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Capital Carson City
Nickname The Silver State
Official Language None
Governor Steve Sisolak, Democratic
Senator Catherine Cortez Masto, D
(202) 224-3542
Senator Jacky Rosen, Democratic
(202) 224-6244
Ratification of Constitution/or statehood October 31, 1864 (36th)
Flag of Nevada Motto: "All for Our Country"

Nevada is the 7th largest state geographically and the 35th largest state by population in the United States. Although it is known for legalized gambling and semi-legalized prostitution,[1][2] its voters are generally conservative and voted for George W. Bush twice; however, influx of liberals escaping their self-created problems in California have turned Nevada into a blue state or at least placed it into the competitive category. Its senators include Democrats Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen.

Nevada was admitted to the Union on October 31, 1864 by Abraham Lincoln during the Civil War; as a result, one of the State's mottos is "Battle Born."[3]

The state Constitution of Nevada, like all of the other 50 states, acknowledges God or our Creator or the Sovereign Ruler of the Universe. It says:

We the people of the State of Nevada Grateful to Almighty God for our freedom in order to secure its blessings, insure domestic tranquility, and form a more perfect Government, do establish this Constitution.

Elected Officials



The first tests of nuclear weapons were conducted in Nevada

Notable people from Nevada

  • Andre Agassi, one of the most successful tennis players of all time, was born in Las Vegas.
  • Gee Jon, the first person to be executed in a gas chamber, was executed at Nevada State Prison.
  • Pat Nixon, former First Lady, was born in Ely.
  • Harry Reid, the former Senate Majority Leader and the first Mormon to attain this position, was born in Searchlight.
  • Karl Rove, President George W. Bush's Chief of Staff, grew up in Sparks.


  1. Prostitution is prohibited by state law in Clark County (Las Vegas) and by local law in Lincoln County (north of Las Vegas) and in Washoe County (Reno), the independent city of Carson City (the state capital), and Douglas County (south of Carson City; the latter three areas listed effectively make it illegal in the area surrounding Lake Tahoe).