Why He Matters
An attorney with a stunning resume, Sandoval won Nevada's 2010 gubernatorial election, beating out Rory Reid (D), the son of Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.).
Sandoval has held a slew of influential posts, including state legislator, gaming commissioner, attorney general and federal judge. In many cases he was either the youngest person ever to hold the position, the first Latino ever to hold the position, or both.
Sandoval is considered by some to be a dark horse GOP candidate for vice president in 2012.