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Subject: Former Nevada Governor & Senator Paul Laxalt

Dies at 96
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Date Posted: Monday, August 06, 07:05:23pm

Former Nevada governor Paul Laxalt dies at 96

Paul Dominique Laxalt, a sheepherder’s son who led Nevada as governor during a critical period, and who achieved national prominence as a senator and conservative who helped shape the modern Republican Party. died Monday. He was 96.

His death at a health care facility in northern Virginia was announced by the Ferraro Group public relations firm.

The son of Basque immigrants who settled in Carson City early in the 1900s, Laxalt served as governor from 1967 to 1971. He supported establishment of Nevada’s first community colleges and its first medical school.

He took the first steps, along with Ronald Reagan, then governor of California, to regulate development and conservation at Lake Tahoe. Their relationship became a strong one, with Laxalt becoming a confidant of the man who later became president.

Laxalt is survived by his wife Carol, and five daughters of his first marriage — Gail, Sheila, Michelle, Kevin and Kathleen, and one son, John Paul. He is the grandfather of current gubernatorial candidate Adam Laxalt.

Laxalt modernized the state’s regulation of gambling and pushed to allow corporations to own casinos, which paved the way for Nevada gaming as it exists today.


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