Brian Sandoval

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Brian Sandoval
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Current Court Information:
United States District Court for the District of Nevada
Title:   Former Judge
Position:   Seat #4
Appointed by:   George W. Bush
Active:   10/26/2005 - 9/15/2009
Preceded by:   Howard McKibben
Succeeded by:   Gloria M. Navarro
Personal History
Born:   1963
Hometown:   Redding, CA
Undergraduate:   University of Nevada, Reno (1986)
Law School:   Ohio State University's Michael E. Moritz College of Law (1989)

Brian Edward Sandoval was a federal judge for the United States District Court for the District of Nevada. Sandoval joined the court in October 2005 after being nominated by President George W. Bush, and in August of 2009, tendered his resignation from the court effective September 15, 2009. Sandoval was elected Governor of Nevada in 2010.[1]

Early life and education

A native of California, Sandoval graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno in 1986 with his bachelor's degree and later graduated from the Ohio State University's Michael E. Moritz College of Law in 1989 with his J.D.[2]

Professional career

Sandoval served as a private practice attorney licensed in the State of Nevada from 1989 to 2002. From 1994 to 1998, Sandoval served as a member of the Nevada State Assembly. He was the first Hispanic elected statewide.[3] From 1998 to 2001, Sandoval served on the Nevada Gaming Commission. In 2002, Sandoval was elected to be Nevada's Attorney General. Sandoval was sworn into office in 2003 and served in that capacity until his appointment to the federal bench in 2005.[2]

Judicial career

District of Nevada

On the recommendation of U.S. Senator Harry Reid, Sandoval was nominated by George W. Bush on March 1, 2005 to fill a seat vacated by Howard McKibben.[4][5] Sandoval was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on October 24, 2005 and received his commission on October 26, 2005.[6]

Federal seat resignation

In what was considered a surprise announcement, Judge Sandoval announced on August 14, 2009 that he would resign from his lifetime seat on the federal bench. His resignation was effective September 15, 2009.[7] Sandoval was succeeded in this position by Gloria M. Navarro.

Bid for Governor of Nevada

Sandoval announced on September 15, 2009 that he plans to run in the Republican primaries for Governor of Nevada against incumbent Jim Gibbons. Sandoval is the first federal judge ever to retire from a lifetime seat in order to pursue politics, according to retired state archivist Guy Rocha.[8][9]

Sandoval defeated incumbent Governor Jim Gibbons on June 8, 2010 in the Republican Primary,[10] and Rory Reid, the son of U.S. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid on the November 2, 2010 ballot.[11]

See also

External links


  1. RGJ "Sandoval ramps up Nevada governor campaign," February 12, 2010
  2. 2.0 2.1 Judge Sandoval's Biography at the Federal Judicial Center
  3. Associated Press "US Judge Sandoval resigns; return to NV politics?" August 14, 2009
  4. Myers, Dennis (2004-12-02). "Citizen Reid". Reno News & Review. Retrieved on 2009-08-24. 
  5. "Nominations of John Richard Smoak, of Florida, to be District Judget for the Northern District of Florida; Brian Edward Sandoval, of Nevada, to be District Judge for the District of Nevada; Harry Sandlin Mattice, Jr., of Tennessee, to be District Judge for the Eastern District of Tennessee; Margaret Mary Sweeney, of Virginia, to be a Judge for the United States Court of Federal Claims; and Thomas Craig Wheeler, of Maryland, to be a Judge for the United States Court of Federal Claims". Government Printing Office. 2005-09-29. Retrieved on 2009-08-24. 
  6. Senate Judiciary Committee, "Nominations of the 109th Congress," November 8, 2013
  7. Las Vegas Review Journal "Sandoval to resign from federal court" August 14, 2009
  8. "Sandoval, former U.S. district judge, to run for governor" Las Vegas Review-Journal, September 16, 2009
  9. Reno Gazette-Journal "Sandoval gives up his seat as judge" August 14, 2009
  10. "Brian Sandoval defeats Gov. Jim Gibbons, win GOP nomination in Nevada," June 8, 2010
  11. Politico "Brian Sandoval wins, Harry Reid gets Sharron Angle," June 9, 2010
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Preceded by:
Howard McKibben
District of Nevada
Seat #4
Succeeded by:
Gloria M. Navarro

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