Adam Paul Laxalt was sworn into office on January 5, 2015, making him Nevada’s 33rd Attorney General and, at the time, the youngest in the country.
Laxalt is a father, husband, and fourth-generation native Nevadan. He is a former Lieutenant in the United States Navy, where he was trained as a prosecutor and legal advisor. While in the Navy, Laxalt served as a Judge Advocate General and volunteered to serve in a combat zone in Iraq at Forward Operating Base Camp Victory. Laxalt’s team was in charge of more than 20,000 detainees during the Surge, keeping our troops and the world safer by assisting with the detention and prosecution of thousands of war criminals and terrorists. For his exemplary service, Laxalt was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal, and his Unit was awarded the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.
Laxalt served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney and as an Assistant Professor of Law in the Leadership, Ethics, and the Law Department at the U.S. Naval Academy. He also served as a Special Advisor to the Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, John R. Bolton. Throughout his time in military and government service, he has worked to put Americans’ security first.
As Attorney General, Laxalt has taken a bold, results-driven approach to serving the people of Nevada and keeping our communities safe. He began hosting the state’s first-ever Law Enforcement Summit, which is held twice a year and brings officials from Nevada’s 17 counties together to determine how local law enforcement can more effectively address emerging criminal trends. He also currently chairs the Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Working Group, created to reduce Nevada’s backlog of more than 8,000 untested sexual assault evidence kits. In addition, he created a financial fraud unit within his office to address issues including abuse of the elderly and guardianship exploitation.
As a veteran, Laxalt has maintained his commitment to serving those who have served our country. He created the Office of Military Legal Assistance, a public-private program that provides members of Nevada’s military community with free legal representation at no cost to taxpayers. The program was named a “Best Practice Program” by the U.S. Department of Defense, which recommended the program for duplication in states throughout the country. To date, the program has helped military personnel and veterans handle hundreds of pro bono matters.
Laxalt also created the state’s first-ever Federalism Unit within the Attorney General’s Office to protect the interests of Nevadans. The Federalism Unit has challenged multiple federal regulations, including the Environmental Protection Agency’s Waters of the United States Rule and the Bureau of Land Management’s Sage Grouse Plan. The Unit has also filed friend-of-the-court briefs on issues including public roads, federal interference with Nevada’s criminal justice system and the Second Amendment.
Prior to being elected Attorney General, Laxalt was in private practice in Las Vegas, Nevada, solving problems for a wide array of Nevada citizens and job-providers. As a community leader, Laxalt co-founded the Saint Thomas More Society in Nevada, a legal ethics and leadership society that has sponsored numerous legal education and leadership events. He also served on the Board of Trustees for Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, the largest private social services in the state. Laxalt is also a member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Basque Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno.
Laxalt graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University and from the Georgetown University Law Center.
Laxalt is a devoted family man. He and his wife Jaime live in Reno with their daughters Sophia and Isabella and their dog Buckley.