Attorney General Aaron D. Ford, Nevada’s 34th
Attorney General, took office on January 7, 2019, making him the first African
American to hold statewide constitutional office in Nevada.
A former State Senator, AG Ford previously served as both the Majority
Leader and the Minority Leader in the Nevada State Legislature and held
leadership roles on several legislative committees. He also spent many years in
private practice as a partner at both Snell & Wilmer LLP and Eglet Adams in
Las Vegas. Before practicing law, AG Ford served as a public school math
teacher, shaping hundreds of lives.
During his term as a State Senator, AG Ford led the passage of
significant legislation that required police officers to wear body cameras. AG
Ford was also the impetus for a local district attorney to create a “Conviction
Integrity Unit” to review cases that allege wrongful conviction.
As the chief law enforcement officer for the state, AG Ford’s
goal continues to be helping to protect Nevada families. AG Ford believes there
is no task greater than the pursuit of justice and has adopted the office motto
of “Our Job is Justice.” His priority areas include what he refers to as the
“Five Cs”: constitutional rights,
criminal justice and reform, consumer protection, client service, and community
engagement. AG Ford has held several town hall forums to talk directly with
Nevadans on relevant topics such as racial injustice, law enforcement policies,
hate crimes, and identity theft.
Under his direction, AG Ford’s office has made protecting
consumers from fraud, scams, and anti-competitive activity a top priority. During
his tenure in office, AG Ford’s Bureau of Consumer Protection secured over $85
million in recoveries on behalf of Nevada consumers. Consistent with his commitment
to help Nevada families, AG Ford has aggressively pursued those responsible for
fueling Nevada’s opioid crisis. He is proud to have obtained the State’s first
settlement of $45 million on behalf of countless Nevada families who have lost relatives
to opioid abuse.
AG Ford always strives to help those around him, particularly
our most vulnerable communities. He has held two statewide law enforcement
summits with local and national experts to fight human trafficking; he helps
lead Nevada’s sexual assault kit initiative and is proud to have completed the
State’s initiative to test nearly 8,000 previously untested sexual assault kits;
and he worked with his prosecutors to revive a cold case and bring justice for
a Nevada mother who lost her daughter to a brutal murder more than 40 years
AG Ford is proud to have earned five degrees, which include his
law degree and Ph.D. in Educational Administration from The Ohio State
University, as well as degrees in interdisciplinary studies, international
education, and educational administration. AG Ford married his college
sweetheart, Berna Rhodes-Ford, who is also an attorney. Together, they raised
four children, Avery, Devin, Aaron II, and Alexander.
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