LAXALT, Paul Dominique (1922-2018)
Senate Years of Service: 1974-1987

LAXALT, PAUL DOMINIQUE, 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.

Nevada Historical Society
Reno, NV
Papers: Correspondence in John V. Ciceu papers, 1962-1965; and John Hensley DeTar papers, 1956-1973.

University of Nevada
Special Collections
Reno, NV
Papers: 1974-1987. 850.0 cubic feet. Chiefly Senate records including legislative files, campaign materials, constituent correspondence, judiciary correspondence, case files, subject files, general office records, grant files, records of legislative assistants, press releases, speeches, clippings, photographs, audio and video tapes, scrapbooks, and memorabilia. Finding aid available online.

  • Laxalt, Paul. Nevada's Paul Laxalt: A Memoir. Reno, Nev.: Jack Bacon & Co., 1999.
  • ___. "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.
  • Laxalt, Paul D., and Linden H. Kettlewell. "A Return to Traditional Considerations for Determining Venue.'' In Venue at the Crossroads, edited by Steven R. Schlesinger, pp. 13-30. Washington: National Legal Center for the Public Interest, 1982.
  • U.S. Congress. Senate. Tributes to the Honorable Paul Laxalt in the United States Senate, Upon the Occasion of His Retirement from the Senate. 99th Cong., 2d sess., 1986. Washington: Government Printing Office, 1986.