Adam Laxalt is the 33rd attorney general for the state of Nevada. He took the office in January 2015, which, at the time, made him the youngest attorney general in the country. His term ends in 2019.
Laxalt is a former lieutenant in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a prosecutor and legal advisor. He also served his country in Iraq, working on detention and prosecution efforts for war criminals and terrorists. As a veteran and attorney general, he created the Office of Military Legal Assistance, which has helped thousands of service members and veterans with pro bono matters since 2015.
Laxalt founded the state’s Law Enforcement Summit, which brings Nevada’s county officials together twice a year to address emerging criminal trends. He chairs the Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Working Group, which is working on the state’s backlog of nearly 8,000 untested sexual assault evidence kits. He also created a federalism unit, which, in the spirit of promoting state’s rights, has challenged federal decisions.
Laxalt is a graduate of Georgetown University and its law school.