Nevada Attorney General
How would you describe yourself to voters?
I’m a husband, a proud father, and the Attorney General of Nevada. I previously served as both the Majority Leader and the Minority Leader in the Nevada State Legislature and held leadership roles on several legislative committees. I also spent many years in private practice as a partner at both Snell & Wilmer LLP and Eglet Adams in Las Vegas. Before practicing law, I served as a public school math teacher.
What do you see as the top issues in this campaign?
The biggest issues of this campaign are the same issues that have guided my first term as Attorney General: protecting Nevada’s families and consumers, standing up to powerful corporations and protecting health care, defending Nevadans’ voting rights, and cracking down on predatory corporations.
How would you protect Nevadans as the state’s top law enforcement officer?
I believe there is no task greater than the pursuit of justice and, as Attorney General, I have adopted the office motto of “Our Job is Justice.” My office’s priority areas include the “Five Cs”: constitutional rights, criminal justice reform, consumer protection, client service, and community engagement. To this end, we have secured over $85 million from those who defrauded or scammed Nevadans; reached settlements of over $320 million to help families who lost relatives to opioid abuse; stood up to Trump’s lies and baseless lawsuits about the 2020 election; sponsored and passed new laws that expand our ability to prosecute child predators; completed labor work on a backlog of thousands of rape evidence kits for the first time in Nevada’s history; and more.
Nevada has seen a dramatic increase in school violence. What can your office do to work with educational leaders to address that violence?
As Attorney General, I’m proud to support the Dads in Schools program, which trains volunteers to be a safe resource on school campuses. The program, which partners with the Clark County School District, is designed to have a “prevention by presence” impact on school safety. As Attorney General and as a father, I believe it is important to take all the steps that we can to protect children and give them a safe and welcoming environment to learn.
In the wake of George Floyd’s murder and the killing of Breonna Taylor, Nevada lawmakers passed a set of police reform measures such as Assembly Bill 58 and Senate Bill 50. The measures let the state attorney general investigate allegations of law enforcement abuses and make it harder for police to obtain so-called “no-knock warrants.” Do you support these laws? Should lawmakers take on more police reform?
I support these laws — and I am proud that my office has worked hand-in-hand with community groups, lawmakers, and law enforcement to restrict the use of no-knock warrants in Nevada following the killing of Breonna Taylor and the murder of George Floyd. Now, in Nevada, law enforcement agencies who wish to use no-knock warrants must first prove that there is a significant and immediate threat to public safety that justifies the use, and another consideration is officer and civilian safety.