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Brian Sandoval '89 Sworn in as Nevada Attorney General

At 38, Brian Sandoval is one of the nation's younger attorneys general, but it would be a mistake to equate his youth with inexperience. He is a seasoned trial attorney admitted in Nevada, California, the District of Columbia, and the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. He has served on the Nevada State Sentencing Commission and, as a legislator, served on the Criminal Sentencing Study Commission. He is well versed in gaming law, and has represented shareholders before the Nevada Public Utilities Commission.

His public service career began when he was elected to the Nevada Assembly in 1995 and again in 1997. Bills he sponsored that became law allowed indigent defendants to perform community service to pay legal fees and strengthened penalties for operating boats while under the influence.

Brian Sandoval is sworn in
Sandoval is sworn in as Nevada attorney general

Brian resigned from the Assembly to accept a position with the Nevada Gaming Commission responsible for protecting the stability of Nevada's gaming industry through investigations, licensing, and enforcement. He served on the commission for three years, the last two as its chairman. As chairman, he worked to regulate slot machines so they would be unappealing to children, create policy to help problem gamblers, and limit neighborhood casinos. He resigned from the Commission in 2001 to enter the attorney general race.

He ran for attorney general on a platform that called for fighting nuclear waste storage in Nevada, stopping school violence, eliminating excessive utility rate hikes, stopping consumer fraud aimed at senior citizens, and strengthening efforts to eliminate child abuse. In a January 7, 2003 interview with the Las Vegas Review-Journal, Sandoval called serving as attorney general "the dream of a lifetime" and said, "The term lasts 1,641 days and I am going to work each and every one of them as if it were the last day."

A loyal alumnus, Brian Sandoval is president of the Ohio State University Alumni Club of Reno/Lake Tahoe.