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.
For All Nevadans
“Every single day my goal is to fight to keep my fellow Nevadans safe and to protect our rights and liberties. There are those who seek to harm our citizens, and I will never hesitate to stand up for Nevada’s interests.”