Adam Laxalt

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Adam Laxalt
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33rd Attorney General of Nevada
Assumed office
January 5, 2015
Governor Brian Sandoval
Preceded by Catherine Cortez Masto
Personal details
Born Adam Paul Laxalt
(1978-08-31) August 31, 1978 (age 39)
Reno, Nevada, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jaime Laxalt
Children 3
Relatives Pete Domenici (Father)
Paul Laxalt (Grandfather)
Education Tulane University
Georgetown University (BA, JD)
Website Campaign website
Military service
Allegiance  United States
Service/branch  United States Navy
Rank US-O3 insignia.svg Lieutenant
Unit Naval Judge Advocate General's Corps
Battles/wars Iraq War
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[1]. He is the Republican nominee for Governor of Nevada in the 2018 election.

Early life[edit]

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.[2][3] At that time, Domenici acknowledged that Laxalt was his son and was born as a result of an extramarital liaison.[3]


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.[4] 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.[5] 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.[6] He opposed the full repeal of DADT in 2010.[7]

Career as Attorney General[edit]

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.[8]

In 2017, Laxalt spoke at the NRA-ILA Leadership Forum in Atlanta, Georgia.

Laxalt created the Office of Military Legal Assistance[9], 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. [10]

2018 gubernatorial campaign[edit]

Laxalt is the Republican nominee for Governor of Nevada in the 2018 election.[11] 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."[12] During Sandoval's tenure as Governor, he and Laxalt had disputed over tax policy, environmental regulations and gambling regulations.[12]

Electoral history[edit]

Nevada Attorney General election, 2014
Party Candidate Votes % ±
Republican Adam Laxalt 251,539 46.21 +10.21
Democratic Ross Miller 246,671 45.31 -7.49
Independent American Jonathan Hansen 30,530 5.61 -2.19
None of These Candidates None of These Candidates 15,643 2.87 -0.83
Total votes 544,383 100
Republican gain from Democratic Swing +18.05


  1. ^ Myers, Laura (November 4, 2014). "Nevada joins the big red wave". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ Ralston, Jon (May 26, 2014). "Who is Adam Laxalt?". Politico. Retrieved August 2, 2018. 
  3. ^ a b Clausing, Jeri (February 21, 2013). "Pete Domenici Acknowledges Son From Extramarital Affair 30 Years Ago". Associated Press. 
  4. ^ Roberts, Roxanne (February 22, 2013). "Domenici's 'secret' son has deep résumé". Albuquerque Journal. 
  5. ^ Ralston, Jon. "Who is Adam Laxalt?". Politico. Politico. Retrieved 6 December 2017. 
  6. ^ Whaley, Sean (January 14, 2014). "Laxalt enters Nevada attorney general race". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 
  7. ^ Laxalt, Adam. "An End to 'Don't Ask'?". National review. National review. Retrieved 26 July 2018. 
  8. ^ "Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval Inaugural". Retrieved October 14th, 2015.
  9. ^ Melissa, Gomez. "New program provides Nevada veterans free legal help". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Las Vegas Review-Journal. 
  10. ^ Perea, Robert. "Laxalt rallies supporters on rural tour". The Nevada Independent. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ a b "Sandoval will not back candidate in Nevada governor's race". Las Vegas Review-Journal. 2018-08-17. Retrieved 2018-08-18. 

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Preceded by
Catherine Cortez Masto
Attorney General of Nevada
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Preceded by
Brian Sandoval
Republican nominee for Governor of Nevada
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