Adam Laxalt

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Adam Laxalt
33rd Attorney General of Nevada
Assumed office
January 5, 2015
Governor Brian Sandoval
Preceded by Catherine Cortez Masto
Personal details
Born Adam Paul Laxalt
(1978-08-31) August 31, 1978 (age 40)
Reno, Nevada, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Jaime Laxalt
Relations Paul Laxalt (grandfather)
Children Sophia
Parents Pete Domenici
Michelle Laxalt
Residence Carson City, Nevada, U.S. (2015–present, while in office)
Reno, Nevada, U.S.
Alma mater Georgetown University (B.A., J.D.)
Profession Attorney and politician
Website Official website
Military service
Service/branch  United States Navy
Rank Lieutenant US-O3 insignia.svg
Unit U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps
Battles/wars Iraq War
Awards

Adam Paul Laxalt (born August 31, 1978) is an American attorney and politician. He serves as the 33rd and current Nevada Attorney General. He is a member of the Republican Party. Prior to becoming Attorney General, Laxalt served as a Lieutenant in the United States Navy.

Laxalt ran for Attorney General of Nevada in the 2014 election and defeated Democrat Ross Miller.[1]

Parentage

Laxalt is the son of former U.S. Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM) and Michelle Laxalt, the daughter of former Nevada Governor and Senator Paul Laxalt (R-NV).

During the 1970s, Domenici himself had fathered an illegitimate child with Michelle Laxalt, a 24-year-old Republican staffer and lobbyist, the daughter of Republican Senator Paul Laxalt. The child was not publicly acknowledged by Domenici until 2013.[2] On February 20, 2013, U.S. Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM) acknowledged that Laxalt was his son, as a result of the affair saying,"I deeply regret this and am very sorry for my behavior."[2]

Career as Attorney General

Laxalt was sworn in as the 33rd Attorney General of Nevada on January 5, 2015. His inauguration made him the youngest Attorney General in the United States.[3]

In January 2015, Laxalt joined a majority of other United States Attorneys General in a multi-state effort to combat federal overreach by challenging Obama's effort to change federal immigration law.[4]

In February, he hosted a Nevada Law Enforcement Summit bringing together sheriffs, chiefs and district attorneys from 17 counties around the state.[5] He also announced an Attorney General Advisory Committee for the Office of Military Legal Assistance, which provides free legal assistance to military communities.[6] On February 25, 2015, Attorney General Laxalt testified in front of the House Judiciary Committee regarding the unconstitutionality of President Obama's executive overreach on immigration.[7]

In March 2015, Laxalt joined a bipartisan coalition of 22 other state attorneys general to urge the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms to discard a controversial ammunition proposal that would ban a type of commonly used rifle ammunition. The combined support caused the ATF to later shelf the proposed ban.[8]

In April 2015, Laxalt pursued a case against fraudulent health care providers in Las Vegas for submitting false Medicaid claims for services that were not provided in 2012.[9] On April 20, 2015, he joined three other states in filing the "friend of the court" brief with the goal of getting President Obama and his administration to withdraw 1 million+ acres of public land from the use of uranium mining.[10] General Laxalt made an appearance on the morning show Good Morning America to discuss the role of the Attorney General’s office in consumer protection.[11] In late April 2015, his Public Integrity Unit announced the indictment of a Former Assembly Member for perjury charges.[12] On April 28, 2015, General Laxalt and the Nevada Gaming Control Board filed a complaint against an Internet gaming operator.[13]

In May 2015, Laxalt joined a bipartisan coalition of 20 states to uphold Second Amendment rights.[14] He also announced a $158m settlement with Sprint and Verizon regarding Mobile Cramming.[15] On May 19, 2015, General Laxalt joined a federal-state crackdown on cancer charities who allegedly bilked over $187 million from charitable donors.[16] In late May 2015, he joined 30 other Attorneys General in announcing a major settlement with three national credit reporting agencies.[17]

In June 2015, Laxalt filed a suit challenging federal overreach in a new "Waters of the United States" Rule on behalf of the state of Nevada. The rule would give the federal government power over state and local waters.[18]

In July 2015, Laxalt announced a $136m credit card debt collection settlement with JPMorgan Chase.[19] On July 30, 2015, he announced the first conviction by his office in a sex trafficking case.[20]

In August 2015, Laxalt filed a suit against the Environmental Protection Agency to deter "sue and settle" tactics used to disadvantage the state of Nevada.[21] On August 15, 2015, General Laxalt hosted an Inaugural Basque Fry celebrating the heritage in Nevada with 2016 presidential candidates and other elected officials. Attendees included: Ambassador John Bolton, Dr. Ben Carson, US Senator Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Former Governor George Pataki and Governor Scott Walker, and many others.[22] In late August, he announced a $71m consumer settlement with Amgen Inc. for deceptive labeling on products.[23] He also announced a settlement of over $1.2m with K-12 test distributors.[24] August 25, 2015, General Laxalt announced a "friend of the court’ brief in the U.S. Supreme Court to encourage the courts to protect a religious nonprofit organization from being required to violate religious views or pay federal fines.[25]

In September 2015, Laxalt secured $3.68m to help eliminate the rape kit backlog in the state of Nevada.[26] In late September, he announced the indictment of the American Equity Foundation for lending fraud and racketeering.[27]

References

  1. Myers, Laura (November 4, 2014). "Nevada joins the big red wave". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved November 5, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. 2.0 2.1 Clausing, Jeri (February 20, 2013). "Pete Domenici Acknowledges Son From Extramarital Affair 30 Years Ago". Associated Press. The Huffington Post. Retrieved November 6, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval Inaugural". www.Nevada.Video.SSC.com. Retrieved October 14th, 2015.
  4. "Attorney General Laxalt Marks His 100th Day in Office". http://ag.nv.gov/News/PR/2015/Attorney_General_Laxalt_Marks_his_100th_Day_in_Office/. Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Retrieved October 14th, 2015.
  5. (February 05, 2015). "Nevada Attorney General Hosts Law Enforcement Summit". http://www.ktvn.com/story/28039085/nevada-attorney-general-hosts-law-enforcement-summit. Retrieved October 14th, 2015.
  6. "Adam Paul Laxalt Announces the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee for the Office of Military Legal Assistance". http://ag.nv.gov/News/PR/2015/Adam_Paul_Laxalt_Announces_the_Attorney_General%E2%80%99s_Advisory_Committee_for_the_Office_of_Military_Legal_Assistance/. Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Retrieved October 14th, 2015.
  7. "Attorney General Adam Paul Laxalt to Testify in U.S. House Judiciary Committee."http://ag.nv.gov/News/PR/2015/Attorney_General_Adam_Paul_Laxalt_to_Testify_in__U_S__House_Judiciary_Committee/. Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Retrieved October 14th, 2015.
  8. "Attorney General Laxalt Joins Bipartisan Coalition of 23 State Attorneys General in Urging ATF to Discard Controversial Ammo Proposal". http://ag.nv.gov/News/PR/2015/Attorney_General_Laxalt_Joins_Bipartisan_Coalition_of_23_State_Attorneys_General_in_Urging_ATF_to_Discard__Controversial_Ammo_Proposal/. Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Retrieved October 14th, 2015.
  9. "Attorney General Laxalt Pursues Fraudulent Health Care Providers". http://ag.nv.gov/News/PR/2015/Attorney_General_Laxalt_Pursues_Fraudulent_Health_Care_Providers/. Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Retrieved October 14th, 2015.
  10. "Attorney General Laxalt Supports Challenge to Federal Agency’s Withdrawal of 1 million Acres of Land". http://ag.nv.gov/News/PR/2015/Attorney_General_Laxalt_Supports_Challenge_to_Federal_Agency%E2%80%99s_Withdrawal_of_1_Million_Acres_of_Land/. Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Retrieved October 14th, 2015.
  11. "Attorney General Laxalt Appears on Good Morning America to Promote Consumer Protection". http://ag.nv.gov/News/PR/2015/Attorney_General_Laxalt_Appears_on_Good_Morning_America_to_Promote_Consumer_Protection/. Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Retrieved October 14th, 2015.
  12. "Attorney General Laxalt’s Public Integrity Unit Announces Indictment for Perjury Charge Against Former Assembly Candidate". http://ag.nv.gov/News/PR/2015/Attorney_General_Laxalt%E2%80%99s_Public_Integrity_Unit_Announces_Indictment_for_Perjury_Charge_Against_Former_Assembly_Candidate/. Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Retrieved October 14th, 2015.
  13. "Attorney General Laxalt and Nevada Gaming Control Board File Criminal Complaint Against Internet Gaming Operator". http://ag.nv.gov/News/PR/2015/Attorney_General_Laxalt_and_Nevada_Gaming_Control_Board_File_Criminal_Complaint_Against_Internet_Gaming_Operator/. Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Retrieved October 14th, 2015.
  14. "Attorney General Laxalt Joins Bipartisan Coalition of 20 States to Uphold Second Amendment Rights". http://ag.nv.gov/News/PR/2015/Attorney_General_Laxalt_Joins_Bipartisan_Coalition_of_20_States_to_Uphold_Second_Amendment_Rights/. Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Retrieved October 14th, 2015.
  15. "Attorney General Laxalt Announces $158 Million Mobile Cramming Settlements with Sprint and Verizon". http://ag.nv.gov/News/PR/2015/Attorney_General_Laxalt_Announces_$158_Million_Mobile_Cramming_Settlements_With_Sprint_and_Verizon/. Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Retrieved October 14th, 2015.
  16. "Attorney General Laxalt Joins Federal-State Crackdown on Cancer Charities that Allegedly Bilked Over $187 Million from Donors". http://ag.nv.gov/News/PR/2015/Attorney_General_Laxalt_Joins_Federal-State_Crackdown_on_Cancer_Charities_That_Allegedly_Bilked_Over_$187_Million_From_Donors/. Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Retrieved October 14th, 2015.
  17. "Attorney General Laxalt Announces $6 MillionSettlement with Credit Reporting Agencies". http://ag.nv.gov/News/PR/2015/Attorney_General_Laxalt_Announces_$6_Million_Settlement_With_Credit_Reporting_Agencies/. Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Retrieved October 14th, 2015.
  18. "Attorney General Laxalt Files Suit Challenging Federal Overreach in New "Waters of the United States" Rule". http://ag.nv.gov/layouts/Page_Style_1.aspx?id=121484. Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Retrieved October 14th, 2015.
  19. "Attorney General Laxalt Announces $136 Million Credit Card Debt Collection Settlement with JPMorgan Chase". http://ag.nv.gov/News/PR/2015/Attorney_General_Laxalt_Announces_$136_Million_Credit_Card_Debt_Collection_Settlement_with_JPMorgan_Chase/. Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Retrieved October 14th, 2015.
  20. "Attorney General Laxalt Announces First Conviction By Office in Human Sex Trafficking Case". http://ag.nv.gov/News/PR/2015/Attorney_General_Laxalt_Announces_First_Conviction_by_Office_in_Human_Sex_Trafficking_Case/. Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Retrieved October 14th, 2015.
  21. "Attorney General Laxalt Files Suit Against EPA to Deter "Sue and Settle" Tactics Used to Disadvantage the State of Nevada". http://ag.nv.gov/News/PR/2015/Attorney_General_Laxalt_Files_Suit_Against_EPA_to_Deter_%E2%80%9CSue_and_Settle%E2%80%9D_Tactics_Used_to_Disadvantage_the_State_of_Nevada/. Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Retrieved October 14th, 2015.
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  23. "Attorney General Laxalt Announces $71 Million Consumer Settlement with Amgen Inc. For Deceptive Labeling". http://ag.nv.gov/News/PR/2015/Attorney_General_Laxalt_Announces_$71_Million_Consumer_Settlement_With_Amgen_Inc__for_Deceptive_Labeling/. Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Retrieved October 14th, 2015.
  24. "Attorney General Laxalt Announces Settlement of More Than $1.2 Million with K-12 Test Distributor". http://ag.nv.gov/News/PR/2015/Attorney_General_Laxalt_Announces_Settlement_of_More_Than_$1_2_Million_With_K-12_Test_Distributor/. Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Retrieved October 14th, 2015.
  25. "Attorney General Laxalt Files Friend of the Court Brief in Support of the Free Exercise of Religion". http://ag.nv.gov/News/PR/2015/Attorney_General_Laxalt_Files_Friend_of_the_Court_Brief_in_Support_of_the_Free_Exercise_of_Religion/. Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Retrieved October 14th, 2015.
  26. "Attorney General Laxalt Secures $3.68 Million to Help Eliminate the Sexual Assault Kit Backlog in Nevada". http://ag.nv.gov/layouts/Page_Style_1.aspx?id=140883. Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Retrieved October 14th, 2015.
  27. "Attorney General Laxalt Announces Indictment of American Equity Foundation for Mortgage Lending Fraud and Racketeering". http://ag.nv.gov/News/PR/2015/Attorney_General_Laxalt_Announces_Indictment_of_American_Equity_Foundation_for_Mortgage_Lending_Fraud_and_Racketeering/. Office of the Nevada Attorney General. Retrieved October 14th, 2015.

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Preceded by
Catherine Cortez Masto
Attorney General of Nevada
January 5, 2015 – present
Succeeded by
Incumbent