LAXALT, Paul Dominque, (1922 - 2018)

Senate Years of Service: 1974-1987
Party: Republican

Courtesy U.S. Senate Historical Office

LAXALT, Paul Dominque, a Senator from Nevada; born in Reno, Washoe County, Nev., August 2, 1922; attended the public schools of Carson City, Nev.; attended Santa Clara (Calif.) University 1940-1943; served in the U.S. army during the Second World War; graduated, University of Denver 1949 and University of Denver Law School 1949; admitted to the Nevada bar in 1949 and commenced practice in Carson City; district attorney, Ormsby County, Nev., 1950-1954; city attorney, Carson City 1951-1954; Nevada lieutenant governor 1963-1967; Governor of Nevada 1967-1971; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate November 5, 1974, for the six-year term commencing January 3, 1975; subsequently appointed by the Governor, December 18, 1974, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Alan Bible for the term ending January 3, 1975; reelected in 1980 and served from December 18, 1974, to January 3, 1987; did not seek reelection in 1986; subsequently practiced law and consulting in Washington, D.C.; was a resident of McLean, Va., until his death on August 6, 2018; interment in Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Va.


Laxalt, Paul. Nevada’s Paul Laxalt: A Memoir. Reno, Nev.: Jack Bacon & Co., 1999; Laxalt, Paul. “Foreign Policy: Facing Reality in the 80s.” In A Changing America: Conservatives View the 80s From the United States Senate, edited by Paul Laxalt and Richard S. Williamson, pp 71-80. South Bend, IN: Regnery/Gateway, 1980.