Friend of Ronald Reagan and former US senator dies at the age of 96
Nevada politician US Senator Paul Laxalt died on Monday. He was often described as the “First Friend” because of his close relationship with Republican President Ronald Reagan.
Republican Attorney General Adam Laxalt wrote a moving tribute to his grandfather in his honor. The late senator was 96.
Senator Paul Laxalt died at a healthcare facility in northern Virginia on Monday. His wife, Carol, was by his side according to reports.
The pair married in 1975 and the senator was a renowned figure in Nevada politics. He served one term as governor, two terms in the US senate and as general chairman of the Republican National Committee.
For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. His grandson, Republican Attorney General Adam Laxalt, praised his grandfather through a statement.
“He was the embodiment of the American dream, a pillar of the greatest generation, and he represented all that is best in American politics.”
Attorney General Adam Laxalt, August 7, 2018
Adam is running for governor and in June and won the GOP nomination. He called him the embodiment of the American dream.
“My grandfather was the rare man in the arena that never lost sight of who he was or where he came from," Adam wrote. He shared that his grandfather was both a light and a compass which was a testament to what a man should be.
Thinking of my Grampa Paul Laxalt on his 96th birthday today. He served in WWII and dedicated his life to others. I am truly blessed to have him as a role model. Happy Birthday! 🎂— Adam Paul Laxalt (@AdamLaxalt) August 2, 2018
Former US Senator Harry Reid described Paul as “the definition of what a leader should be: Kind, thoughtful and eager to extend a hand in friendship, regardless of political affiliation.”
One of my most admired leaders, Nevada’s greatest governor, Reagan friend, Lake Tahoe steward; expanded Nevada public higher ed & accessibility; my Nevada relatives loved him. God Bless Paul Laxalt— Heidi Donner (@DonnerHeidi) August 7, 2018
May the LORD bless and be with the Laxalt family as they commemorate the loss of its honorable and exemplary Patriarch, Paul Laxalt. He served our state and our nation with honor, intelligence and strength. He was a man's man, a gentleman, and a scholar. May he rest in peace.— Keller Williams (@KellerWM) August 7, 2018
He added that his legacy was secured as one of the finest leaders Nevada has ever known. “With a public-service career spanning four decades, Paul epitomized the very best Nevada had to offer by putting service above self," said US Senator Dean Heller in a statement.
Our story on former Gov. and Sen. Paul Laxalt, a political giant whose career coincided with the resurgence of the Republican Party and who was known on the national scene as Ronald Reagan’s best friend.https://t.co/X6MdnXaI4w pic.twitter.com/o5dg3l8tsY— Nevada Independent (@TheNVIndy) August 7, 2018
Paul was married to Jackalyn Ross, the daughter of a prominent federal judge, and the couple had six children. After he married his second wife, Carol, he adopted her daughter from a previous marriage.
At the time of his death, the former senator had numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.