Brian Sandoval was elected the 30th Governor of Nevada in 2010 and re-elected in 2014. In 2005 he was appointed United States District Judge for the District of Nevada and in 2002 he was elected Attorney General of Nevada. He has previously served as chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission and in the Nevada Legislature.
His accomplishments as Governor include work to make Nevada the most veteran and military-friendly state in the nation, transforming 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, Governor Sandoval transformed Nevada’s approach to economic development by moving the duties directly under his authority and created the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. During Governor Sandoval’s tenure, GOED successfully partnered the state with cutting-edge companies, technology innovations, and helped develop new industries across the Silver State.
The Governor has also directed regulation and innovation for gaming policy. By setting the pace and standards through pioneering legislation and state policy he identified the potential within the industry for interactive gaming, skill-based games and other developments in an evolving industry.
The hallmark of the Governor’s administration is his vision for transforming and modernizing Nevada’s education system. An unprecedented investment to reform Nevada’s education system was enacted in 2015 which will provide targeted programs to boost student achievement and equip students and teachers with the tools for success as innovators, job creators, and leaders of the new Nevada economy.
During the 2015 Legislative Session a comprehensive plan to provide additional support to military veterans and their families through educational, employment and healthcare services was signed by the Governor. 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. These include the Board of Finance, Board of Examiners, Board of Prison Commissioners, Board of Pardon Commissioners, Board of Transportation, Commission on Homeland Security, Board of Economic Development, and the Gaming Policy Committee.
The Governor has also held several national positions during his tenure, including the chairmanships of the Western Governors Association, the Education Commission of the States and the Council of State Governments. He has been selected by his peers to serve as the 2015 - 2016 Vice Chairman of the National Governors Association (NGA) and will serve as the Chairman of the NGA in 2018.
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 is married to Kathleen, his wife of 26 years, who is the Director of Operations for the Children’s Cabinet and has three children, James, Maddy, and Marisa.