Las Vegas – Today Adam Laxalt announces his candidacy for Nevada Attorney General. Laxalt, age 35, is a former US Navy Judge Advocate General and federal prosecutor. He served for one tour in Iraq.
Laxalt’s wife Jaime and ten-month old daughter Sophia join him on the campaign. Laxalt is a former Navy Prosecutor and Legal Advisor. While volunteering in Iraq he assisted with the detention and prosecution of terrorists in a war zone. He also has experience as a federal prosecutor. Born in Reno, Laxalt and his family have been a part of the Nevada's history since the early 1900’s. His grandfather, Paul Laxalt, is a former Nevada governor and US Senator from Nevada.
“I’m honored to have served my country in the US Navy and Iraq and I would be greatly honored to serve my state as Attorney General. I believe the people of Nevada –not the Federal Government – should be in control of decisions that affect our families. I believe that smaller government fosters job growth and that by working with local law enforcement we can lower Nevada’s high crime rate,” Laxalt says.
He concludes, “As a Navy prosecutor and legal advisor, my job was to protect our military communities as well as our most vulnerable people. In my time in Iraq, I assisted with the detention and prosecution of terrorists and gained a deeper commitment to America, the rule of law, and to service and leadership. I will never forget the leadership and sacrifices I witnessed daily by our men and women in uniform. It reassures me that America remains strong and we will always have people that answer the call of service and to lead in times of challenge. I pledge as attorney general to bring this same commitment to protecting the families of our state from dangerous criminals and an ever-growing Federal Government. As your Attorney General I’ll fight for a stronger, safer and freer Nevada.”
Adam Paul Laxalt is a father, a husband and a fourth generation native Nevadan. He is a former Lieutenant in the United States Navy. Trained by the US Navy as a prosecutor and legal advisor, Adam served his country as a Judge Advocate General for five years. While in the Navy, Adam volunteered to served in a combat zone in Iraq.
In Iraq at Forward Operating Base Camp Victory, Adam’s team was in charge of more 20,000 detainees during the surge, keeping our troops and the world safe by assisting with the detention and prosecution of thousands of war criminals and terrorists. They were also in charge of training our military on proper evidence gathering in the field to ensure criminals and terrorists were able to be prosecuted successfully. They also trained Iraqi Prosecutors and Judges on ways to modernize their justice system. For his exemplary service, Adam was awarded the Joint Service Commendation Medal and the Iraq Campaign Medal and his Unit the Joint Meritorious Unit Award.
Adam has served as a Special Assistant US Attorney, as an Assistant Professor of Law in the Leadership, Ethics, and the Law Department at the US Naval Academy, and as a Special Advisor to the Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security. Throughout his time in military and government service, Adam has worked to put Americans' security first.
Since departing the Navy, Adam has built a law practice in Las Vegas, solving problems for a wide array of Nevadans and Nevada businesses. As a community leader, Adam has worked with Nevadans facing the challenges of a difficult economy, difficulties often made worse by poor government leadership. Adam serves on the Board of Trustees for Catholic Charities of Southern Nevada, the largest private social services agency in the state. Adam co-founded the Saint Thomas More Society, a legal ethics and leadership society that has sponsored numerous legal education and leadership events in Nevada. Adam was recently appointed by the Nevada State Bar to serve on a Civility Task Force to help work on increasing civility amongst lawyers in Nevada.
Adam is running for Attorney General to protect the safety of Nevada’s families, to preserve the liberty of Nevada’s citizens and businesses, and to stand up for Nevadans against federal government overreach.
Adam graduated Magna Cum Laude from Georgetown University and also graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center. Adam and his wife Jaime live in Henderson with their daughter Sophia and their dogs, Hoya and Buckley.