Jim Gibbons. In the general election, Sandoval won 53%–41%,[24] 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, where Las Vegas is the county seat, which Mr. Sandoval won with a plurality (49%–47%).

2014 election

Sandoval ran for re-election in 2014. He won the Republican primary with 90% of the vote. In the general election, Sandoval defeated Democrat Bob Goodman with over 70% of the vote.[25]


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.[26] 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.[27][28]

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.[29]

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 subsidies over 20 years for Tesla Motors in exchange for building the massive Gigafactory 1 battery factory in the state, near Reno. 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.[30] In June 2015, Sandoval signed several bills designed to overhaul Nevada's education system. The reforms substantially increased funding for public schools and grants, and created incentives to recruit more teachers and promote professional training. $10 million were appropriated for preschool programs and an expansion of full-day kindergarten across Nevada.[31]

Sandoval is widely regarded as a moderate Republican, supporting abortion rights, Obamacare, immigration reform, and renewable energy.[32]

On March 21, 2016, Sandoval met with Mark Davis (Owner of the NFL's Oakland Raiders) about moving the Raiders to Las Vegas, Nevada.

On July 12, 2016, Sandoval launched a comprehensive review of Nevada's juvenile justice system and established the Statewide Juvenile Justice Improvement Task Force. Nevada was selected to receive technical assistance from The Council of State Governments (CSG) Justice Center through a grant from the U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Following the launch, the CSG Justice Center conducted an analysis of the state's juvenile justice system and made recommendations to the task force based on its assessment.[33]

On May 17, 2017, Sandoval signed Senate Bill 201, which would ban mental health professionals from performing sexual conversion therapy on minors under the age of 18.

Solar issues

Sandoval came under criticism in 2015 by the rooftop solar industry in Nevada after claims that the Governor failed to act on a statewide net energy metering cap of 235MW. The cap stirred controversy due to its ability to negatively affect the future of the largely successful solar industry in Nevada, specifically related to the loss of thousands of in-state jobs.[34][35] A statewide study conducted by the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada previously deemed net metering a benefit to all ratepayers.[36]

At the end of July 2015, NV Energy proposed new rates for rooftop solar users. NV Energy specifically states in its proposal that the new rates could eliminate all savings for solar customers.[37]

On August 20, 2015, the controversial 235 MW net metering cap was hit.[38] Immediately before the cap was hit, Vivint Solar pulled out of the state only two weeks after entering. This resulted in lay-offs of many recently hired Nevadans, signaling the future of the industry in Nevada without net metering.[39]

An October 2015 poll, sponsored by the solar industry, found that prior to learning about these controversies, public perception of Governor Sandoval's leadership was largely favorable, with 63% of likely voters agreeing that he has been a strong leader for Nevada. However, after learning that Governor Sandoval had failed to "take a leadership position and protect the 6,000 jobs that solar energy supports in Nevada" his favorable impressions became highly negative, with 54% of likely voters taking an unfavorable view.[40] A subsequent poll of likely Republican primary voters in New Hampshire found that 56% of all likely Republican primary voters in a key swing state would not vote for Governor Sandoval for vice president in 2016 upon learning that he failed to protect solar energy in Nevada.[41]

In December 2015, a solar company operating in Nevada filed a lawsuit against Governor Brian Sandoval to compel the release of public records the Governor's office withheld. The withheld public records included text messages between the Governor and his staff with NV Energy's lobbyists. The company claims that the public has the right to know the impact those relationships have had on critical policy decisions, including the rooftop solar debate.[42]

On December 22, 2015, Governor Sandoval's Public Utilities Commission of Nevada, composed of Chairman Paul Thomsen, Commissioner David Noble and Commissioner Alaina Burtenshaw, voted to eliminate the state's net metering policy for rooftop solar. The aftermath of the decision resulted in widespread layoffs in the state and an outpouring of consumer backlash due to the direct penalization of current and future solar customers.[43][44]

Honors and awards

Sandoval has received the following awards and certificates: the Hispanics in Politics' 1996 "Broche de Oro Award";[45] 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";[46] and the 2004 University of Nevada "Alumnus of the Year Award."[11]

Personal life

Sandoval married Kathleen Teipner in 1990. Along with Kathleen, the program director for the Children's Cabinet in Reno, Sandoval has three children. He and his wife announced their separation in 2017 and finalized their divorce in 2018, stating the demands of public life as the main reason.[11][12][47] Sandoval remarried to Las Vegas gaming executive Lauralyn McCarthy on August 11, 2018.[48]

Electoral history

Nevada's 25th Assembly District Republican Primary Election, 1994
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Brian Sandoval 4,237 74.75%
Republican Heidi Smith 1,431 25.25
Nevada's 25th Assembly District Election, 1994
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Brian Sandoval 10,497 79.78%
Democratic Karol Kellison 2,661 20.22%
Nevada's 25th Assembly District Election, 1996
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Brian Sandoval (inc.) 12,513 100.00
Nevada Attorney General election, 2002[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Brian Sandoval 290,471 58.32%
Democratic John Hunt 167,513 33.63%
Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brian Sandoval 97,201 55.5
Republican Jim Gibbons (inc.) 47,616 27.2
Republican Mike Montandon 22,002 12.6
Republican None of These Candidates 4,400 2.5
Republican Tony Atwood 2,440 1.4
Republican Stan Lusak 1,380 0.8
Total votes 175,039 100
Nevada gubernatorial election, 2010[13]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Brian Sandoval 382,350 53.36% +5.44%
Democratic Rory Reid 298,171 41.61% -2.31%
None of These Candidates None of These Candidates 12,231 1.71% -1.85%
Independent Eugene DiSimone 6,403 0.89%
Independent American Floyd Fitzgibbons 5,049 0.70% -2.73%
Libertarian Arthur Forest Lampitt Jr. 4,672 0.65%
Green David Scott Curtis 4,437 0.62% -0.54%
Independent Aaron Y. Honig 3,216 0.45%
Majority 84,179 11.75% +7.74%
Turnout 716,529
Republican hold Swing
Republican primary results
Party Candidate Votes %
Republican Brian Sandoval 105,857 89.88
Republican Edward Hamilton 3,758 3.19
Republican None of These Candidates 3,509 2.98
Republican William Tarbell 1,966 1.67
Republican Thomas Tighe 1,495 1.27
Republican Gary Marinch 1,195 1.01
Total votes 117,780 100
Nevada gubernatorial election, 2014[49]
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Brian Sandoval (inc.) 386,340 70.58%
Democratic Bob Goodman 130,722 23.88%
None of These Candidates None of These Candidates 15,751 2.88%
Independent American David Lory VanDerBeek 14,536 2.66%
Majority 547,349 100%
Republican hold Swing


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Nevada Assembly
Preceded by
Jim Gibbons
Member of the Nevada Assembly
from the 25th district

Succeeded by
Dawn Gibbons
Civic offices
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Deborah Griffin
Member of the Nevada Gaming Commission
Succeeded by
Peter Bernhard
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Chair of the Nevada Gaming Commission
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Attorney General of Nevada
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Chair of the National Governors Association
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2010 Nevada gubernatorial election

The 2010 Nevada gubernatorial election was held on Tuesday, November 2, 2010, to elect the Governor of Nevada, who would serve a four-year term to begin on January 3, 2011.

Despite speculation that incumbent Republican Governor Jim Gibbons would not run for a second term due to low approval ratings, he ran for re-election and was subsequently defeated in the Republican primary by former Attorney General of Nevada and federal judge Brian Sandoval.

Sandoval defeated the Democratic nominee, Rory Reid, son of former U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, in the general election.

2014 Nevada gubernatorial election

The 2014 Nevada gubernatorial election was held on Tuesday, November 4, 2014, to elect the Governor of Nevada. Incumbent Republican governor Brian Sandoval won re-election to a second term in office, defeating Democratic nominee Bob Goodman in a landslide.

2014 United States gubernatorial elections

United States gubernatorial elections were held on November 4, 2014 in 36 states and three territories, concurrent with other elections during the 2014 United States elections.

The Republicans defended 22 seats, compared to the Democrats' 14. The Republicans made gains from retiring Democrats in Massachusetts, Maryland, and Arkansas, and defeated incumbent Pat Quinn in Illinois. The only Republican governors who lost were Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania (who lost to Democratic challenger Tom Wolf) and Sean Parnell of Alaska (who lost to independent challenger Bill Walker). This marked the first time since 1846 that an incumbent governor running for re-election in Pennsylvania lost. Democratic Governor Neil Abercrombie of Hawaii was defeated in the primary, but the general election was won by a Democrat.

All totaled, the Republicans had a net gain of two seats (giving them 31 total), the Democrats had a net loss of three seats (leaving them with 18 total), and an independent picked up one seat. Due to no candidate receiving 50% of the vote, the Vermont General Assembly cast their votes for governor in January 2015, re-electing Governor Peter Shumlin.

As a result of these races, Republican Terry Branstad was re-elected to his sixth full 4-year term as governor of Iowa, and thus became the longest-serving governor in U.S. history.

2016 United States Senate election in Nevada

The 2016 United States Senate election in Nevada was held November 8, 2016 to elect a member of the United States Senate to represent the State of Nevada, concurrently with the 2016 U.S. presidential election, as well as other elections to the United States Senate in other states and elections to the United States House of Representatives and various state and local elections. The state primary election was held June 14, 2016.Incumbent Democratic Senator Harry Reid, the Senate Minority Leader, initially said he would seek re-election to a sixth term, but announced on March 26, 2015, that he would retire instead.Democratic former State Attorney General Catherine Cortez Masto defeated Republican U.S. Representative Joe Heck in the general election on November 8, 2016. Heck won sixteen out of the state's seventeen counties and equivalents. Cortez Masto won only Clark County, which comprises nearly three-fourths of the state's population. However, she did so by over 82,000 votes, allowing her to defeat Heck statewide by almost 27,000 votes.

2018 Nevada gubernatorial election

The 2018 Nevada gubernatorial election took place on November 6, 2018, to elect the next Governor of Nevada. Incumbent Republican Governor Brian Sandoval, was not eligible to run for reelection due to term limits established by the Nevada Constitution. Nevada is one of eight states that prohibits its governors from serving more than two terms for life.

The candidate filing deadline was March 16, 2018 and the primary election was held on June 12, 2018. The Republican nominee was Adam Laxalt and the Democratic nominee was Steve Sisolak. Steve Sisolak won the election, becoming the first Democrat to be elected Governor of Nevada since Bob Miller won his second full term in 1994 and the first non-incumbent Democrat to win since 1982.

Bill Ireland

Willis "Coach I" Ireland (April 29, 1927 – July 31, 2007) was an American college football and baseball coach in Nevada. He was the first head coach of the UNLV Rebels football team, UNLV athletic director and founder of the Battle for the Fremont Cannon. Additionally, he was head baseball coach at the University of Nevada, Reno.

Ireland was born in remote McGill, Nevada, 330 miles (530 km) east of Reno, Nevada. As the coach of the 1966 Wolfpack baseball team, he managed Fred Dallimore, who later coached the UNLV baseball team, and is the father of former San Francisco Giants player Brian Dallimore. In 1967 Chub Drakulich hired Ireland to start the UNLV football program. During their inaugural 1968 season, the Rebels were undefeated until the last game of the season. The rebels lost their first match against in-state rivals UNR. Ireland, wanting an award to symbolize the rivalry, obtained a replica of the Howitzer John C. Fremont had brought with him in his expedition to Nevada. Nineteen seventy marked the first Battle for the Cannon, with UNLV avenging their loss and evening the series. After a disappointing 1–10 record in 1972, Ireland resigned his coaching position.

In 1973 Ireland became the athletic director of UNLV. In this position he hired Jerry Tarkanian as the UNLV basketball coach. He was also instrumental in the construction of both the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas and the Lawlor Events Center in Reno. In 1990, his wife Jeanne Ireland was the Democratic Party's candidate for lieutenant governor; she lost by 15%.Ireland is a member of both the UNLV and UNR Halls of Fame. On October 8, 2012, Governor Brian Sandoval announced that one student-athlete a year from the University of Nevada will receive the "Bill Ireland Award."

Bruce Breslow

Bruce H. Breslow (born February 2, 1956) is an American businessman and politician. He retired as a Commissioner on the Public Utilities Commission of Nevada (PUCN) on October 5, 2018. He was appointed to this position on September 5, 2017 by Governor Brian Sandoval. Breslow previously served as the Director of the Department of Business and Industry for the state of Nevada. He was appointed to this position in November 2012 by Governor Brian Sandoval and was the longest serving Director to date. As the Director of the Department of Business and Industry, he oversaw 13 state regulatory and administrative divisions which include Athletic Commission, Dairy Commission, Insurance, Employee Management Relations Board, Manufactured Housing, Financial Institutions, Mortgage Lending, Housing, Labor, Industrial Relations, Transportation Authority, Injured Workers, Business Finance and Planning, Real Estate Division and the Taxicab Authority.Previously, Breslow served as the Director of the Department of Motor Vehicles where he focused on innovative ways to enhance the customer's experience. Prior to this appointment, he served as the Executive Director of the Nevada's Agency for Nuclear Projects. Previously, Breslow served two terms as the 22nd and former Mayor of Sparks, Nevada from 1991 to 1999.

George Chanos

George James Chanos (born August 1958) is an American attorney and politician. He was the Attorney General of the state of Nevada, United States. He was appointed by Governor Kenny Guinn on October 26, 2005 to fill out the term of his predecessor, Brian Sandoval, who became a federal district judge. He also created a moderately successful trivia board game known as Notable Quotables on December 28, 1990. He is a member of the Republican Party.

Gloria Navarro

Gloria Maria Navarro (born May 2, 1967) is an American attorney and Chief United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada.

Heidi Gansert

Heidi Seevers Gansert (born 1963) is an American politician from the state of Nevada. She is a member of the Nevada Senate. She served in the Nevada Assembly from 2005 through 2011 and as chief of staff to Governor Brian Sandoval from 2011 through 2012. She is a member of the Republican Party.

LGBT rights in Nevada

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in the U.S. state of Nevada enjoy largely the same liberties experienced by non-LGBT Nevadans. Since October 8, 2014, same-sex marriage has been legal due to the federal Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling in Sevcik v. Sandoval. Since 2009, they have had access to domestic partnership status that provides many of the same rights and responsibilities as marriage, though they lack the same rights to medical coverage as their married counterparts and their parental rights are not as well defined.

Lauren Scott

Lauren Alex Scott is an American politician, civil rights activist and entrepreneur. In the June 2014 primary election, she won the Republican nomination for the Nevada Assembly's 30th District, earning 58 % of the vote. Scott received 46 % of the vote in the November 2014 general election and lost the election to incumbent Democrat Michael Sprinkle.Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval appointed Scott to the Nevada Equal Rights Commission (NERC) in 2012.

Lidia S. Stiglich

Lidia S. Stiglich (born November 12, 1969) is an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Nevada. She was appointed by Governor Brian Sandoval on November 10, 2016. In choosing her to fill the vacant seat, Governor Sandoval explained: "She is highly regarded by her colleagues on the bench and the advocates in the courtroom as demonstrated by her 96.6 percent retention rating from the Washoe County Bar Association Judicial Survey…. Since taking office, she has excelled in her performance as an officer of the court and has committed herself to improving the quality of judicial services and its fair and efficient delivery for her constituents." She is openly gay, making her one of twelve openly LGBT judges on U.S. state supreme courts.

List of Governors of Nevada

The Governor of Nevada is the chief magistrate of the U.S. state of Nevada, the head of the executive department of Nevada's state government and the commander-in-chief of the state's military forces. The governor has a duty to enforce state laws, and the power to either approve or veto bills passed by the Nevada Legislature, to convene the legislature at any time, and, except in cases of treason or impeachment, to grant pardons and reprieves.The Governor serves a four-year term. He is limited to two terms, even if they are non-consecutive. If a person ascends to the governorship and serves more than two years of a previous governor's term, he is only eligible to run for one full term. Candidates for Governor must be at least 25 years old, and must have been citizens of Nevada for at least two years, at the time of election. The Lieutenant Governor of Nevada is not elected on the same ticket as the Governor.

The current governor is Democrat Steve Sisolak, who took office on January 7, 2019.

Mike Montandon

Michael L. "Mike" Montandon (born July 15, 1963) is an American politician. He is the former mayor of North Las Vegas, Nevada and a Republican gubernatorial candidate in the Nevada gubernatorial election, 2010.


Sandoval is a habitational surname of Spanish origin. It primarily originates from Sandoval de la Reina, Spain, earlier called Sannoval, which is a blend word of Latin saltus (meaning 'grove' or 'wood') and Latin novalis (meaning 'newly cleared land').People so named include:

Aarón Sandoval, Mexican footballer

Andrew Sandoval, American songwriter, musician, producer and author

Angelina Sandoval-Gutierrez (born 1938), Filipino jurist

Tony Sandoval, American long-distance runner

Arturo Sandoval, Latin-jazz musician

Brian Sandoval (born 1963), American politician, Republican governor of Nevada

Carla Sandoval (born 1982), Chilean pianist

Carlos Ramírez Sandoval (born 1939)

Carlos Sandoval (born 1956), composer, musician and sound artist

Carmen Barajas Sandoval (born 1925), Mexican aristocrat, film executive producer, bestselling author

Cristóbal de Sandoval, Duke of Uceda (1581–1624), minister of state for Philip III of Spain

Danny Sandoval (born 1979), Venezuelan baseball infielder

Diego de Sandoval (1505–1580), Spanish explorer and conquistador

Dominic Sandoval, Dancer and Youtube Personality

Elman Joel Sandoval, Honduran politician

Esther Sandoval (1927–2006), Puerto Rican actress

Eva Contreras Sandoval (born 1956), Mexican politician

Federico Sandoval II, Filipino congressman

Francisco de Sandoval Acacitzin (died 1554), native ruler of Itzcahuacan in Mexico after the Spanish conquest

Francisco Gómez de Sandoval, 1st Duke of Lerma (1552/53-1625), a favorite of Philip III of Spain

Freddy Sandoval (born 1982), baseball third baseman

Fulvia Celica Siguas Sandoval, Peruvian transsexual woman

Gerardo Sandoval (born 1962), judge of the Superior Court of California

Gidget Sandoval, Miss International for 1983

Gonzalo de Sandoval (1497–1528), Spanish conquistador in New Spain

Hernán Sandoval (born 1983), Guatemalan football striker

Horacio Sandoval (born 1971), Mexican comic book artist

Hope Sandoval, American singer-songwriter

Irma Sandoval-Ballesteros, Mexican academic

Jery Sandoval (born 1986), Colombian actress, model and singer

Jesse Sandoval, American drummer, formerly of The Shins

José León Sandoval, President of Nicaragua from 1845–47

Juan Sandoval Íñiguez (born 1933), Roman Catholic cardinal and archbishop, from Mexico

Julio Terrazas Sandoval (1936-2015), Roman Catholic cardinal and archbishop, from Bolivia

Karl Sandoval, luthier

Kevin Sandoval, Guatemalan football forward

Luciana Sandoval (born 1980), Salvadoran television presenter, dancer and model

Luis Alonso Sandoval (born 1980), Mexican football striker

Luis Sandoval, Mexican-born American television reporter and presenter

Manuel de Sandoval, prominent military and the governor of Coahuila (1729–1733) and Texas

Martin Sandoval (born 1964), Democratic member of the Illinois Senate

Merril Sandoval (1925–2008), American Navajo World War II veteran

Miguel Sandoval (composer) (1903–1953), Guatemalan film composer

Miguel Sandoval (born 1951), American film and television actor

Pablo Sandoval, Venezuelan professional baseball player

Pete Sandoval, drummer of the band Morbid Angel

Raúl Sandoval, Mexican actor and singer

Richie Sandoval (born 1960), American boxer

Roberto Parra Sandoval (1921–1995), Chilean singer-songwriter, guitarist and folklorist

Rubí Sandoval, Mexican female footballer

Samy y Sandra Sandoval, musical duo

Santiago Cristóbal Sandoval, Mexican sculptor

Shaina Sandoval (born 1992), American actress

Sonny Sandoval, lead singer of the band P.O.D.

Teresita Sandoval, (1811-1894) a founder of Pueblo, Colorado

Tom Sandoval, from Vanderpump Rules

Vicente Cerna Sandoval, president of Guatemala from 1865–71

Wellington Sandoval, Ecuadorian surgeon and former politician

Tick Segerblom

Richard S. "Tick" Segerblom (born 1948) is an American attorney and politician. First elected to the Nevada Assembly to represent Assembly District 9 in 2006, he was elected to the Nevada State Senate in 2012 to represent Senate District 3.Segerblom is a fourth generation Nevada representative. His mother, Gene Segerblom (née Wines), served in the Nevada Assembly from 1992 through 2000 and was a member of the Boulder City Council. His grandmother, Hazel Wines (née Bell), served in the Nevada Assembly from 1934 - 1936 representing Humboldt County. Segerblom's great-grandfather was William "Johnny" Bell representing Humboldt County from 1906 to 1914 in the Nevada Senate. Segerblom was Chairman of the Nevada Democratic Party from 1990 to 1994.

Segerblom represents Senate District 3 which encompasses a portion of urban Clark County including portions of the City of Las Vegas, the historic Alta Drive, Spanish Oaks, Scotch 80's, and the Charleston Heights neighborhoods, and portions of Chinatown. Areas of interest include, Lorenzi Park, the Meadows Mall, the Las Vegas Springs Preserve, the College of Southern Nevada, the Rawson-Neal Psychiatric Hospital, and the World Market Center Las Vegas, Symphony Park including Smith Center for the Performing Arts, the Lou Ruvo Center for Brain Health, the Clark County Government Center, the Las Vegas Premium Outlets North, the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Headquarters, and the Las Vegas Medical District.

Segerblom said that if no other Democrat ran for Governor of Nevada against incumbent Republican Brian Sandoval in the 2014 election, he would. However, he declined to run.

Walker River State Recreation Area

Walker River State Recreation Area is a 12,856 acre state park unit of Nevada along the East Walker River near the city of Yerington. The park is one of Nevada's largest and newest state park units, dedicated by Governor Brian Sandoval on September 18, 2018. The park is composed of four units consisting of historical ranch land. The land was officially reconveyed to the state in 2017 by the Walker Basin Conservancy, a nonprofit dedicated to the restoration Walker Lake while protecting environmental, agricultural and recreational interests. The Walker Basin Conservancy purchased the water rights and accompanying land for the benefit of Walker Lake. The Walker Basin Conservancy will maintain stewardship activities on the land.

Wilbur Faiss

Wilbur Faiss (October 14, 1911 – November 2, 2013) was an American politician. He served in the Nevada State Senate.

Faiss was born at Centralia, Illinois in 1911, the son of John and Belle Faiss. He married Theresa E. Watts, whom he had first met at St. Louis, Missouri, on April 14, 1933. They had three sons, Robert, Donald and Ronald. The family relocated to North Las Vegas, Nevada in 1944, and upon their arrival, Wilbur operated a small business (Truck Haven and later Truck Harbor) and served as a volunteer firefighter. He also a worked on Nevada Test Site in the 1950s, and was a part of a teamsters' union. Retiring from business in 1976, Faiss, then aged 65 ran for election as a Democratic candidate for the Nevada State Senate, winning election to represent North Las Vegas. He served two terms, until 1984. During his time in office advocated for the working class, seniors issues, education, and civil rights. He voted in favor of the Equal Rights Amendment in 1977, and wrote laws including one permitting pharmacists to replace lower-cost generic drugs with brand name drugs, and one to grant free admission for senior citizens to state parks.He was honored with a resolution in the Nevada Senate in 1983 on the occasion of his 50th wedding anniversary. In January 2012, he and his wife were recognized as one of the longest married couples in the United States by President Barack Obama. He later stated that the key to a long marriage was to compromise; his wife was a Republican while he was a Democrat. His wife, Theresa died on October 28, 2012 at the age of 97, after 79 years of marriage. He later moved to Carson City, Nevada to be closer to his family. The Wilbur and Theresa Faiss Middle School was named in honor of him and his wife. He delivered an address to the students there on the eve of his 100th birthday in 2011. The Wilbur & Theresa Faiss Park was also named after he and his wife by Clark County.He was honored by the Nevada State Senate on April 25, 2013, "for his distinguished service to the State of Nevada and his exemplary life achievements". April 25, 2013 was also proclaimed Senate Wilbur Faiss Day by Governor of Nevada Brian Sandoval. Faiss died aged 102 after weeks of hospitalization at Carson City, Nevada in 2013. He was assumed to be the oldest living former state legislator in the United States at the time of his death. Upon his death, governor Brian Sandoval stated: "I was deeply saddened today to learn of the passing of Wilbur Faiss. Mr. Faiss had a tireless commitment to the state and its people, but most importantly, he devoted his life to his wife and children". He was also honored in the United States Senate by Nevada Senator Dean Heller.

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