Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt, elected as Nevada's 33rd Attorney General, took office on January 5, 2015, at the time making him the youngest Attorney General in the country. A former Lieutenant in the United States Navy, the US Navy trained him as a prosecutor and legal advisor. While serving in Iraq, Laxalt assisted with the detention and prosecution of thousands of war criminals and terrorists.
the chief law enforcement officer for the State, AG Laxalt has worked to keep
Nevada’s communities safe, and hosts the State’s first-ever Law Enforcement
Summit twice a year, bringing officials from Nevada’s 17 counties together to
determine how local law enforcement can more effectively address emerging
criminal trends. He has worked on behalf of Nevada’s families to protect our
most vulnerable communities, and currently chairs the Sexual Assault Kit
Backlog Working Group committed to creating policies and procedures associated
with the State’s backlog of nearly 8,000 untested sexual assault evidence kits.
a former member of the military, AG Laxalt’s support of service members
culminated in the creation of the Office of Military Legal Assistance, a
first-of-its-kind program that provides Nevada’s military members with free
legal representation. The program was recently named a “Best Practice Program”
by the Department of Defense with a recommendation for duplication in states
throughout the country. The Office of Military Legal Assistance program,
through its pro bono legal-aid partnerships, is proud to have helped Nevada’s
Servicemembers and veterans handle more than 3,000 pro bono matters since its launch
in late 2015.
with his commitment to defending our nation’s constitutional principles and
protecting the important role of the States in our federalist system of
government, AG Laxalt created Nevada’s first ever Federalism Unit within the
Attorney General’s Office. To protect the interests of Nevadans, the Federalism
Unit has challenged multiple occasions of unlawful federal overreach, including
actions taken by the Environmental Protection Agency, orders that interfere
with Nevada’s public roads and criminal justice system, and restrictions that
infringe upon Second Amendment rights. Some of the Unit’s largest federal
challenges include the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the United
States Rule, the Department of Labor’s Overtime Rule and the Bureau of Land
Management’s Sage Grouse Plan.
AG Laxalt is a fourth generation Nevadan who
resides in Reno with his wife Jaime and their three children Sophia, Isabella and Jack, as
well as their dogs Hoya and Buckley. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from
Georgetown University and also graduated from Georgetown University Law Center.
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