The Governor is the
highest-ranking constitutional officer in Nevada, and serves as the state’s
Chief Executive. He is responsible for coordinating the work of all state
agencies, recommends the budget to the Legislature and serves on many state
boards and commissions.
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 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, innovative gaming policy and sweeping reforms to the
state’s public education system.
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 has also directed regulation and innovation for gaming policy. By
setting the pace and standards through pioneering legislation and state policy
he continues to identify the potential within the industry for interactive
gaming, skill-based games and other developments in this 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.
The Governor has 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 also serves as a member of the Council of
Governors for the National Governor’s Association.
The Governor 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.