ENG: Brian Edward Sandoval (born August 5, 1963) is an American politician. He is the 29th and current Governor of the U.S. state of Nevada since January 3, 2011. Sandoval is a former judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada and a politician. In June 2010, Sandoval defeated his GOP challengers (including incumbent governor Jim Gibbons) to win the Republican nomination for the 2010 Gubernatorial election. Prior to his service as a federal judge, he served as the Nevada Attorney General, the youngest chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission and a state legislator. Sandoval was also the first Hispanic candidate elected to statewide office in Nevada.
Sandoval was born in Redding, California, and is a long-time resident of Reno.Sandoval graduated from Bishop Manogue High School in Reno in 1981, and attended the University of Nevada, where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, and earned a Bachelor's Degree in English and economics in 1986. He then went on to earn a law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1989.Following the completion of his law degree, Sandoval passed the Nevada and California bar exams on his first try and entered private practice with several Reno law firms. In 1999, Sandoval opened his own law firm in Reno.Sandoval first ran for elected office in 1994, and served two terms in the Nevada Assembly -- representing the 25th legislative district -- from 1994 to 1998. In the Assembly, Sandoval served on the Judiciary, Taxation and Natural Resources Committees and sponsored 14 bills that became law -- including bills that prevented felons from suing victims if they are injured committing a crime, increased the penalties for operating a boat under the influence, and allowed indigent defendants to perform community service to defray their legal costs.While in the Nevada legislature, Sandoval also served on the Nevada Legislative Commission, the Advisory Commission on Sentencing; the Juvenile Justice Commission; the Advisory Council on Community Notification of Sex Offenders and the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Oversight Committee. In 1998 Sandoval was appointed to serve as a member of the Nevada Gaming Commission, which oversees the state's gaming industry. The following year, at the age of 35, Sandoval became the youngest person ever to serve as chairman of the gaming commission. During his time on the commission, Sandoval fought national efforts to block gambling on college sports events, worked on regulations limiting neighborhood gaming and worked for regulations prohibiting slot machines with themes attractive to children.Sandoval and his wife Kathleen, program director for the Children's Cabinet in Reno, have three children.
Throughout his career, Sandoval has received several awards and certificates, including the Hispanics in Politics' 1996 "Broche de Oro Award"; the Anti-Defamation League's 2003 "Torch of Liberty Award;" the Nevada State Bar's 2004 "Access to Justice Public Lawyer Award;" The Latino Coalition's 2004 "Most Influential Hispanic in the U.S. Award" and the 2004 University of Nevada "Alumnus of the Year Award."
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In the fall of 2004, Democratic Senator Harry Reid spoke with Sandoval about whether he was interested in serving as a judge for the United States District Court for the District of Nevada, and that December Reid recommended to President George W. Bush he nominate Sandoval to a future opening on that court.Sandoval was formally nominated by President George W. Bush on March 1, 2005, to the seat being vacated by Judge Howard D. McKibben.On September 29, 2005, the Senate Judiciary Committee held a confirmation hearing on Sandoval's nomination.On October 20, 2005, the Judiciary committee reported Sandoval's nomination out of committee on a voice vote.Sandoval was unanimously confirmed by the U.S.
Senate on October 24, 2005, by a vote of 89-0 (with 11 Senators not voting).Sandoval then received his judicial commission on October 26, 2005.
Judge Sandoval announced his resignation as Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Nevada on August 15, 2009, to become effective beginning September 15, 2009.On the same day as his resignation became official, Sandoval announced he was running for the Governorship. Sandoval's chambers were in the Bruce R. Thompson Federal Building & U.S. Courthouse in Reno.
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