Richard Bryan

American attorney and politician

Richard Hudson Bryan (born July 16, 1937) is an American attorney and politician. He served as the 25th Governor of the U.S. state of Nevada from 1983-89, and as a United States Senator from Nevada from 1989 to 2001. He is a member of the Democratic Party.

Richard Bryan
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United States Senator
from Nevada
In office
January 3, 1989 – January 3, 2001
Preceded byChic Hecht
Succeeded byJohn Ensign
Chairman of the Select Committee on Ethics
In office
January 3, 1993 – January 3, 1995
Preceded byTerry Sanford
Succeeded byMitch McConnell
25th Governor of Nevada
In office
January 3, 1983 – January 3, 1989
LieutenantBob Cashell
Bob Miller
Preceded byRobert List
Succeeded byBob Miller
27th Attorney General of Nevada
In office
January 1, 1979 – January 3, 1983
GovernorRobert List
Preceded byRobert List
Succeeded byBrian McKay
Member of the Nevada State Assembly
In office
Personal details
Richard Hudson Bryan

(1937-07-16) July 16, 1937 (age 85)
Washington, D.C., U.S.
Political partyDemocratic (1971–present)
Spouse(s)Bonnie Belinda Fairchild (1962-2016; her death)
ChildrenLeslie, Blair, Richard Jr.
ResidenceLas Vegas, Nevada, U.S.

Bryan was born in Washington, D.C. and graduated from the University of Nevada at Reno in 1959 where he was a member of Alpha Tau Omega.[1] He earned his law degree from the University of California, Hastings College of Law. In 1963 he was admitted to the Nevada Bar.


  1. "Famous ATOs". Alpha Tau Omega. Retrieved 11 June 2011.