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Former Nevada Governor Takes Job With MGM Resorts One Day After Leaving Office

Brian Sandoval Joins Las Vegas Casino Giant As President Of Global Gambling Development

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Former Nevada Gov. Brian SandovalJust one day after his final term as Governor of Nevada came to an end, MGM Resorts has announced that Brian Sandoval will be the Las Vegas company’s new President of Global Gambling Development.

Sandoval will be tasked with helping MGM expand internationally, specifically in the emerging Japanese casino market. Japan passed legislation in July to allow for three casino resorts, in a market that could be worth as much as $25 billion annually.

“Few leaders are as widely respected, accomplished and knowledgeable as Brian Sandoval, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him as part of the MGM family,” MGM Resorts chairman and CEO Jim Murren said in a statement.

As a member of the Republican Party, Sandoval served as Nevada’s Governor from 2011 until he was succeeded by Democrat Steve Sisolak this week. Previously, he served as a federal judge and then the 30th Attorney General of Nevada.

The 55-year-old is not a career politician, however, having worked as Chair of the Nevada Gaming Commission from 1999 to 2001.

“As I return to the private sector for the first time in over 20 years, finding the right professional opportunity to best suit my experience as a former legislator, gaming regulator, Attorney General, federal judge and Governor was important to me,” Sandoval said in a statement.