Brian Edward Sandoval (born August 5, 1963), was appointed as a Federal Court Judge by President George W. Bush, for the District of Nevada in October 2005, becoming the state's first Hispanic federal judge. Sandoval received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Nevada in 1986 and his law degree from The Ohio State University Moritz College of Law in 1989. Prior to serving as a federal judge, Sandoval was Nevada's Attorney General. He is a registered Republican.
Prior to his election as Attorney General, Sandoval served as a member and chairman of the Nevada Gaming Commission, which oversees Nevada's gaming industry. At age 35, Sandoval was the youngest person ever to serve as the state's chief gaming regulator.
He is currently a candidate for Governor of Nevada in the 2010 election, challenging the Republican incumbent Jim Gibbons.
Sandoval has come under some criticism for past stances he has taken in the Republican primary for governor. This includes calling himself a "pro-choice Catholic" and his role in instituting an $836 million tax increase in 2003  as well as his past statements on illegal immigration