Former Chairperson of the Republican National Committee who held office as the 22nd Governor of Nevada from 1967 to 1971. He also served his state as a U.S. Senator from 1974 to 1987.
He had a lucrative law practice after earning his J.D. from the University of Denver.
He was one of Ronald Reagan's closest friends while he was President and some people in the press referred to him as "The First Friend".
He got married to Carol Laxalt in 1976, after ending a 26-year marriage to Jackalyn Ross in 1972. He had a daughter named Michelle.
He left office as the Governor of Nevada 40 years before Brian Sandoval would be elected to the same position.