The Attorney General office in Carson City as seen on Monday, Aug 14, 2017. (Jeff Scheid/The Nevada Independent)
Wes Duncan talks to an attendee at the Basque Fry political event in Gardnerville on Aug. 26, 2017.

Likely attorney general candidate Wes Duncan is moving into private law practice after more than two years as a high-ranking deputy in state service.

Duncan, a Republican, spent his last day in the office as Nevada’s first assistant attorney general on Thursday and will take a job as a partner at Las Vegas-based law firm Hutchison & Steffen. The firm is led by Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchisonwho announced his decision not to run for reelection in August — and its team of prominent Republican attorneys also includes Gov. Brian Sandoval’s former general counsel Daniel Stewart.

The firm is working on a series of recalls of three Nevada Senate Democratic Caucus members, but Duncan said he will not be involved in those efforts.

Duncan served one session in the Assembly before taking the job as Republican Attorney General Adam Laxalt’s top deputy in 2014. He told The Nevada Independent earlier this year that he will run for attorney general if Laxalt jumps in the governor’s race — something that’s widely expected.

As a Laxalt lieutenant, the 36-year-old Duncan oversaw the attorney general’s Southern Nevada office and spearheaded and effort to reduce a backlog of untested sexual assault evidence kits. He is a major in the U.S. Air Force, where he currently serves as staff Judge Advocate General (JAG) for the 926th Wing of Nellis Air Force Base.

“For the last two and a half years, Wes Duncan provided extraordinary service to the people of Nevada and this office,” Laxalt said in a statement. “I am proud of the work we have accomplished. I thank him for his dedicated service to our State.”

If he jumps into the attorney general’s race, Duncan is likely to face Democratic Senate Majority Leader Aaron Ford, who is thought to be considering the post. Ford has scheduled a “campaign kick-off” fundraiser for Sept. 12.

This post was updated at 4:21 p.m. on Sept. 8, 2017 to reflect that Duncan is still in the U.S. Air Force and will not be involved in lawmaker recalls.

INDY FAST FACTS Wes Duncan Job: Attorney-Hutchison & Steffen Party: Republican In current office: None Birthdate: December 26, 1980 Education:  Columbia College (A.A.) University of California Berkeley (B.A.) Ohio State University Mortiz College of Law (J.D.) Other public offices held: Assemblyman, District 37 (2012-2014) Total donations: $1,346,156 (11/6/11-6/6/18) Top donors: Las Vegas Sands Corp. $40,000 Station Casinos/Zuffa $24,000 Keystone Corporation $22,500 Republican Assembly Victory Fund & Leaders Caucus $20,000 Starpoint Resort Inc.  $20,000
INDY FAST FACTS Mark Hutchison Job: Lieutenant Governor Party: Republican In current office: 2015-present Birthdate: May 5, 1963 Education: University of Nevada, Las Vegas (B.S.) Brigham Young University, Utah (J.D.) Other public offices held: State senator, District 6 (2013-2014) Total donations: $4,039,967 (1/08/12-12/15/16) Top donors: Marnell Companies LLC $75,000 Wynn Resorts $70,000 Las Vegas Sands $40,000 Station Casinos $39,500 MGM Resorts International $34,000
INDY FAST FACTS Aaron Ford Job: State Senate Majority Leader Party: Democrat In current office: 2012-present *Senate Democratic Leader since 2015 Birthdate: May 24, 1972 Education: Texas A&M University (B.A.) George Washington University (M.A.) Ohio State University (M.A., J.D., Ph.D.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $2,314,213 (1/01/10 - 6/7/18) Top donors: Station Casinos $30,000 MGM Resorts International $28,500 Boyd Gaming $20,500 Nevada State Education Association $20,032 Citizens for Justice Trust $18,000 Caesars Entertainment $18,000
INDY FAST FACTS Adam Laxalt Job: Nevada State Attorney General Party: Republican In current office: 2015-present Birthdate: August 31, 1978 Education: Georgetown University (B.A.) Georgetown University Law Center (J.D.) Other public offices held: None Total donations: $8,262,050 (1/08/14 - 6/07/18) Top donors: Station Casinos/Zuffa/Fertitta $208,500 Las Vegas Sands $75,000 Marnell Properties LLC $42,500 Starpoint Resort Group/Partners $40,000 MGM Resorts $35,000
INDY FAST FACTS Brian Sandoval Job: Nevada Governor Party: Republican In current office: 2011-present Birthdate: August 5, 1963 Education: University of Nevada, Reno (B.A.) Ohio State University (J.D.) Other public offices held: U.S. District Court Judge (2005-2009) Nevada State Attorney General (2003-2005) Nevada Gaming Commission Chair (1999-2001) Nevada Gaming Commission Member (1998-2001) State Assemblyman, District 25 (1994-1998) Total donations: $4,984,248 (1/07/11 - 7/5/17) Top donors: Caesars Entertainment $245,000 Station Casinos $158,072 MGM Resorts International $160,000 Wynn Resorts $80,000 Marnell Properties LLC $70,000
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