Former Nevada Gov. Sandoval joins Coeur Mining board of directors


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Former Republican Nevada Gov. Brian E. Sandoval has taken a seat on a Chicago-based gold, silver, zinc and lead company's board of directors, according to a press release issued by the company earlier this month.  

Sandoval was appointed to Coeur Mining, Inc.'s Board of Directors and its Environmental, Health, Safety and Corporate Responsibility Committee, according to the press release.

"We are extremely pleased to welcome Brian Sandoval to our Board of Directors," Coeur Board Chairman Robert E. Mellor was quoted in the press release. "His track record of effective executive leadership and his intimate knowledge of regulatory- and mining-related public policy issues will be valuable assets to Coeur. As the Company expands its North American operating footprint, Nevada and the Western U.S. will remain key areas of focus where Gov. Sandoval’s insights and perspectives will be especially helpful."

The press release was issued March 11, three days after Sandoval's appointment became effective.

Founded in 1928 and employing more than 2,000, the company was known as Coeur d'Alene Mines Corporation until changing its name in May 2013, according to Coeur's listing on Bloomberg. Coeur's worldwide holdings include the Sterling gold project and Crown Block deposits in Nevada's Walker Lane trend.

Sandoval, a former attorney, entered public life in 1994 when he was elected to the Reno-based 25th District seat in the Nevada Assembly. There he served on the Judiciary, Taxation, Labor and Management, and Natural Resource committees. Sandoval was appointed to the Nevada Gaming Commission in 1998 and the following year became the commission's youngest chairman in the state's history.

In 2002, Sandoval was elected Nevada Attorney General and in 2005 he was nominated by then President George W. Bush as U.S. District Court judge for Nevada and confirmed unanimously by the U.S. Senate. Sandoval remained on that bench until resigning to run for Governor in 2009.

Sandoval left the governor's office in early January, shortly after the inauguration of current Democratic Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, and soon after was named president of MGM Resorts International's Global Gaming Development.

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