Sean Higgins had a distinctive voice that stood out among his fellow lobbyists in the Las Vegas gaming industry. An attorney, Higgins passed away September 24 of cancer, at 56.
“I’ll always remember Sean riding his motorcycle while smoking a cigar and directing traffic on our street after his house gatherings with his unmistakable voice and laugh,” said fellow Nevada lobbyist John Leleu, who lived across the street from Higgins for 15 years. “Being in the same line of work, I had the privilege of knowing Sean both personally and professionally, and honestly, he was the same guy. Sean pulled no punches, and what you saw was what you got.”
Executive vice president of government affairs for Golden Entertainment at the time of his passing, Higgins was remembered by gaming and political leaders as someone who went to bat for his clients, according to CDC Gaming Reports.
Nevada Gaming Commission Chairman John Moran, Jr., said “we lost a very good friend.”
Golden Entertainment Chairman and CEO Blake Sartini, Sr., said
“Sean had an enormous impact on the success of our company.”
A Las Vegas native, Higgins is survived by his wife, Lynn, a daughter, Samantha, 27, and a son Connor, 24. Services are pending.
“We were able to speak recently and he will certainly be missed throughout Nevada,” Governor Steve Sisolak tweeted. “Kathy and I send our love and condolences to the entire Higgins family during these difficult times.”