Sandoval’s accomplishments as Governor include working to make Nevada the most veteran and military-friendly state in the nation, reconstructing Nevada’s approach to economic development, expanding health care coverage, implementing new, innovative gaming policy and leading the effort for an unprecedented investment in and modernization of Nevada’s public education system.
During his inaugural legislative session in 2011, Governor Sandoval transformed Nevada’s approach to economic development by bringing the duties directly under his authority and creating the Governor’s Office of Economic Development (GOED). Since then, GOED has successfully partnered the state with cutting-edge companies, technology innovators and helped develop new industries across the Silver State.
The Governor has also directed regulation and innovation for gaming policy. By continuing to set the gold standard through pioneering legislation and state policy, Governor Sandoval identified the potential for interactive gaming, skill-based games and other developments in the ever-evolving industry.
The hallmark of the Governor’s administration has been his vision for modernizing and redefining Nevada’s education system. In 2015, Governor Sandoval enacted an unprecedented investment to reform Nevada’s education system. The changes have delivered targeted programs to boost student achievement and equip students and teachers with the tools for success as innovators, job creators, and leaders in the new Nevada economy.
As part of the 2015 Legislative Session, Governor Sandoval signed a comprehensive plan to provide additional support to military veterans and their families through educational, employment and healthcare services. In addition to these policy changes, he also pursued substantial funding for veterans initiatives including state-match funding for construction of the Northern Nevada Veterans Home.
Governor Sandoval actively serves as Chairman of several Boards and Commissions for the State of Nevada, including the Boards of Finance, Examiners, Prison Commissioners, Pardon Commissioners, Transportation, Economic Development as well as the Commission on Homeland Security and the Gaming Policy Committee.
During his tenure, the Governor has also held several national positions, including the chairmanships of the Western Governors Association, the Education Commission of the States and the Council of State Governments. He served as Chairman of the National Governors Association from 2017 to 2018 and as the Vice Chairman from 2015 to 2016.
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. He has three children, James, Maddy, and Marisa. In their free time, Governor Sandoval and his wife Lauralyn enjoy hiking and exploring Nevada.