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Bryan, Richard H.


Richard Bryan is an American lawyer and politician who was Nevada’s twenty-seventh Attorney General, twenty-fifth Governor and represented Nevada in the United States Senate from 1989 to 2001. Richard Hudson Bryan was born on July 16, 1937 in Washington, D.C. and attended the University of Nevada, Reno, where he graduated in 1959. After attending the University of California, Hastings College of Law, Bryan received his bachelor of law in 1963 and was admitted to the California Bar in the same year. Bryan worked in a private law practice until 1966 when he became Clark County’s first public defender. In 1972, he ran successfully ran for Nevada Senate and held the office until 1978, when he became Nevada’s Attorney General. In the 1982 gubernatorial election, Bryan successfully ran for Governor and in his final year as Governor, he campaigned to represent Nevada in the United States Senate, which he won. Bryan served in this capacity from 1989 until 2001, when he declined to run for re-election. As of 2020, Bryan is the director of the law firm Fennemore Craig, P.C.


United States Congress. Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Accessed June 25, 2020.

Fennemore Craig, P.C. RICHARD H. BRYAN. Accessed June 25, 2020.