Brian Sandoval was elected Governor of Nevada on November 2, 2010. He took the oath of office before Chief Justice Michael Douglas shortly after Noon on January 3, 2011. As Governor, Sandoval is Vice-Chair of Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG) and is piloting the JAG program in eight Nevada schools in the next school year. A member of the National Governors Association and the Western Governors Association, Sandoval serves as Vice-Chair of the NGA Education and Workforce Committee and as Vice-Chairman of the WGA. He is currently serving as Chair of the Education Commission of the States. Sandoval is a member of the Republican Governors Association and the Hispanic Leadership Network.
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 Legislature 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
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. In 2012, he was named a “Public Official of the Year” by Governing Magazine. 2013 Governing Magazine "Public Official of the Year" award; Leadership Reno Sparks 2013 "Distinguished Alumni" award; 2013 Las Vegas Area Council "Good Scout" award: Las Vegas International Press Association "Maximum Hispanic Pride" award; 2014 National Alliance for Public Charter Schools "Champion for Charters" award; 2013 Chair, Education Commission of the States; 2014 Chair Western Governors Association; Chair, Education and Workforce Development Committee for the National Governors Association; Member, Council of Governors.
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.
Official Governor Sandoval Photograph - High Resolution JPG (5.78)