Governor Grant Sawyer
The Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies is named after former Governor Grant Sawyer, who served as Governor for the state of Nevada from 1959 to 1966.
Governor Sawyer was an early leader in the battle to establish laws that promote equal rights. His efforts led to an end to segregationist policies in the state of Nevada, and helped to integrate schools, police departments, and the Nevada gaming industry. He was instrumental in creating the Nevada Gaming Commission in 1959, which helped to free the gaming industry from underworld influences. He was also an advocate of environmental conservation, and a leader in the movement to protect land at Lake Tahoe for public use. He also served as Chair of the Nevada Commission on Nuclear Projects, where he worked to prevent the establishment of nuclear waste dumps in Nevada.
Grant Sawyer left a legacy of exemplary public service, and a strong record of support for social justice issues in both the state of Nevada and our nation.