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Sandra Morgan Named New Nevada Gaming Control Board Chairwoman

Morgan Becomes First African-American And Second Woman To Hold The Position

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The Nevada Gaming Control Board has named Sandra Morgan its next chairwoman, making her the first African American, and second woman to hold the position. Nevada’s recently-elected Governor Steve Sisolak made the appointment just days after taking office.

Morgan is currently working for AT&T as its director of external affairs but has previously worked in both government and gaming. Prior to her current position, Morgan worked as North Las Vegas’ city attorney and spent time as MGM Resort’s litigation attorney.

“Sandra Douglass Morgan will be an incredible asset to the gaming control board and I am proud to be able to appoint her as chair,” said Sisolak in a statement. “Sandra’s extensive experience and record of leadership shows that she is not only qualified to chair the Nevada Gaming Control Board, but that she will excel at it as well.”

Becky Harris, the first woman ever to hold the position, is the current chairwoman of the board and will continue to serve until her term ends on Jan. 27. Harris oversaw her final meeting last Wednesday.

Harris took the position in January 2017, and was at the helm during an active time in the Nevada gaming market. During her tenure, the state saw a merger of online poker player pools, as well as the casino industry’s response as marijuana expanded from medicinal to recreational after the 2016 election cycle.

One of Morgan’s major tasks at-hand will be overseeing the opening of the Las Vegas Strip’s first new casino in over a decade. The Genting Group is scheduled debut Resorts World on the north end of the Las Vegas Strip in 2020. The Malaysian company is currently being sued by Wynn Resorts, however, over architectural similarities.