Gov. Brian Sandoval issued a statement Tuesday morning on his decision not to run for U.S. Senate, a seat currently held by Sen. Harry Reid. Earlier this spring, Reid announced he was not seeking re-election.
“In 1984, Nevada Sen. Paul Laxalt gave me the opportunity of a lifetime to serve as a legislative intern in his office in Washington, D.C. Coming from humble beginnings, the experience changed my life and charted me on a path of public service. It never occurred to me then that I would someday have an opportunity to be a candidate for the United States Senate.
“I have said many times that it is an honor and a privilege to serve as Nevada’s Chief Executive and that I love my job. My heart is in my responsibilities as Governor and continuing to build the New Nevada. My undivided attention must be devoted to being the best Governor, husband and father I can be.
“For these reasons, I will not seek the United States Senate seat that will be available in 2016.
“I sincerely thank Senator Dean Heller and the many people who encouraged me to run and graciously afforded me and my family the time to arrive at this decision. I look forward to supporting the ultimate Republican nominee.”