Sandoval Statement of the Passing of Paul Laxalt


Communications Director

CARSON CITY, NV - August 07, 2018

Governor Brian Sandoval tonight made the following statement after learning of the death of his friend and mentor, former Nevada Governor and U.S. Senator, Paul Dominique Laxalt:

“There are no words to adequately express my utter devastation and sadness at the loss of my friend and mentor Paul Laxalt. I learned of Senator Laxalt’s passing while traveling back to Nevada from a trade mission to South Africa and, as many Nevadans have felt tonight, I know our Silver State will never be the same.

“Paul Laxalt was many things – a statesman, a gentleman and a class act – above all, he was a champion for his beloved Nevada and our country. From his work on Lake Tahoe conservation efforts with then-California Governor Ronald Reagan to his forward-thinking efforts to ensure that Nevada set the gold standard in gaming regulation, Senator Laxalt set the bar high by which many have measured leadership. The son of Basque immigrants, Senator Laxalt never forgot his roots and may have been happiest at his sheep camp at Marlette Lake more than anywhere else.

“From my days interning in the Senator’s Washington, D.C. office to the friendship he generously offered me every day thereafter, I was blessed to learn from a man that has had such a profound effect on my life. Senator Laxalt was an optimist and a man who treated everyone with dignity and respect.

“From his proud service during World War II, to his days as Ormsby County District Attorney, II. Governor and Senator, Paul Laxalt embodied service above self. I will deeply miss him. My thoughts and prayers are with Carol and his family in this most difficult time.”


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