The Life and Times  of Nevada's Senator William J. Raggio




   William J. Raggio is  one of Nevada's best known and most admired citizens. A native Nevadan, his public service began in 1952 and ended in 2011, with more than thirty-eight years as a lawmaker!

Before he was a lawmaker, Bill was a law enforcer. As a gutsy district attorney, he fought corruption in the Reno city government and police department; personally prosecuted some of the most heinous crimes ever committed in Nevada; and was subject, along with his family, to threats from dangerous criminal elements bent on destroying his reputation – or worse.

Starting when Reno was still the state’s gaming and entertainment Capital, Bill’s engaging personality and reputation as a tough pro-secutor and brilliant legal mind, has drawn to him the nation’s most famous and powerful.  

From Presidents and  other luminaries in the political, legal and business world, to sports figures and entertainers, including his warm friendship with greats such as Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Durante, Bill Raggio’s  story is an exciting ride through the last 60 years of Nevada history. 



























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n A Man of His Word, author Michael Archer chronicles the amazing life of this legendary Nevadan—a story set against the backdrop of the continuously evolving political and social structure of Nevada itself.

During his tenure as the most influential leader in the history of the Nevada Legislature, he was often referred to by both admirers and critics as "Nevada's Shadow Governor."

However, it proves to be a cautionary tale of what can happen when civility and compassion in the political arena are replaced by part-isanship and extremism and stands as a tribute to one man's courage to oppose such forces regardless of the cost.                  

Man of His Word:
The Life & Times of Nevada’s Senator William J. Raggio
ISBN: 9781555716806 

An imprint of L&R Publishing, LLC, Ashland, Oregon


Printed in the U.S.A.










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