Nevada’s Paul Laxalt – A Memoir | by Senator Paul Laxalt

Autobiography of Senator Paul Laxalt of Nevada. Laxalt was Governor of Nevada during the state’s transition into corporate gaming. He worked with Howard Hughes and with Governor Ronald Reagan of California. When Reagan became President, Laxalt was known as “the first friend.” An excellent memoir full of western history.

Paul Dominique Laxalt was born to Basque immigrants in Reno, Nevada in 1922. A star athlete at Carson High in Nevada’s state capital, Laxalt went on to Santa Clara University. His education was interrupted when he left school to enter the U.S. Army during World War II. After seeing combat duty in the bloody invasion at Leyte in the philippines, Laxalt returned to attend law school at Denver University.

In 1954, Laxalt entered public service for the first time when he was elected Ormsby County (Carson City) District Attorney. He later was elected Nevada’s Lieutenant Governor (1962), Governor (1966) and U.S. Senator (1974 and 1980).

Laxalt, Paul. Nevada’s Paul Laxalt. Jack Bacon & Co, 2000. Print.