Adam Paul Laxalt
|Nevada Attorney General|
|Elections and appointments|
|Next general||November 4, 2014|
|Service/branch||United States Navy|
Laxalt served as a judge advocate general at Forward Operating Base Camp Victory in Iraq. He later worked as a special adviser to the United States Department of State and a law professor at the United States Naval Academy. Laxalt currently operates his own legal practice in Las Vegas.
- B.A., Georgetown University
- J.D., Georgetown University
- See also: Nevada attorney general election, 2014
Laxalt is running on the following themes, according to his campaign website:
A SAFER NEVADA - TOUGH ON CRIME
As a husband and a father, I know nothing is more important than keeping our families safe from dangerous criminals and predators. I want my daughter to inherit a stronger, safer Nevada.
As a former Navy prosecutor and Federal prosecutor, I know what it takes to protect our people and communities. In my time serving in Iraq, my unit assisted in the detention and prosecution of all wartime and terrorist captures.
I’ll prosecute criminals in Nevada like I have done throughout my legal career. As attorney general I will fight to fully prosecute criminals charged with violent crimes and property crimes to the fullest extent possible by law.
As a father of a baby girl, I can tell you protecting our children is my top priority. I want to increase the penalties and law enforcement tools to go after child predators and especially when it comes to preying on our kids online. I also want to build upon the work of the current Attorney General regarding child prostitution and to make sure all of our kids are safe and have a chance to flourish in our great state.
A STRONGER NEVADA – JOBS
Far too often we’ve seen the federal government’s overreach tie the hands of Nevada’s job creators. Excessive regulations and mandates raise operating costs and stifle innovation, crushing the pioneer spirit that fostered our great state. Smaller government is better government. Nevadans know the ever-increasing interference out of Washington, D.C. makes it harder for the working people of Nevada and small business owners to create jobs and grow the economy. From stifling regulations coming out of the Department of the Interior to Obamacare’s healthcare mandates that raise costs for small businesses - everyone is affected by Washington’s overreach. As attorney general I will fight back against the policies that tie the hands of job creators here at home, and will work to defend free market principles.
A STRONGER NEVADA – PROTECTING PERSONAL FREEDOMS
America and Nevada are blessed. We are a people, a state and a nation founded on the idea of liberty for all and a protection of our inalienable rights. Through our Constitution, our founders choose not to be ruled by others but to rule ourselves. That’s why as attorney general I will defend our constitutional rights and personal liberties, and fight against Washington’s overreach.
I believe that the citizens of Nevada should be making their own healthcare decisions without the interference of Washington bureaucrats. That’s why I oppose Obamacare. While the Obamacare roll-out has been a disaster, the long-term effects of this law will be even worse on our citizens. Millions of Americans have already experienced rising costs, changes to their health plans, employers who can no longer afford to offer coverage, risks to our personal data and confusion surrounding the implementation of this law. The sheer enormity of this law undermines self-government.
As attorney general I will join the fight against Obamacare and defend our state from other examples of federal overreach.
I swore an oath to protect and defend the US Constitution when I entered the military. Next November I would be honored to take a different oath and swear to defend Nevada’s Constitution. I will bring to Carson City the same qualities that I used to keep our military safe and ethical. Public service is a public trust. I am not a politician. I will be my own man and only answer to Nevadans in my quest to make government clean and transparent. In the spirit of transparency, my office will have an open and competitive bidding process for contracting outside counsel. I will also push for limits to contingency fees paid to outside firms to make sure that the public interest is being represented properly. We must work together to make government, once again, fully accountable to the people. 
—Adam Paul Laxalt's campaign website, (2014), 
October 10 debate
Ross Miller (D) and Adam Paul Laxalt (R) traded barbs during a debate recorded for Vegas PBS. Miller argued that his two terms as Nevada Secretary of State qualified him for the attorney general's office, given his experiences enforcing state election laws. He also jabbed at Laxalt for seeking the state's highest law enforcement position while lacking the legal experience to become a judge in Nevada. Laxalt cited his experience as a lawyer with the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General's Corps and endorsements from county sheriffs in response to Miller.
The debate featured a flurry of criticisms related to campaign finances and integrity between the two candidates. Laxalt claimed that Miller received $70,000 in gifts from special interests and asked what he gave them in return. Miller responded with veiled references to outside money spent on Laxalt's campaign and noted the transparency of his campaign's funding sources. The Center for Public Integrity reported in early October that Laxalt supporters had purchased $844,000 in campaign ad space while Miller's campaign purchased $690,000 of campaign ad space.
Miller and Laxalt provided sharp retorts to campaign ad fodder from the early days of the general election. Miller stated that Laxalt's campaign was wrong to claim that Democratic operatives leaked a performance review from Laxalt's former employer indicating that he was a "train wreck." Laxalt used time during the debate to deny close connections with Cliven Bundy, a Nevada rancher whose supporters confronted federal officials in the spring over grazing rights.
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- Reno Gazette-Journal, "Adam Paul Laxalt expected to announce he's running for attorney general; His first news conference may prove uncomfortable," January 17, 2014
- Adam Laxalt for Attorney General, "About Adam," accessed August 4, 2014
- Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
- Adam Laxalt for Attorney General, "Issues," accessed August 4, 2014
- Las Vegas Sun, "Nevada AG candidates trade charges during debate," November 10, 2014
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