Senator Richard Bryan

Former United States Senator

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Biography

Richard Bryan was born in Washington D.C. in 1937. He graduated from the University of Nevada in 1959 and earned his law degree from the University of California Hastings College of Law. Senator Bryan began his legal career in 1964 as the Deputy District Attorney in Clark County (Las Vegas), Nevada. He served as a prosecutor for two years until he was appointed as Clark County’s first Public Defender and the youngest public defender in the nation in 1966. Two years later he was elected to the Nevada State Assembly from District 4 in Clark County where he was successfully re-elected in 1970. His hard work and legal background proved popular with voters, for in 1972 he was elected to the State Senate and re-elected four years later, serving as chair of the Taxation Committee and the Education Committee.

Following the State Senate, Senator Bryan won his first statewide election as Nevada’s Attorney General. One of his successful accomplishments as Nevada’s Attorney General was defending Nevada's gaming regulatory structure in the Federal Courts. 1982 marked an important year for the former Senator when he was elected to the first of two terms as Governor of the State of Nevada. His legacy comprises of many accomplishments, one of them being his role in pushing economic diversification and attracting new businesses in Nevada. He resigned as governor in 1989 after being elected in the first of two terms to the U.S. Senate. Senator Bryan was active as a Senate member where he served in tandem on several U.S. Senate Committees: Finance, Commerce, Science and Transportation; and Banks, Housing and Urban Affairs.

He currently practices law with Lionel Sawyer & Collins as a shareholder and member of the Firm’s Executive Committee. His area of concentration focuses on government relations at the federal, state and local levels.

Senator Bryan has remained active as a community and business leader for his state. Using his past experiences in the public sector, he has been able to encourage businesses to relocate to Nevada through serving on the Board of Trustees of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance. Senator Bryan is also on the Board of Trustees of the Las Vegas Metro Chamber of Commerce and serves on the Board of Directors of The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. Senator Bryan has been mentioned in Best Lawyers in America and in Mountain States Super Lawyers for Government Relations Law.