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Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval and First Lady Kathleen Sandoval planning to divorce

Gov. Brian Sandoval speaks Tuesday, August 15, 2017, at Renown Health Urgent Care Clinic in Silver Springs. (KRNV/SBG)

Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and his wife, First Lady Kathleen Sandoval, have announced plans to separate and divorce.

In a statement to News 3, the governor noted that the demands of public life have been "hard" on their marriage of 27 years, however, the two remain committed to their three children.

Gov. Sandoval issued the following statement, Friday:

“After 27 years of marriage, Kathleen and I have decided to separate and plan to divorce. It’s no secret that the demands of public life are hard on a marriage and ours has been affected in a way neither of us had envisioned or expected. We both remain committed to our three children and we ask that our privacy, and the privacy of all of our family members, be respected during this difficult time.”

The couple is asking for privacy for their family at this time.

Sandoval will soon enter his eighth and final year as governor of Nevada, a position he was first elected into in 2010.

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