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Grant Sawyer
Grant Sawyer.jpg
Chair of the National Governors Association
In office
June 6, 1964 – July 25, 1965
Preceded by John Anderson Jr.
Succeeded by John H. Reed
21st Governor of Nevada
In office
January 5, 1959 – January 2, 1967
Lieutenant Rex Bell
Maude Frazier
Paul Laxalt
Preceded by Charles H. Russell
Succeeded by Paul Laxalt
Personal details
Born Frank Grant Sawyer
(1918-12-14)December 14, 1918
Twin Falls, Idaho, U.S.
Died February 19, 1996(1996-02-19) (aged 77)
Las Vegas, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Bette Hoge
Education Linfield College
University of Nevada, Reno (BA)
George Washington University
Georgetown University (LLB)

Frank Grant Sawyer (December 14, 1918 – February 19, 1996) was an American politician. He was the 21st Governor of Nevada from 1959 to 1967. He was a member of the Democratic Party.[1]

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  • Inside Education | Students taste test newest addition to CCSD Menu - Fish Sticks!


It's been several years since CCSD has offered a fish option for school lunches. That officially changed this month when a brand-new fish stick debuted. Adding a new school lunch item, one that can meet all the dietary standards, is a very big task, but from what we heard during a recent taste test, the new item is going to be a winner. (Lory Hayon) I want to get an idea of what you want to see on your plate with your fish sticks. The fish sticks are a special one called "nacho." What they have is a whole-grain breading that's like a nacho Dorito. <i> And that is how the taste test began</i> <i> here at Grant Sawyer Middle School</i> <i> where students agreed to give their thoughts</i> <i> on the new fish sticks and whether they're served</i> <i>with deli-roasted potatoes or mashed potatoes.</i> <i>These students weren't shy,</i> <i> and they gave the fish sticks high marks.</i> (Brandon Dadis) I like how it's crispy and how she said the fish is from Alaska and it gives you protein. (Fayza Salah) The fish sticks' appearance looks appetizing. I would definitely eat this, and it tasted really good. (Emmanuel Gidah) The outside is crispy, and once you bite into it, the inside is tender and gooey. (Helen Girma) I thought they were good. I like the flavor of the nacho. <i>Not all lunch menu items get these glowing reviews.</i> <i> For CCSD registered dietitian Lory Hayon,</i> <i> the fish helps expand protein options.</i> It seems like all of our protein options are poultry, which causes problems when I have children with poultry allergies, for instance. We want to be sensitive to their needs as well and have more beef, pork and fish options. <i> But any old fish stick wouldn't pass</i> <i> USDA school lunch standards.</i> The guidelines dictate that we need to provide whole-grain options. Anything we serve in the way of a breading or a bread has to be at least 51% whole-grain. The fish sticks of the past wouldn't meet the guidelines, and we wouldn't be compliant. "How about you, what do you think of the fish sticks?" (Rah'qeeb Shepherd) Well, the appearance is pretty good, and the taste, I'd give it about a 9 out of 10 because it was so crispy and tender when I tasted it. (Ashley Palencia) I thought it was very good also. I'm not kind of a fish person, but this was actually very good. I really enjoyed it. <i> How students rated the food items</i> <i> will be shared with Food Services,</i> <i> but early indications were good.</i> I learned they like the mashed potatoes a lot with the fish, first of all. I think what I learned also is the fish sticks, they want them crispy. We have to look at our cooking technique in the kitchen to maybe not cook as many in the pan so we give them more crunch. The District originally wanted to put fish tacos on the menu as opposed to just the fish sticks, but finding a tortilla that can meet the 51% whole-grain standard has been difficult so far; we'll keep you posted.


Early life

Sawyer was born on December 14, 1918, in Twin Falls, Idaho. He was the son of two osteopaths, Harry William and Bula Belle Cameron Sawyer. Sawyer's father was also a state legislator in Nevada.[2]

Sawyer served in the U.S. Army during World War II. He married Bette Norene Hoge on August 1, 1946.[3]


Sawyer attended Linfield College for two years and later enrolled at the University of Nevada, Reno, where he graduated in 1941. While a student at Nevada, Sawyer was a member of the Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity.[4] Sawyer then went to The George Washington University Law School but left to enlist in the army at the beginning of World War II. After his military service he enrolled at Georgetown University, where he received a law degree in 1946.[5]

Political career

He served as District Attorney for Elko County, Nevada from 1950 to 1958. Sawyer served as the Governor of Nevada from 1959 to 1967. He was defeated in his attempt at a third term by Paul Laxalt.

Governor Sawyer worked to push through civil rights policies and legislation, a difficult process in a state that had been accused of being "the Mississippi of the West."[6]

He was responsible for the development of the modern casino regulatory system with the passage of the Gaming Control Act of 1959 and the formation of the Nevada Gaming Commission. Sawyer swam against the tide of history when he unsuccessfully fought to prevent corporate ownership over Nevada casinos.

Sawyer was the first western governor to endorse the fledgling presidential campaign of Massachusetts Senator John F. Kennedy in 1960.

Commentators have reflected on Sawyer's career as follows: Grant Sawyer served two turbulent terms as Nevada's governor from 1959 to 1967. Sawyer was an advocate of progressive change. By the late fifties he had come so far from his start in the conservative political machine of Senator Patrick McCarran that many powerful Nevadans considered his policies on education, the environment, and civil rights to be dangerously radical. When he demanded meaningful regulatory control over casino gaming and took decisive action to purge the industry of its mob connections, the establishment's resistance stiffened. Eventually, Sawyer's positions brought him into open conflict with special interests and led to a collision with the justice department of the federal government, but he never backed down.

Later years

In 1967, Sawyer co-founded Lionel Sawyer & Collins. For many years, this was the largest private law firm in Nevada. The firm ceased operations on December 31, 2014.[7]

Sawyer died on February 19, 1996, in Las Vegas, Nevada of complications of a debilitating stroke suffered in 1993, at the age of 77.[8] His wife Bette, a native of Baker City, Oregon, died on September 11, 2002, at the age of 79. They are both interred at the Palm Memorial Park in Las Vegas, Nevada.


The following facilities are named for the former governor:

  • The Grant Sawyer Building, a state office building, located at 555 East Washington Avenue, Las Vegas
  • Grant Sawyer Middle School, located at 5450 Redwood Street, Las Vegas
  • The Grant Sawyer Center for Justice Studies, part of the School of Social Research and Justice Studies at the University of Nevada, Reno


  1. ^ "Nevada Governor Grant Sawyer". National Governors Association. Archived from the original on 27 May 2011. Retrieved 13 June 2011. 
  2. ^ "Nevada's First Ladies: Bette Norene (Hoge) Sawyer (1923 – 2002)". University of Nevada, Reno. Retrieved July 4, 2015. 
  3. ^ Sawyer, Grant (1993). Hang tough! Grant Sawyer, an activist in the governor's mansion. Reno: University of Nevada Oral History Program. p. 256. ISBN 1-56475-366-2. 
  4. ^ Artemesia Yearbook. Reno, Nevada: University of Nevada. 1941. p. 77. 
  5. ^ Myles, Myrtle Tate (1972). Nevada's governors: From territorial days to the present, 1861-1971. Western Printing & Publishing Co. p. 310. 
  6. ^ Rocha, Guy. "Myth #105 - The Mississippi of the West". Nevada State Library and Archives. Retrieved 16 June 2011. 
  7. ^
  8. ^ "Former governor Grant Sawyer, 77, dies". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved 18 June 2011. 

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Party political offices
Preceded by
Vail M. Pittman
Democratic nominee for Governor of Nevada
1958, 1962, 1966
Succeeded by
Mike O'Callaghan
Political offices
Preceded by
Charles H. Russell
Governor of Nevada
Succeeded by
Paul Laxalt
Preceded by
John Anderson Jr.
Chair of the National Governors Association
Succeeded by
John H. Reed
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