|33rd Attorney General of Nevada|
Assumed office |
January 5, 2015
|Preceded by||Catherine Cortez Masto|
Adam Paul Laxalt|
August 31, 1978
Reno, Nevada, U.S.
Pete Domenici (Father)|
Paul Laxalt (Grandfather)
Georgetown University (BA, JD)
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
|Unit||Naval Judge Advocate General's Corps|
|Awards||Joint Service Commendation Medal|
Adam Paul Laxalt (born August 31, 1978) is an American attorney and politician serving as the 33rd and current Nevada Attorney General since 2015. A Republican, he served as a lieutenant in the United States Navy. Laxalt was elected Attorney General of Nevada in 2014. He is the Republican nominee for Governor of Nevada in the 2018 election.
Laxalt is the son of the late Republican U.S. Senator from New Mexico Pete Domenici and Michelle Laxalt, and the grandson of former Republican Nevada Governor and U.S. Senator Paul Laxalt. Laxalt's mother raised him as a single parent. Laxalt's paternity was not publicly acknowledged by his parents until 2013. At that time, Domenici acknowledged that Laxalt was his son and was born as a result of an extramarital liaison.
After graduating from St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School, a college preparatory school in Alexandria, Virginia, he enrolled at Tulane University. After attending Tulane for two years, where he admitted to having drinking problems, he transferred to Georgetown University, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree magna cum laude. After obtaining a Juris Doctor degree from Georgetown University Law Center, Laxalt first worked for then-Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security Affairs John R. Bolton, before joining the office of Virginia Senator John Warner. After leaving Washington, Laxalt worked for the law firm Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie at its Reno office until 2014, when he left the firm to concentrate on his bid for Attorney General. He opposed the full repeal of DADT in 2010.
Career as Attorney General
Laxalt was sworn in as the 33rd Attorney General of Nevada on January 5, 2015. His inauguration made him the youngest Attorney General in the United States at the time of his election.
In 2017, Laxalt spoke at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Atlanta, Georgia.
Laxalt created the Office of Military Legal Assistance, a program that provides Nevada’s military members with pro-bono legal representation, and the Federalism Unit that challenges federal regulations including the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the United States Rule and the Bureau of Land Management’s Sage Grouse Plan. 
2018 gubernatorial campaign
Laxalt is the Republican nominee for Governor of Nevada in the 2018 election. Incumbent Republican Governor Brian Sandoval did not endorse a candidate in the election to succeed him, saying he would not "support a candidate that is going to undo anything that I put forward." During Sandoval's tenure as Governor, he and Laxalt had disputed over tax policy, environmental regulations and gambling regulations.
|Independent American||Jonathan Hansen||30,530||5.61||-2.19|
|None of These Candidates||None of These Candidates||15,643||2.87||-0.83|
|Republican gain from Democratic||Swing||+18.05|
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- Ralston, Jon (May 26, 2014). "Who is Adam Laxalt?". Politico. Retrieved August 2, 2018.
- Clausing, Jeri (February 21, 2013). "Pete Domenici Acknowledges Son From Extramarital Affair 30 Years Ago". Associated Press.
- Roberts, Roxanne (February 22, 2013). "Domenici's 'secret' son has deep résumé". Albuquerque Journal.
- Ralston, Jon. "Who is Adam Laxalt?". Politico. Politico. Retrieved 6 December 2017.
- Whaley, Sean (January 14, 2014). "Laxalt enters Nevada attorney general race". Las Vegas Review-Journal.
- Laxalt, Adam. "An End to 'Don't Ask'?". National review. National review. Retrieved 26 July 2018.
- "Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval Inaugural". www.Nevada.Video.SSC.com. Retrieved October 14th, 2015.
- Melissa, Gomez. "New program provides Nevada veterans free legal help". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Las Vegas Review-Journal.
- Perea, Robert. "Laxalt rallies supporters on rural tour". The Nevada Independent.
- Rindels, Michelle (November 1, 2017). "Attorney General Adam Laxalt, a rising Republican favorite, officially enters 2018 gubernatorial race". The Nevada Independent. Retrieved November 2, 2017.
- "Sandoval will not back candidate in Nevada governor's race". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2018-08-17. Retrieved 2018-08-18.
- Nevada Attorney General official government site
- Adam Laxalt for Governor official campaign site
- Adam Laxalt at Curlie (based on DMOZ)
- Appearances on C-SPAN
Catherine Cortez Masto
| Attorney General of Nevada
|Party political offices|
| Republican nominee for Governor of Nevada