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 Health and Homeland
Security Committee. He was recently appointed Chair-elect of the Education
Commission of the States. Sandoval is a member of the Republican Governors
Association and the Hispanic Leadership Network.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Sandoval and his wife, Kathleen, have three children. Governor Sandoval enjoys
running, traveling and spending time with his family.