State of Nevada Executive Order - Executive Department


Ordering Flags to Half Staff

WHEREAS, former Governor and United States Senator Paul Dominique Laxalt was a statesman and consummate gentleman;
WHEREAS, Senator Laxalt was born in Carson City, Nevada, to Dominique Laxalt, a Basque sheepherder, and his wife Therese;
WHEREAS, Senator Laxalt enlisted in the Army in 1943 and served as a medic on the Pacific front, before returning to the United States, and attending law school;
WHEREAS, Senator Laxalt began his career as a defense attorney, and was first elected to public office as the Ormsby County District Attorney in 1950;
WHEREAS, Senator Laxalt served as governor of Nevada from 1967 to 1971, and was instrumental in the development and regulation of the gaming industry, and the establishment of Nevada’s first community colleges, first medical school, the Nevada State Council on the Arts, and the creation of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency;
WHEREAS, Senator Laxalt was elected to the United States Senate in 1974 and served until 1986, where he formed trusted friendships on both sides of the aisle, and served as advisor and “first friend” to President Ronald Reagan;
WHEREAS, Senator Laxalt’s love for Nevada was apparent to everyone he met, and he set an example as a true public servant and bipartisan leader who will be remembered for generations to come;
WHEREAS, Senator Paul Dominique Laxalt passed away on August 6, 2018, and the deepest sympathies of the Nevada family are with his wife, Carol, and his family and loved ones; and
WHEREAS, Article 5, Section 1 of the Nevada Constitution provides: “The supreme executive power of this State, shall be vested in a Chief Magistrate who shall be Governor of the State of Nevada.
NOW, THEREFORE, by the authority vested in me as Governor by the Constitution and laws of the State of Nevada and the United States, it is hereby ordered as follows:

The flags of the United States and the State of Nevada shall be flown at half-staff at the State Capitol and all State public buildings and grounds from sunrise on Thursday, August 9, 2018 to sunset on Saturday, August 11, 2018 as a mark of respect and in remembrance of Paul Laxalt.

IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Great Seal of the State of Nevada to be affixed at the State Capitol in Carson City, this 8th day of  August, in the year two thousand  eighteen.

Official Nevada State Seal          Signatures of Governor Sandoval, Barbara Cegavske and Craig Kozeniesky