Brian Sandoval was sworn in as governor of Nevada on January 3, 2011.
Prior to becoming governor, Sandoval served as district judge for the District of Nevada. He was appointed to the post by President George W. Bush in October 2005, becoming the state’s first Hispanic federal judge. He also served as Nevada’s attorney general from 2003-2005 and was the chairman and a member of several state boards and commissions, including the Nevada Boards of Pardons, Prisons, Transportation, and Examiners, the Cyber-Crime Task Force, the Council for the Prevention of Domestic Violence and the Advisory Council for Prosecuting Attorneys.
Prior to his election as attorney general, Sandoval served as a member and chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission and, from 1998 to 2001, was as Nevada's at-large member of the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency Governing Board. Prior to the TRPA and Gaming Commission appointments, Sandoval served two terms in the Nevada legislature where he served on the Judiciary, Taxation and Natural Resources Committees and sponsored 14 bills that became law. Sandoval has also worked as a practicing attorney, where he engaged in litigation, administrative and adoption matters.
Sandoval and his wife, Kathleen, have three children.