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Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen


Governor Jim Pillen was sworn in as Nebraska’s 41st Governor on January 5, 2023.

He enters office with the goal of protecting, training, and keeping our kids in Nebraska, cutting taxes, growing agriculture, and defending our commonsense, conservative values.

Governor Pillen grew up on a farm in Platte County, Nebraska and raised pigs with his father, Dale. He graduated from Lakeview High School.

He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science from UNL, and married Suzanne Shreve. Governor Pillen then earned a doctor of veterinary medicine from Kansas State. In 1983, he returned to Nebraska and opened a small animal practice and swine consulting practice.

Governor Pillen and his father, Dale, partnered together, raising 60 sows and 1,200 market hogs on a dirt lot on their home farm. In 1993, Jim started Pillen Family Farms. In 2003, he added DNA Genetics. In 2010, his two oldest children, Sarah and Brock, joined the business.

Pillen Family Farms and DNA Genetics are now a multigenerational family-run business, composed of over 1,100 team members. The family business operates by some basic core beliefs—do what is right, do the best you can, and treat others the way you want to be treated. 

Jim and wife, Suzanne, have four children, Sarah, Brock, Polly and Izic, and seven grandchildren, William, Halle, Eloise, Henry, Harrison, Ava, and Thomas.

Recent News

Gov. Pillen, Mayor Stothert Announce Additional State Investments into Three Shovel-Ready Capital Projects in Metro Omaha

LINCOLN, NE, July 11, 2024 - Governor Jim Pillen and Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert announced additional funding for three Omaha-area projects through the state’s Shovel-Ready Capital Recovery & Investment Act (Shovel-Ready) program. Omaha…

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DNR Director Riley Announces Departure from State Government

LINCOLN, NE – Today, Governor Jim Pillen announced that Tom Riley, director of the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will be leaving his position with the state and transitioning back to the private sector. Riley’s last day…

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Lt. Governor Kelly to Lead Trade Mission to Indonesia

LINCOLN, NE – In just over a week, Lieutenant Governor Joe Kelly will lead a 20-plus member trade delegation to Indonesia. The week and a half long visit will include representatives from the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA), the…

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Gov. Pillen Encourages Celebration of the 4th of July

LINCOLN, NE - Ahead of July 4 festivities, Governor Jim Pillen offered the following message to Nebraskans: “On Independence Day we are reminded of the extraordinary courage and vision of our nation’s founders who boldly declared our…

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Gov. Pillen Invites Nebraskans to Register for the Ag and Economic Development Summit: One Nebraska, Headlined by Husker AD Troy Dannen

Register for the 2024 Summit at govsummit.nebraska.gov. LINCOLN - Governor Jim Pillen, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED), and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) encourage Nebraskans to register for the Ag &…

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Executive Orders Issued to Assist in Transportation of Ag Products and Aggregates

LINCOLN - Two executive orders (EO) have been issued from the office of Governor Jim Pillen to assist in the transportation of agricultural products and aggregates in the aftermath of storm damage and flooding that happened primarily along the…

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Gov. Pillen Applauds Reduction in Abortions, Says It’s a Tremendous Start

LINCOLN, NE, June 28, 2024 – Governor Jim Pillen is applauding data from Nebraska’s 2023 Statistical Report of Abortions indicating a nearly nine percent drop from 2022. The decrease follows the 2023 passage of LB574’s Preborn…

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Gov. Pillen Commends SCOTUS Overturn of Chevron Doctrine

LINCOLN, NE, June 28, 2024 - Today, Governor Jim Pillen commended the 6-3 decision from the U.S. Supreme Court overturning the Chevron deference doctrine, which broadly required courts to defer to a federal regulatory agency’s own…

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Governor Pillen Congratulates Beatrice, NDOT on Securing Federal Grant to Make Transformative Downtown Improvements

LINCOLN, NE – On June 27th, Governor Jim Pillen congratulated the City of Beatrice on the recent federal grant award of $21,389,417 from the RAISE program to fund the Court Street Access and Safety Transformation (CAST) Initiative project…

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Governor Pillen Provides Further Guidance Regarding Special Session to Fix Property Tax Crisis

LINCOLN, NE – On June 25th, Governor Jim Pillen sent a letter to Speaker of the Legislature John Arch, announcing his intent to call senators back into session starting July 25, to address the state’s worsening property tax crisis.…

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Governor Pillen Declares State of Emergency for Counties Along Missouri River

LINCOLN, NE – Governor Jim Pillen is acting proactively to mitigate the impact of any flooding that happens along the Missouri River. On June 24th, he declared a state of emergency for those counties that abut the river, which will immediately…

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Governors Pillen and Reynolds Issue Joint Request to Stay Off Missouri River

LINCOLN, NE -- Governor Jim Pillen and Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds have issued a joint request for people to remain off the Missouri River in the coming days, as water levels continue to surpass flood stage. That urgent message comes following the…

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Governor Pillen Authorizes Helicopter and Crew Deployment to Flood-Affected Area of Iowa

LINCOLN, NE – Governor Jim Pillen has authorized the deployment of a military helicopter and crew to assist with search and rescue operations in and around Sioux City in northwest Iowa. The four Army Guard members from the Nebraska National…

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Governor Pillen Declares State of Emergency for Panhandle Wildfire

LINCOLN, NE – Governor Jim Pillen has signed a proclamation declaring a state of emergency due to a wildfire that started in Box Butte County and spread into Merrill County earlier this week. Approximately 10,000 acres were scorched. The…

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Governor Pillen Issues Emergency Disaster Declaration for May 20 – June 3 Storms

LINCOLN, NE -- Governor Jim Pillen is taking two immediate actions to help mitigate the impacts resulting from a series of strong storms that resulted in damage to nearly 20 Nebraska counties. The storms occurred May 20 – June 3,…

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Governor Jim Pillen Issues Statement on News that Foreign-Owned **** Trafficker, Pornhub, will Shut Down in Nebraska Due to New State Law

LINCOLN, NE – On June 20th, Governor Jim Pillen issued a statement about the new Nebraska law requiring online pornographers to verify the age of people consuming their obscene content. Pornhub, one of the world’s busiest online…

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Governor Pillen Announces Appointments to Boards and Commissions - June 18, 2024

LINCOLN, NE – Governor Jim Pillen is announcing the appointments made to boards and commissions from January 1, 2024 through May 31, 2024. A list of current board and commission openings can be found on the Governor’s website…

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Governor Pillen Announces Appointments to New Commission on Asian-American Affairs

LINCOLN, NE – On June 17th, Governor Jim Pillen announced 13 appointments to the newly created Commission on Asian-American Affairs. The commission was created through passage of LB1300, which included legislation introduced by Senator Rita…

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Governor Pillen Encourages Nebraskans to Observe Flag Day

LINCOLN, NE – On June 14th, Governor Jim Pillen encouraged Nebraskans to observe Flag Day as a symbol of hope and inspiration for people in Nebraska, the United States and around the world. “The American flag is a worldwide symbol of…

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Governor Pillen Seeks Applicants for NPPD Board

LINCOLN, NE – On June 13th, Governor Jim Pillen announced he is accepting applications to fill a vacancy on the Nebraska Public Power District Board (NPPD) of Directors. The open position is in Subdivision 4, which includes Lincoln, Hayes,…

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Governor Pillen Announces Additional State Funding for Museum of Nebraska Art's Renovation and Expansion

LINCOLN, NE – On June 13th morning, Governor Jim Pillen announced an award of $845,767 to support the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) in Kearney with completion of a multiyear restoration and expansion project. The announcement was made during…

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Governor Pillen and Senators Visit Deployed Troops at Border

LINCOLN, NE – Governor Jim Pillen traveled Wednesday to Del Rio, Texas, to see troops he deployed to assist in securing America’s southern border. He was joined by Speaker John Arch, Senator Tom Brewer, chairman of the…

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Governor Pillen Invites Nebraskans to Register for the One Nebraska Ag and Economic Development Summit, Headlined by Husker AD Troy Dannen

Register for the 2024 Summit at govsummit.nebraska.gov. LINCOLN – Governor Jim Pillen, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED), and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) encourage Nebraskans to register for the One…

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Governor Pillen Issues Memorial Day Proclamation and Statement

LINCOLN, NE – Governor Jim Pillen has issued the 2024 Memorial Day Proclamation, calling on Nebraskans to remember the sacrifices of all service men and women and their families. He provided the following statement: “We express our…

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Nebraska Counties Receive Federal Disaster Declaration for April Storm

LINCOLN, NE – For the second time this month, Governor Jim Pillen has received approval of a federal disaster declaration. The latest is for funding to assist with clean up and repairs resulting from a severe winter storm that hit the…

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Governor Pillen Joins 23 States Opposing WHO Pandemic Treaty Proposals

LINCOLN, NE – Governor Jim Pillen has joined the governors of 23 other states in opposition to the Biden administration’s expected commitment to two international agreements that would strengthen the World Health Organization’s…

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Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Observance of Peace Officers Memorial Day

LINCOLN, NE - Governor Jim Pillen, in accordance with a request from the White House, announced that all U.S. and Nebraska flags are to be flown at half-staff, today, on Peace Officers Memorial Day. “During Police Week, and especially on May…

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Governor Pillen Requests Federal Disaster Declaration for Early April Panhandle Storm

LINCOLN, NE – On May 6th, Governor Jim Pillen requested a federal major disaster declaration for Nebraska counties impacted by winter storm conditions on April 6 and 7. The request includes the following eight counties: Banner, Cheyenne,…

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Governor Pillen Responds to Expedited Federal Disaster Declaration

LINCOLN, NE – At the request of Governor Jim Pillen, President Joe Biden granted a major disaster declaration for the state, triggering the release of federal funds to help Nebraska residents and communities recover from severe storms,…

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Nebraska Will Not Comply with the Biden Administration’s Rewrite of Title IX

LINCOLN, NE – On May 3rd, Governor Jim Pillen announced that Nebraska will not comply with the Biden administration’s new rules for Title IX. Title IX is the law that prohibits sex discrimination in educational programs that…

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Governor Pillen Reacts to Damaging Storms; Orders State Resource Assistance

LINCOLN, NE -- Governor Jim Pillen issued the following statement in the aftermath of severe thunderstorms and tornadoes that resulted in damage across eastern Nebraska Friday afternoon: "Suzanne and I extend our deepest prayers to all those…

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Governor Pillen Appoints Puhl to Workers’ Compensation Court

LINCOLN, NE – Governor Jim Pillen has announced the appointment of Brynne Holsten Puhl of Lincoln to Nebraska’s Workers’ Compensation Court. The primary location of the vacancy is Lincoln, Lancaster County. Judges appointed to the…

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Governor Pillen Signs 10 Bills into Law, Vetoes Another

Lincoln, NE – Governor Jim Pillen has signed 10 bills into law and announced his veto of a bill he says would harm Nebraska taxpayers. Legislative Bill 25 would make taxpayers financially liable for lawsuits filed against towns, cities,…

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Governor Pillen Names New Chief Information Officer

LINCOLN, NE – Governor Jim Pillen has announced the appointment of Dr. Matthew J. McCarville as chief information officer for the state of Nebraska. McCarville starts his new role on April 22nd. “Dr. McCarville’s information…

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Governor Pillen Announces Elimination of Developmental Disabilities Registry

Governor Pillen Announces Elimination of Developmental Disabilities Registry LINCOLN, NE - Governor Jim Pillen joined leaders from the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC), and…

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Two Nominees Forwarded for Workers’ Compensation Court

Two Nominees Forwarded for Workers’ Compensation Court LINCOLN, NE -- Today, the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Workers’ Compensation Court provided the following names for consideration by Governor Jim Pillen: Jill K. Hamer…

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Governor Pillen, State Senators, and Healthcare Leaders Celebrate Legislation to Provide $1 Billion Annual Boost to Nebraska's Hospitals

Gov. Pillen, State Senators, and Healthcare Leaders Celebrate Legislation to Provide $1 Billion Annual Boost to Nebraska’s Hospitals LINCOLN, NE – Today, Governor Jim Pillen, state senators, and the Nebraska Hospital Association (NHA)…

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Governor Pillen's Statement on Advancement of Property Tax Relief Package to Legislature

LINCOLN, NE - Today, Governor Jim Pillen expressed his appreciation to the Nebraska Legislature’s Revenue Committee for its work to advance LB 388 to the floor for debate. “I want to congratulate the members of the Revenue Committee on…

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Flags to Fly at Half-Staff to Honor Victims of the Tragedy in Allen, Texas

LINCOLN, NE – Today, Governor Jim Pillen, in accordance with a request from the White House, announced that all U.S. and Nebraska flags are to be flown at half-staff immediately to honor the victims of the deadly shooting in Allen, Texas.…

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Governor Pillen Temporarily Waives Regulations for Truckers Hauling Critically Needed Fuels

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Jim Pillen issued Executive Order 23-09 to provide emergency relief in response to regional fuel shortages. The order temporarily allows drivers to work extended hours to haul gasoline or gasoline blends, diesel, fuel…

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Governor Pillen Among Those Confident in Nebraska's Economy

The Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board (Forecasting Board) voted on Wednesday to make minor adjustments to current fiscal year revenue projections for general fund receipts. The Forecasting Board voted unanimously to adjust current year…

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Governor Pillen Calls on Senator to Reconsider Heartbeat Vote

LINCOLN, NE – Governor Pillen issued the following statement in response to state senators failing to advance the Nebraska Heartbeat Act: "I am a staunch defender of Life and supporter of the Nebraska Heartbeat Act. I am profoundly…

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ICYMI: Governor Pillen Signs Constitutional Carry Bill Into Law

LINCOLN, NE – Governor Jim Pillen signed LB77 Constitutional Carry into Nebraska law. LB77 allows law-abiding Nebraskans who are 21 years or older to carry a concealed handgun without a permit. Governor Pillen was joined by the bill introducer…

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Governor Pillen Promotes Broadband Connections During National Library Week

CLAY CENTER, NE – Today, Governor Jim Pillen, together with the Nebraska Library Commission, the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC), the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT), and the Clay Center Library, highlighted the Nebraska…

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ADVISORY: Governor Pillen to Sign LB77 'Constitutional Carry'

LINCOLN, NE – On Tuesday, April 25, Governor Jim Pillen will hold a signing ceremony for LB77, which provides for carrying of concealed handguns without a permit. Governor Pillen will be joined by the bill's introducer Senator Tom Brewer and…

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Governor Pillen Fills NPPD Board Seat

LINCOLN, NE – Governor Jim Pillen has appointed Rusty Kemp to a vacancy on the Nebraska Power District Board of Directors. Kemp will represent Subdivision 5. That seat has been vacant since early last month, following the Board’s…

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Governor Pillen Seeks Applicants for DED Director

LINCOLN, NE – Governor Jim Pillen announced he is accepting applications for a new director to lead the Nebraska Department of Economic Development. Prospective applicants can apply through the Governor's Boards and Commissions portal or in…

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Governor Pillen Extends Statewide Burn Ban

LINCOLN, NE – Governor Jim Pillen announced he is extending the statewide suspension of the authority of local fire chiefs to waive the open burning ban. The suspension is effective through midnight April 23, 2023 based on extreme dry and…

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Nebraska, Iowa, Missouri Partner for Application to Create Clean Hydrogen Hub

LINCOLN, NE – In partnership with the states of Iowa and Missouri, Governor Pillen announced that Nebraska has submitted a grant application with the U.S. Department of Energy for funding to establish the Mid-Continent Clean Hydrogen Hub…

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Governor Pillen Seeks Applicants for NPPD Board - April 7, 2023

LINCOLN, NE – Due to the vacancy in Subdivision 11 for the Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) Board of Directors, Governor Jim Pillen is now accepting applications to fill the vacancy. Prospective applicants can apply through the Governor's…

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Governor Pillen Announces Appointment for District 25

LINCOLN, NE – Today, Governor Jim Pillen announced his appointment of former prosecutor Carolyn Bosn to serve as the representative for District 25 in the Nebraska Legislature. She will fill the seat and complete the term of Sen. Suzanne…

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Governor Pillen Accepts Resignation of DED Director

LINCOLN, NE – Today, Governor Jim Pillen accepted the immediate resignation of Department of Economic Development (DED) Director Tony Goins. Governor Pillen thanks Director Goins for his honorable service to our country as a United States…

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Governor Pillen Announces New Corrections Director

LINCOLN, NE – Today, Governor Pillen announced Rob Jeffreys as the next director of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS). Jeffreys will start April 17, 2023. "Rob is a visionary and nationally recognized leader in…

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ADVISORY: Governor Pillen to Announce New Corrections Director

LINCOLN, NE – On Monday, April 3rd, Governor Jim Pillen will announce a new director for the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services. He and the new director will be joined by Lieutenant Governor Joe Kelly and acting Director Diane…

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Flags to Fly at Half-Staff to Honor Victims of the Tragedy in Nashville, Tennessee

LINCOLN, NE – Today, Governor Jim Pillen, in accordance with a request from the White House, announced that all U.S. and Nebraska flags are to be flown at half-staff immediately, to honor the victims of the deadly shooting in Nashville,…

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ADVISORY: Governor Pillen to Honor Vietnam War Veterans

LINCOLN, NE – On Wednesday, March 29th, Governor Jim Pillen will host Nebraska Vietnam War veterans at the Nebraska State Capitol to honor them for their service and to proclaim March 29th as Vietnam War Veterans Day in Nebraska. The…

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ADVISORY: Governor Pillen to Put Spotlight on Severe Weather Awareness

LINCOLN, NE – Governor Jim Pillen will declare March 27-31 “Severe Weather Awareness Week” on Thursday, March 23 at 10 a.m. in the Governor’s Hearing Room. Governor Pillen will discuss the importance of being prepared for…

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ADVISORY: Governor Pillen to Declare 'Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month'

LINCOLN, NE – Governor Jim Pillen will declare March "Developmental Disabilities Awareness Month" on Tuesday, March 21 at 10 a.m. in the Warner Chamber. Governor Pillen will be joined by Tony Green, the Director of the Division of…

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Governor Pillen Seeks Applicants for NPPD Board

LINCOLN, NE – Due to the vacancy in Subdivision 5 for the Nebraska Public Power District Board of Directors, Governor Jim Pillen is now accepting applications to fill the vacancy. Prospective applicants can apply through the Governor's Boards…

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Governor Pillen Calls Upon PSC to Focus on Rail Safety

LINCOLN, NE – Today, Governor Jim Pillen reacted to media reports that the Nebraska Public Service Commission has failed to employ a railroad track safety inspector for two decades. He is calling on the agency to refocus efforts to protect…

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Governor Pillen Urges Support for LB 753

LINCOLN, NE – Today, Governor Jim Pillen urged legislators to support LB 753 to make sure children across the state get the educational choices they need to succeed. "Our kids are our future, and we need to give them every educational…

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Governor Pillen Issues EO Banning State Use of CCP Tech

LINCOLN, NE – Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen announced his issuance of an executive order banning the state of Nebraska and its contractors from using communications equipment and services produced by Huawei Technologies, ZTE Corporation, Hytera…

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Governor Pillen Declares 'National Pig Day', Names Office Pig

LINCOLN, NE – Today, Governor Jim Pillen was joined by fourth graders to help celebrate Nebraska’s 156th Statehood Birthday and National Pig Day by naming the office’s metal pig. Two fourth graders, representing Christ Lutheran…

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Governor Pillen to Name Office Pig on National Pig Day

LINCOLN, NE – Governor Jim Pillen will declare Wednesday, March 1, 2023 "National Pig Day" and announce the name of the metal pig that has taken up residence in the reception area of the Governor’s office. Since Inauguration, visitors…

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Governor Pillen Comments on Revenue Forecast

LINCOLN, NE – Governor Jim Pillen reacted today to the decision by the Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board (NEFAB) to make no additional adjustments to the revenue forecast, as presented last October. That forecast was used to…

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Governor's Weekly Column: Protecting Our Kids Is My Top Priority

LINCOLN, NE – Below is Governor Jim Pillen's weekly column. Attached is a copy of his headshot. We all agree that our kids are our future. In every community across our state, no matter the size, we all want the same thing – a better…

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Governor Pillen Testifies in Support of LB 706

LINCOLN, NE – Today, Governor Jim Pillen testified in support of LB 706, a bill that clears the way for the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) to exercise bonding authority to accelerate completion of highway capital improvement…

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Governor Pillen, NSP, and NDOT Urge Caution Over Winter Weather Across State

LINCOLN, NE– Today, Governor Jim Pillen is joining with state agencies in urging caution as a winter storm moves across Nebraska, bringing the potential for significant snow, high winds, and bitterly cold conditions. Areas of greatest impact…

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Governor Pillen Signs Historic Agreement With State Troopers

LINCOLN, NE – Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen joined members of law enforcement and representatives with the State Law Enforcement Bargaining Council (SLEBC) in signing a contract agreement that includes a historic pay increase for state…

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Governor Pillen, Corrections Office Union Reach Labor Agreement

LINCOLN, NE – Today, Governor Jim Pillen and state leaders announced a labor contract agreement between the State of Nebraska and the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP). The FOP represents teammates within protective services classifications,…

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Governor's Weekly Column: Not Every Kid Needs a Mentor, But Every Kid Deserves One

Lincoln, NE – Below is Governor Jim Pillen's weekly column. Attached is a copy of his headshot. Families, schools, and teachers do a lot to support Nebraska kids, but sometimes they need more. That is where mentors fill the gap. They provide…

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Governor Pillen Declares February 'Nebraska Mentoring Month', Unveils New Initiative

Lincoln, NE – On Feb 7th, Governor Jim Pillen was joined by Coach Tom Osborne, state lawmakers, and representatives from mentoring programs across the state to declare February "Nebraska Mentoring Month" and unveil a new major mentoring…

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Governor Pillen Appoints University Regent for District 3

LINCOLN, NE – Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen announced he is appointing Jim Scheer to serve as the District 3 Regent on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. "Jim is a public servant who will work to grow the University of Nebraska,"…

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Governor's Weekly Column: Every Kid Deserves School Choice

Lincoln, NE – Below is Governor Jim Pillen's weekly column. Attached is a copy of his headshot. Every Nebraska kid should be given the opportunity to have their educational needs met, whether they live in Omaha or Scottsbluff. Every parent…

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Two Nominees Forwarded for the District Court Judge in the Third Judicial District

LINCOLN– On Feb 3rd, the Judicial Nominating Commission for the District Judge in the Third Judicial District (Lancaster County) provided the following names for the Governor’s consideration: Jennifer Huxoll, Lincoln and Matthew Mellor,…

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Governor Pillen Appoints University Regent for District 3

LINCOLN, NE – Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen announced he is appointing Jim Scheer to serve as the District 3 Regent on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. "Jim is a public servant who will work to grow the University of Nebraska,"…

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Two Nominees Forwarded for the District Court Judge in the Third Judicial District

LINCOLN – Today, the Judicial Nominating Commission for the District Judge in the Third Judicial District (Lancaster County) provided the following names for the Governor’s consideration: Jennifer Huxoll, Lincoln and Matthew Mellor,…

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Governor Pillen to Announce Major Mentoring Initiative

Lincoln, NE – Governor Jim Pillen will announce the introduction of a major mentoring initiative and declare February "Nebraska Mentoring Month" on Monday, February 6 at 12 pm.Governor Pillen will be joined by Coach Tom Osborne, state…

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ADVISORY: Governor Pillen to Announce Major Mentoring Initiative

LINCOLN, NE – Governor Jim Pillen will announce the introduction of a major mentoring initiative and declare February "Nebraska Mentoring Month" on Monday, February 6 at 12 pm. Governor Pillen will be joined by Coach Tom Osborne, state…

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Governor Pillen Appoints Lancaster County Election Commissioner

LINCOLN, NE – Today, Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen appointed Todd Wiltgen as the Lancaster County Election Commissioner, effective February 13, 2023. Wiltgen replaces former election commissioner Dave Shively, who retired on January 20. …

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Governor Pillen Signs Letter Condemning New WOTUS Rule

Lincoln, NE – On Jan 31st, Governor Jim Pillen joined two dozen governors from across the nation in defending water rights and access for farmers, ranchers, developers, businesses, and landowners. The governors are requesting that President…

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Governor Pillen To Testify on Slate of Bills This Week

LINCOLN, NE – Governor Jim Pillen will testify on a slate of bills this week, starting Wednesday, February 1. All bills will be heard by the Revenue Committee. Below is the complete list of dates and introduced legislation: Feb. 1 (LB589) --…

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Governor Pillen Signs Letter Condemning New WOTUS Rule

LINCOLN, NE – Today, Governor Jim Pillen joined two dozen governors from across the nation in defending water rights and access for farmers, ranchers, developers, businesses, and landowners. The governors are requesting that President Joe…

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Governor Pillen To Testify on Slate of Bills This Week

LINCOLN, NE – Governor Jim Pillen will testify on a slate of bills this week, starting Wednesday, February 1. All bills will be heard by the Revenue Committee. Below is the complete list of dates and introduced legislation: Feb. 1 (LB589) …

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Governor Pillen Appoints Fire Marshal

LINCOLN, NE – Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen announced he is appointing Scott Cordes as the Nebraska State Fire Marshal. Cordes will replace Shane Hunter, who stepped down due to personal health issues. "Scott will work hard to cut regulatory…

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Governor Pillen Appoints Public Service Commissioner for District 2

Governor Pillen Appoints Public Service Commissioner for District 2 LINCOLN, NE – Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen announced he is appointing Christian Mirch to serve as the District 2 Commissioner on the Nebraska Public Service Commission.…

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Governor Pillen Appoints Fire Marshal

Governor Pillen Appoints Fire Marshal LINCOLN, NE – Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen announced he is appointing Scott Cordes as the Nebraska State Fire Marshal. Cordes will replace Shane Hunter, who stepped down due to personal health issues. …

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Governor Jim Pillen 2023 State of the State Address

Governor Jim Pillen 2023 State of the State Address Good Morning! President Kelly; Speaker Arch; members of the 108th Legislature; tribal leaders; family, friends and distinguished guests; my fellow Nebraskans: Our family has had an…

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Flags to Fly at Half-Staff to Honor Victims of the Tragedy in Monterey Park, California

LINCOLN, NE – On Jan 23rd, Governor Jim Pillen, in accordance with a request from the White House, announced that all U.S. and Nebraska flags are to be flown at half-staff immediately to honor the victims of the deadly shooting in Monterey…

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Cut Taxes, Invest in Our Kids

LINCOLN, NE – Our current tax system fails Nebraskans and needs reform now. For too long, our tax code has not been competitive. We rank 29th in the country for personal income tax rate and 32nd for business income tax rate. And as all…

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Flags to Fly at Half-Staff to Honor Victims of the Tragedy in Monterey Park, California

Flags to Fly at Half-Staff to Honor Victims of the Tragedy in Monterey Park, California Flags to Fly at Half-Staff to Honor Victims of the Tragedy in Monterey Park, California LINCOLN, NE – Today, Governor Jim Pillen, in accordance with…

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Governor Pillen Announces Historic Tax Relief Bills

Lincoln, NE – On Jan 18th, Governor Jim Pillen, accompanied by several state senators including members of the Revenue Committee, announced six priority bills for the Legislative session aimed at transforming Nebraska's tax code, making our…

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Governor to Announce Education Agenda

Governor to Announce Education Agenda LINCOLN, NE – Governor Jim Pillen will announce the introduction of his education priority bills on Tuesday, January 17 at 10:30 a.m. Governor Pillen will be joined by the state senators who will be…

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Governor to Announce Tax Relief Agenda

Governor to Announce Tax Relief Agenda LINCOLN, NE – Governor Jim Pillen will announce the introduction of his tax relief priority bills on Wednesday, January 18 at 8:30 a.m. Governor Pillen will be joined by the state senators who will be…

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Governor Pillen Announces Senate Appointment

Lincoln, NE – On Jan 12th, Governor Jim Pillen announced that former Governor Pete Ricketts will be appointed as Nebraska's next U.S. Senator. Governor Pillen and Senator-designate Ricketts were joined by U.S. Senator Deb Fischer, Lieutenant…

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New Year, New Administration, Same Guiding Vision

The start of a new year is the time to reflect on how far we’ve come as a state — as well as to look forward to where Nebraska is heading. Last year was one for the record books. And thanks to the progress we achieved together,…

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Gov. Ricketts' New Year Statement

Gov. Ricketts' New Year Statement LINCOLN –Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement in observance of New Year’s Day, which is celebrated on January 1, 2023. “2022 has been a year for the record books. As we head into…

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Governor Ricketts Thanks NDOT Director John Selmer for His Outstanding Public Service

Lincoln, NE -- On Dec 29th, Governor Pete Ricketts thanked Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) Director John Selmer for his outstanding service to the state. NDOT Director Selmer announced he is retiring from State government after…

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Together, We’ve Grown Nebraska

Last week, we celebrated the arrival of Nebraska’s 2022 Silver Shovel. This prestigious national award recognizes states that have successfully attracted major economic development projects. And it’s no coincidence that three out of the…

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Governor Ricketts Announces Nebraska’s Fourth Silver Shovel Award for Economic Development

LINCOLN – On Dec 23rd, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that Nebraska has received a major economic development award. For the fourth time, Area Development—the leading executive magazine covering corporate site selection and relocation…

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Governor Ricketts’ Christmas Statement

Lincoln — On Dec 23rd, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement in observance of Christmas, which is celebrated on December 25, 2022. “It was over two millennia ago when an angel shared the good news with a group of shepherds: That…

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Governor-Elect Pillen Announces Resignation Date From Board of Regents

Governor-Elect Pillen Announces Resignation Date From Board of Regents LINCOLN, NE – Nebraska Governor-elect Jim Pillen announced his resignation from the University of Nebraska Board of Regents effective January 4th, 2023. "It has been…

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Governor Ricketts, Gov-Elect Pillen to Announce Replacement for Senator Hilgers’ Legislative Seat

LINCOLN – On Dec 22nd, in conjunction with Governor-elect Jim Pillen, Governor Pete Ricketts will hold a press conference to announce the appointment of a new senator to represent District 21 in the Nebraska Legislature. The appointment will…

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Governor Ricketts, First Lady Shore Launch the Nebraska Capitol Art Experience

LINCOLN – On Dec 21st, Governor Pete Ricketts and First Lady Susanne Shore launched the Nebraska Capitol Art Experience, an initiative to connect all Nebraskans to the artwork in the state’s Capitol building. They were joined by Jessica…

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Governor Ricketts Issues Executive Order to Continue to Help Hospital Planning and Strengthen Nebraska’s Healthcare Workforce

LINCOLN – On Dec 21st, in consultation with Governor-elect Jim Pillen, Governor Pete Ricketts issued Executive Order (EO) 22-08 to continue to facilitate hospital planning and ensure additional healthcare workforce capacity in Nebraska. EO…

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Gov. Ricketts Thanks Tax Commissioner Tony Fulton for His Excellent Public Service

Gov. Ricketts Thanks Tax Commissioner Tony Fulton for His Excellent Public Service LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts thanked Nebraska Department of Revenue Commissioner Tony Fulton for his excellent service to the state of Nebraska.…

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Governor-Elect Pillen, Governor Ricketts Announce LD 21 Selection

Governor-Elect Pillen, Governor Ricketts Announce LD 21 Selection LINCOLN, NE – Today at a joint press conference, Nebraska Governor-elect Jim Pillen and Governor Pete Ricketts announced Beau Ballard will be the next senator for…

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Governor Ricketts Highlights Success of Workforce Development Programs

LINCOLN – On Dec 20th, Governor Pete Ricketts held a press conference highlighting two workforce training models designed to bring up Nebraskans: Ignite Nebraska and SNAP Next Step Employment and Training (SNAP Next Step). Ignite Nebraska is…

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It’s Always the Season to Serve Others in Nebraska

The holiday season is full of examples of Nebraskans taking the time to help one another. Just think of the bells we hear and the red Salvation Army buckets we see at the entrances of the stores where we run our daily errands. The toy drives and…

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Governor-Elect Pillen Announces Breakthrough Agreement With State Troopers

Governor-Elect Pillen Announces Breakthrough Agreement With State Troopers LINCOLN, NE –Nebraska Governor-elect Jim Pillen announced his team has reached a breakthrough agreement with the State Law Enforcement Bargaining Council (SLEBC)…

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Gov. Ricketts Highlights Success of Workforce Development Programs

Gov. Ricketts Highlights Success of Workforce Development Programs LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts held a press conference highlighting two workforce training models designed to bring up Nebraskans: Ignite Nebraska and SNAP Next…

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Gov. Ricketts, First Lady Shore to announce the Nebraska Capitol Art Project

Gov. Ricketts, First Lady Shore to announce the Nebraska Capitol Art Project LINCOLN – On Wednesday, December 21, Governor Pete Ricketts and First Lady Susanne Shore will announce the Nebraska Capitol Art Program during a press conference…

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Governor Ricketts to Share Success of New Workforce Training Model

LINCOLN – On Monday, December 19th at 10:00 AM, Governor Pete Ricketts will hold a news conference with state agency directors, community partners, and recent program graduates to share the success of Ignite Nebraska, a new workforce training…

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Governor Ricketts Issues Emergency Proclamation following Severe Winter Storm

LINCOLN – On Dec 16th, Governor Pete Ricketts issued an Emergency Proclamation for impacted counties in the Panhandle and North Central Nebraska following an ongoing winter storm. On Tuesday, December 13th, a severe winter storm moved across…

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Gov. Ricketts Issues Emergency Proclamation following Severe Winter Storm

Gov. Ricketts Issues Emergency Proclamation following Severe Winter Storm LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued an Emergency Proclamation for impacted counties in the Panhandle and North Central Nebraska following an ongoing…

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Gov. Ricketts to Share Success of New Workforce Training Model

Gov. Ricketts to Share Success of New Workforce Training Model LINCOLN – On Monday, December 19th at 10:00 AM, Governor Pete Ricketts will hold a news conference with state agency directors, community partners, and recent program graduates…

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Governor-Elect Pillen: 'I Will Use Every Opportunity to Expand Mentoring'

Governor-Elect Pillen: 'I Will Use Every Opportunity to Expand Mentoring' LINCOLN, NE – Nebraska Governor-elect Jim Pillen announced he will be using every tool of the executive branch to expand Nebraska's mentoring capacity with a focus…

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Governor-Elect Pillen Announces Director of DMV

Governor-Elect Pillen Announces Director of DMV LINCOLN, NE – Nebraska Governor-elect Jim Pillen announced he will be retaining Rhonda Lahm as the Director of the Nebraska Department of Motor Vehicles. "Rhonda has decades of experience…

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Governor Rickett Joins NDOT, State and Local Partners for Major Announcement: The Lincoln South Beltway is Open to Traffic

Lincoln, NE — On Dec 14th, Governor Pete Ricketts, the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT) Director John Selmer, and other state and local partners gathered to celebrate the opening of the Lincoln South Beltway. Through the…

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Connecting Nebraska Through 21st Century Infrastructure

Soon, I will gather with state and local officials to celebrate the opening of the Lincoln South Beltway. This 11-mile, four lane freeway connects U.S. Highway 77 to the Nebraska Highway (N-2). It’s expected to divert over 75% of the truck…

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Governor Ricketts Highlights Efforts to Improve Health Outcomes for Underserved Communities in Nebraska

Lincoln – On Dec 6th, Governor Pete Ricketts held a press conference to highlight initiatives and organizations working to improve health outcomes for underserved communities in Nebraska. The Governor was joined by Kevin Bagley, Director of…

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Together, We’ve Made Nebraska a Global Brand

In Nebraska, the crops we grow, livestock we raise, goods we manufacture, and innovations we develop make an impact far beyond our borders. Nebraskans have long known that. Increasingly, the world does too. Growing Nebraska’s international…

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Governor Ricketts’ Pearl Harbor Day Statement

LINCOLN – On Dec 6th, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement for National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, which is observed on December 7, 2022. “Eighty-one years ago, Americans united in response to Imperial Japan’s…

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Gov. Ricketts Highlights Efforts to Improve Health Outcomes for Underserved Communities in Nebraska

Gov. Ricketts Highlights Efforts to Improve Health Outcomes for Underserved Communities in Nebraska LINCOLN - Today, Governor Pete Ricketts held a press conference to highlight initiatives and organizations working to improve health outcomes for…

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Governor Ricketts Concludes Successful Trade Mission to Japan

TOKYO, JAPAN – This week, Governor Ricketts concluded a fourth successful trade mission to Japan. Delegates on the mission included representatives from Nebraska’s ag businesses, state commodity organizations, the Nebraska Farm Bureau,…

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Governor Ricketts, First Lady Shore to Host Christmas Tree Lighting at State Capitol

Lincoln – On Sunday, December 11th, Governor Pete Ricketts and First Lady Susanne Shore will host the annual Nebraska State Christmas Tree Lighting at the State Capitol Building. In addition to the Christmas tree lighting, the event will…

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Gov. Ricketts Concludes Successful Trade Mission to Japan

Gov. Ricketts Concludes Successful Trade Mission to Japan TOKYO, JAPAN – This week, Governor Ricketts concluded a fourth successful trade mission to Japan. Delegates on the mission included representatives from Nebraska’s ag…

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Governor Ricketts Issues Statement in Support of Federal Legislation for Permanent, Nationwide E15

LINCOLN – On Nov 30th, Senators Fischer and Sasse, along with a bipartisan set of 11 other senators, introduced the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act. If enacted, the bill would allow for the permanent sale of E15 year-round. …

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Acting Governor Foley Extends Temporary Waiver of Regulations for Truckers Hauling Critically Needed Fuels

Acting Governor Foley Extends Temporary Waiver of Regulations for Truckers Hauling Critically Needed Fuels LINCOLN – On Dec 1st, acting Governor Mike Foley signed Executive Order 22-07 to extend emergency relief on account of regional fuel…

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Gov. Ricketts Issues Statement in Support of Federal Legislation for Permanent, Nationwide E15

Gov. Ricketts Issues Statement in Support of Federal Legislation for Permanent, Nationwide E15 LINCOLN -- Today, Senators Fischer and Sasse, along with a bipartisan set of 11 other senators, introduced the Consumer and Fuel Retailer Choice Act. …

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Flags to Fly at Half-Staff to Honor Congressman Donald McEachin

LINCOLN – On Nov 29th, Governor Pete Ricketts, in accordance with a request from the White House, announced that all U.S. and Nebraska flags are to be flown at half-staff to honor Congressman Donald McEachin. McEachin had represented…

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Connecting Nebraska’s Waiting Children With Forever Families

The family unit plays a crucial role in shaping a child’s life. A loving home is a tremendous blessing –it’s easy for many of us to take that for granted. But there are nearly 500 children in Nebraska still waiting on a forever…

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Governor Ricketts Begins Japan Trade Mission, Promotes Nebraska in Tokyo

TOKYO, JAPAN – This week, Governor Pete Ricketts is leading a trade mission to Japan to promote Nebraska’s quality ag products and to pitch Nebraska as a top destination for international investment. The Governor and trade delegation…

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Gov. Ricketts Appoints Aaron Conn to the County Court for the Twelfth Judicial District

Gov. Ricketts Appoints Aaron Conn to the County Court for the Twelfth Judicial District LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts appointed Aaron Conn of Rushville to the County Court, Twelfth Judicial District (consisting of Banner, Box…

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Governor Ricketts Appoints Thomas Klein to the County Court for the Sixth Judicial District

Lincoln – On Nov 23rd, Governor Pete Ricketts appointed Thomas Klein of Wahoo to the County Court, Sixth Judicial District (consisting of Burt, Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Thurston, and Washington counties). Klein, 55, has served as the…

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Governor Ricketts Appoints Aaron Conn to the County Court for the Twelfth Judicial District

Lincoln, NE – On Nov 23rd, Governor Pete Ricketts appointed Aaron Conn of Rushville to the County Court, Twelfth Judicial District (consisting of Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff,…

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Grateful for the Good Life

As Nebraskans, we’re fortunate to live in a state where we enjoy peace, prosperity, and the blessings of liberty. As we celebrate Thanksgiving with friends and family, there are plenty of reasons to be grateful here in the Good Life. …

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Gov. Ricketts Appoints Thomas Klein to the County Court for the Sixth Judicial District

Gov. Ricketts Appoints Thomas Klein to the County Court for the Sixth Judicial District LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts appointed Thomas Klein of Wahoo to the County Court, Sixth Judicial District (consisting of Burt, Cedar,…

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Governor Ricketts’ Thanksgiving Statement

LINCOLN – On Nov 23rd, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement in observance of Thanksgiving Day, which will be celebrated November 24, 2022. “Thanksgiving is a time to reflect on the Good Life we enjoy here in…

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Governor Ricketts, State Patrol Present Carnegie Medal to Heroic Nebraskan

LINCOLN – On Nov 22nd, Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) recognized Frank Axiotes of Elkhorn with the Carnegie Medal, awarded by the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission. The Carnegie Medal is North America’s highest…

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Gov. Ricketts, State Patrol Present Carnegie Medal to Heroic Nebraskan

Gov. Ricketts, State Patrol Present Carnegie Medal to Heroic Nebraskan LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) recognized Frank Axiotes of Elkhorn with the Carnegie Medal, awarded by the Carnegie Hero…

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Governor Ricketts Announces $5.6 Million of Federal Awards to Develop Strategic Plans for Broadband Expansion

LINCOLN – On Nov 15th, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the State has been awarded two federal grants - totaling nearly $5.6 million—from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NITA) to develop strategic…

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Gov. Ricketts Announces Appointments to Boards and Commissions

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced appointments he has made to fill Nebraska’s boards and commissions. The following appointees are unpaid and subject to Legislative confirmation: Crime Victim's Reparations…

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Developing Nebraska’s Next Generation of Workplace Leaders

Over the past year, Nebraska set an all-time high for employment. Our rapid growth is creating thousands of great-paying jobs. There are currently over 50,000 openings listed on the State’s job site: NEworks.Nebraska.gov. That’s more…

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Governor Ricketts’ Veterans Day Statement

LINCOLN – On Nov 10th, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement in recognition of Veterans Day. Veterans Day is observed on November 11, 2022. “Throughout our state’s history, Nebraskans have made it a priority to…

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Governor Ricketts Congratulates Governor-Elect Jim Pillen

Lincoln, NE – On Nov 9th, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement following the election of Jim Pillen as the State of Nebraska’s 41st Governor. “Congratulations to Jim Pillen for being elected to serve Nebraskans as our…

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Military Service: The Cornerstone of a Free Republic

Throughout our state’s history, Nebraskans have made it a priority to honor our veterans. In fact, our appreciation is built into the very foundation of our State Capitol building. One hundred years ago, in 1922, a military parade escorted…

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Governor Ricketts to Receive Order of the Rising Sun Award for Strengthening the Nebraska-Japan Relationship

LINCOLN – Next week, Governor Pete Ricketts will be honored by the Government of Japan with the Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Star, for his work to strengthen the relationship between Nebraska and Japan. Gov. Ricketts will travel…

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Leading the Way to Cleaner, More Affordable, American-Made Fuel

There’s no reason why the U.S. should be reliant on authoritarian regimes like Iran, Russia, and Venezuela to supply the fuel we need. We have more than enough resources to restore our energy independence and bring fuel prices down. In…

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Governor Ricketts Temporarily Waives Regulations for Truckers Hauling Critically Needed Fuels

LINCOLN – On Nov 1st, Governor Pete Ricketts issued Executive Order 22-06 to provide emergency relief on account of regional fuel shortages. The order temporarily allows drivers to work extended hours to haul gasoline or gasoline blends,…

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Governor Ricketts Proclaims the Ornate Box Turtle as Nebraska’s State Reptile

GRETNA – on Oct 28th, Governor Pete Ricketts proclaimed the ornate box turtle as Nebraska’s official state reptile during a ceremony hosted by the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission (NGPC) at Schramm Education Center. Monica Macoubrie,…

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Governer Ricketts: State’s Revenue Forecast Reflects Nebraska’s Strong Growth, Sets Stage for More Tax Relief

LINCOLN – On Oct 28th, Governor Pete Ricketts commented on this afternoon’s decision by the Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board to raise the State’s revenue forecast by $2.5 billion through fiscal year 2024-2025. The board…

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Three Nominees Forwarded for the County Court Judge in the Twelfth Judicial District

LINCOLN – On Oct 28th, the Judicial Nominating Commission for the County Judge in the Twelfth Judicial District (consisting of Banner, Box Butte, Cheyenne, Dawes, Deuel, Garden, Grant, Kimball, Morrill, Scotts Bluff, Sheridan, and Sioux…

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Three Nominees Forwarded For The County Court Judge In The Sixth Judicial District

The Judicial Nominating Commission for the County Judge in the Sixth Judicial District (consisting of Burt, Cedar, Dakota, Dixon, Dodge, Thurston, and Washington counties) provided the following three names for the Governor’s consideration: …

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Driving a Culture of Continuous Improvement

American companies are the most innovative and customer-friendly in the world. People have numerous experiences as customers each day, and they’re accustomed to the exceptional service provided in the private sector. They shouldn’t…

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Governor Ricketts Celebrates Operational Excellence in State Government

LINCOLN – On Oct 24th, Governor Pete Ricketts and State leaders highlighted the achievements of the State’s Center of Operational Excellence (COE). Governor Ricketts and his team launched the COE in 2016 to help create a more effective,…

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Governor Ricketts Announces EPA Approval of State’s Expanded E30 Demonstration Project

LINCOLN – On Oct 20th, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the continuation of groundbreaking research being done in Nebraska on E30 fuel. Results of the State’s initial…

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Gov. Ricketts Celebrates Operational Excellence in State Government

Gov. Ricketts Celebrates Operational Excellence in State Government LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and State leaders highlighted the achievements of the State’s Center of Operational Excellence (COE). Governor Ricketts and…

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Governor Ricketts, Dept. of Transportation Celebrate Latest Completion of Heartland Expressway

ANGORA – On Oct 17th, Governor Pete Ricketts, the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT), and other state and local dignitaries gathered to celebrate progress on construction of the Heartland Expressway. On Oct 17th’s ceremony…

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Nebraska’s Fast-Growing Bioscience Industry

In 2024, NASA will send a small surgical robot from Nebraska to the International Space Station. The tiny, two-pound robot will be able to perform surgeries on the space station that would normally require a surgeon’s expertise and much…

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Gov. Ricketts Announces EPA Approval of State's Expanded E30 Demonstration Project

Gov. Ricketts Announces EPA Approval of State's Expanded E30 Demonstration Project LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has approved the continuation of groundbreaking…

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Governor Ricketts Comments on Strong September Tax Receipts

LINCOLN – On Oct 14th, Governor Pete Ricketts commented on the State’s net revenue receipts for September 2022, which topped projections by $110 million for the month. “Nebraska’s growth continues to be incredibly…

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Governor Ricketts Announces Key Staff Transition

LINCOLN – On Oct 13th, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that a key member of his cabinet will be transitioning to a role outside state government. Lauren Hill Kintner has served as a member of the Governor’s cabinet as Director of the…

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Governor Ricketts Presents 2022 Medicaid Provider Awards

LINCOLN – On Oct13th, Governor Pete Ricketts; Dannette R. Smith, CEO of the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS); and Kevin Bagley, Director of the DHHS Division of Medicaid and Long-Term Care, honored four healthcare…

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Governor Ricketts Cuts Ribbon on New Fitness Center at Johnson County Central School

COOK – On Oct 14th, morning, Governor Pete Ricketts; Jake Steinfeld, Chairman of the National Foundation for Governors’ Fitness Councils (NFGFC); dignitaries; educators; and students cut ribbon on Johnson County Central Middle…

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Nebraska’s Commitment to Child Welfare

Nebraska is the best place to raise a family. We have safe, supportive communities. We have great schools. We have world-class zoos, fantastic children’s museums, and beautiful state and local parks. And children in Nebraska benefit from our…

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Governor Ricketts Issues Response to Speculation around Upcoming U.S. Senate Vacancy

LINCOLN – On Oct 11th, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement in response to speculation around an upcoming vacancy left by U.S. Senator Ben Sasse’s possible resignation. This is the only statement that will be issued…

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Governor Ricketts and Lt. Governor Foley Celebrate Manufacturing Growth Across the Good Life During Manufacturing Month

Lincoln – October is Manufacturing Month in Nebraska. This week, Governor Pete Ricketts and Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley visited manufacturers across the state to thank them for investing in the Good Life. On Wednesday, the Governor…

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Governor Ricketts, AG Peterson Criticize President Biden’s Announcement on Marijuana

LINCOLN – On Oct 6th, Governor Pete Ricketts and Attorney General Doug Peterson issued the following joint statement in response to President Biden’s announcement on marijuana: “The President’s announcement today on…

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Flags to Fly at Half-Staff for the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service

LINCOLN – On Oct 5th, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that all U.S. and Nebraska flags are to be flown at half-staff this weekend in observance of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service on Sunday. Flags will be flown at…

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Governor Ricketts Celebrates Groundbreaking of Rancher-Owned Meatpacking Plant in North Platte, Discusses Proposed Rail Park with Leaders in Lincoln County

LINCOLN COUNTY – On Oct 4th, afternoon, Governor Pete Ricketts gave remarks at the ceremonial groundbreaking of Sustainable Beef, a meat processing plant being built in North Platte. He then traveled to Hershey for a briefing with leaders of…

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Governor Ricketts Thanks Nebraska National Guard for Helping to Secure the Southern Border

SOUTHWEST BORDER – On Friday, September 30th, Governor Pete Ricketts visited members of the Nebraska National Guard to thank them for their work to help secure the U.S. border with Mexico. Gov. Ricketts also met with U.S. Customs and Border…

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Bringing Manufacturing Back Home

Over the past three years, we’ve dealt with shortages of many goods, from lumber to cars to toilet paper. Supply chain shortages have shown that the United States is overreliant on foreign suppliers. Instead of depending on China for medicine,…

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Governor Ricketts Hosts Trev Alberts on 'The Nebraska Way' Podcast

LINCOLN – On Sep 30th, Governor Pete Ricketts released the 41st episode of “The Nebraska Way” featuring Trev Alberts, Vice Chancellor for Athletics at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. During the episode, Alberts discusses his…

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Governor Ricketts Supports Multi-State Challenge to Biden Administration’s Student Loan Cancellation Program

Lincoln – On Sep 29th, Nebraska and five other states filed a challenge to the Biden Administration’s Student Loan Cancellation Program. Governor Ricketts thanked Nebraska Attorney General Doug Peterson for leading the effort:…

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Governor Ricketts Appoints Colin Palm to the County Court for the Second Judicial District

LINCOLN – On Sep 29th, Governor Pete Ricketts appointed S. Colin Palm of Plattsmouth to the County Court, Second Judicial District (consisting of Cass, Otoe, and Sarpy counties). Palm, 50, has served in the Cass County Attorney’s…

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Governor Ricketts Recognizes State Teammates Working to Promote Child Welfare

LINCOLN – On Sep 27th, Governor Pete Ricketts and leaders in the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) recognized child welfare specialists at a proclamation signing ceremony at the State Capitol. Gov. Ricketts proclaimed…

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Enjoying Nebraska’s Great Outdoors

It’s been refreshing to feel the crisp air with the arrival of autumn. As the weather cools off and leaves begin to change color, it’s a great time to get outdoors. From hunting to hiking to hayrack rides, there are plenty of…

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Governor Ricketts Honors 2022 Recipients of the Governor’s Wellness Award

LINCOLN – On Sep 19th, Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) announced this year’s recipients of the Governor’s Wellness Award. Steffany Lien, Miss Nebraska 2022, joined the…

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Bridging the Digital Divide to Connect Nebraska

Over the years, Nebraskans have built thousands of miles of trails, rails, power lines, and highways to connect our state. This connectivity has helped our urban and rural communities thrive. Yet as more of our lives have gone online,…

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Governor Ricketts Extends Executive Orders to Facilitate Hospital Planning and Strengthen Healthcare Workforce

LINCOLN – On Sep 19th, Governor Pete Ricketts issued Executive Order (EO) 22-05 to extend previous executive orders made to facilitate hospital planning and ensure additional healthcare workforce capacity. With the extension,…

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Governor Ricketts’ Constitution Day Statement

LINCOLN – On Sep 16th, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement in observance of Constitution Day, which is celebrated on September 17, 2022. “Since its signing in 1787, the U.S. Constitution has served as the enduring…

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Governor Ricketts Names Interim Leaders of Dept. of Corrections, Fire Marshal’s Office

Lincoln – On Sep 16th, Governor Pete Ricketts announced Diane Sabatka-Rine as Interim Director of the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services (NDCS). He also announced Doug Hohbein as Interim State Fire Marshal. Both leaders will head…

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Governor Ricketts, Department of Revenue Highlight Increased Property Tax Relief Available to Nebraskans

LINCOLN – On Sep 15th, Governor Pete Ricketts held a press conference to highlight the historic amount of tax relief available to Nebraskans. During his time in office, Gov. Ricketts has worked with the Legislature to pass $12.7 billion in…

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Strengthening Nebraska’s Presence Abroad

As governor, I’ve prioritized strengthening Nebraska’s presence abroad. Ninety-five percent of the world’s population lives outside of America’s borders. We must reach these international customers to grow Nebraska and…

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Governor Ricketts Expresses Strong Opposition to President Biden’s Costly and Unfair Student Loan Forgiveness Scheme

LINCOLN – On Sep 12th, Governor Pete Ricketts, as part of a coalition of 22 Governors, wrote a letter to President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. opposing the President’s costly and unfair scheme to shift responsibility for student debt onto…

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Governor Ricketts Comments on U.S. Department of Education’s Proposed Revisions to Title IX, Urges Nebraskans to Comment

LINCOLN – On Sep 9th, Governor Pete Ricketts submitted comment on the U.S. Department of Education’s proposed revisions to Title IX. The changes purposely misinterpret and misapply Supreme Court opinion to expand the definition of…

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Governor Ricketts Appoints Sarah Moore to the Separate Juvenile Court of Sarpy County

LINCOLN – On Sep 9th, Governor Pete Ricketts appointed Sarah M. Moore of Omaha to the Separate Juvenile Court in Sarpy County. Moore, 41, has been a Deputy County Attorney in the Sarpy County Attorney’s Office since September 2021,…

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Governor Ricketts Appoints Cindy Volkmer to the District Court for the Eleventh Judicial District

LINCOLN – On Seo 9th, Governor Pete Ricketts appointed Cindy R. Volkmer to the District Court for the Eleventh Judicial District (consisting of Arthur, Chase, Dawson, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Gosper, Hayes, Hitchcock, ******, Keith, Lincoln,…

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Governor Ricketts Tours Possible Sites of Perkins County Canal and Reservoir System Along the South Platte River

SOUTH PLATTE RIVER BASIN – On Tuesday, Governor Pete Ricketts toured portions of the South Platte River Basin with state officials. The visit offered a firsthand look at drought conditions and included a windshield survey of possible routes…

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Flags to Fly at Half-Staff to Honor Queen Elizabeth II

LINCOLN – On Sep 8th, Governor Pete Ricketts, in accordance with a proclamation from the White House, announced that all U.S. and Nebraska flags are to be flown at half-staff to honor Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. Queen…

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Governor Ricketts’ Patriot Day Statement

LINCOLN – On Sep 9th, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement in observance of Patriot Day, which is celebrated on September 11, 2022: “Twenty-one years ago, the United States endured the shocking terrorist attacks of…

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Governor Ricketts Highlights 'Connect Nebraska' Broadband Initiative

LINCOLN – On Sep 7th, Governor Pete Ricketts held a press conference to highlight the State’s plans to expand reliable, high-speed internet service across Nebraska. The Governor was joined by members of the “Connect…

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Governor Ricketts Hosts Welcome Home Event for Recently Discharged Service Members

Lincoln – On Wednesday evening, Governor Pete Ricketts hosted the 2022 Veterans Welcome Home event at the Governor’s Residence in Lincoln. Service members who have discharged over the past year were invited, along with their families, to…

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Governor Ricketts to Host 'Broadband and Water' Town Halls in Ogallala and Alliance

LINCOLN – On Sep 6th, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that he will host town halls in Ogallala and Alliance on Tuesday, September 20th. At the town halls, Governor Ricketts will discuss how the State is expanding broadband internet access and…

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Gov. Ricketts to Host "Broadband and Water" Town Halls in Ogallala and Alliance

Gov. Ricketts to Host "Broadband and Water" Town Halls in Ogallala and Alliance LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that he will host town halls in Ogallala and Alliance on Tuesday, September 20th. At the town halls, Gov.…

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Governor Ricketts Hosts Jane Miller on 'The Nebraska Way' Podcast

LINCOLN – On Sep 6th, Governor Pete Ricketts released the 40th episode of “The Nebraska Way” featuring Jane Miller, retired President and Chief Operating Officer of Gallup. During the episode, Jane discusses her community…

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Protecting Title IX from the Biden Administration

Fifty years ago, women’s volleyball wasn’t even a varsity sport at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (UNL). Fast forward a half century, and Nebraska volleyball is must-see entertainment. Matches at the Devaney Center are standing…

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Gov. Ricketts Hosts Jane Miller on "The Nebraska Way" Podcast

Gov. Ricketts Hosts Jane Miller on "The Nebraska Way" Podcast LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts released the 40th episode of “The Nebraska Way” featuring Jane Miller, retired President and Chief Operating Officer of…

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Governor Ricketts’ Labor Day Statement

LINCOLN – On Sep 2nd, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement in observance of Labor Day: “Nebraskans are known for working hard, and data confirms our state’s great work ethic,” said Gov. Ricketts.…

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Governor Ricketts Congratulates Corrections Director and Fire Marshal for Excellent Public Service

LINCOLN – On Sep 1st, Governor Pete Ricketts thanked Nebraska Department of Correctional Services Director (NDCS) Scott Frakes and State Fire Marshal Chris Cantrell for their excellent service to the State of Nebraska. NDCS Director Frakes…

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Three Nominees Forwarded for the County Court Judge in the Second Judicial District

LINCOLN – The Judicial Nominating Commission for the County Judge in the Second Judicial District (consisting of Cass, Otoe, and Sarpy counties) has provided the following three names for the Governor’s consideration: James M. Buchanan,…

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Governor Ricketts Signs Agreement to Expand Access to Affordable Post-Secondary Education in Nebraska

LINCOLN – On Aug 30th, Governor Pete Ricketts signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with Western Governors University (WGU) to expand access to affordable, high-quality degree programs for Nebraskans. The partnership with WGU…

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Nebraska’s Agricultural Innovation

Nebraska is a land of pioneers. Our state was settled by hardy homesteaders who ventured across windswept prairies in search of opportunity. While we often celebrate the grit and determination of these early Nebraskans, they deserve equal credit for…

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Governor Ricketts Provides Update on Trade Mission to the United Kingdom and Ireland

London, United Kingdom – On Aug 24th, Governor Pete Ricketts provided an update to media on the State of Nebraska’s trade mission to the United Kingdom and Ireland. The Nebraska trade delegation departed for the mission on August 21st…

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Governor Ricketts Appoints Richard R. Smith to the County Court for the First Judicial District

Lincoln – On Aug 19th, Governor Pete Ricketts appointed Richard “Rick” R. Smith of Cook to the County Court, First Judicial District (consisting of Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline, and Thayer counties).…

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Governor Ricketts Appoints Denise Kracl to the County Court for the Fifth Judicial District

LINCOLN – On Aug 19th, Governor Pete Ricketts appointed Denise Kracl of Schuyler to the County Court, Fifth Judicial District (consisting of Boone, Butler, Colfax, Hamilton, Merrick, Nance, Platte, Polk, Saunders, Seward, and York counties).…

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Governor Ricketts Meets with British Insurers on Trade Mission

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – On Aug 22nd, Governor Pete Ricketts and leaders from Nebraska’s insurance industry met with the Association of British Insurers (ABI) at its London headquarters. The roundtable meeting provided a forum to discuss…

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Two Nominees Forwarded for the District Court Judge in the Eleventh Judicial District

LINCOLN – The Judicial Nominating Commission for the District Judge in the Eleventh Judicial District (consisting of Arthur, Chase, Dawson, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Gosper, Hayes, Hitchcock, ******, Keith, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Perkins,…

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Gov. Ricketts Meets with British Insurers on Trade Mission

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts and leaders from Nebraska’s insurance industry met with the Association of British Insurers (ABI) at its London headquarters. The roundtable meeting provided a forum to discuss…

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Two Nominees Forwarded for the District Court Judge in the Eleventh Judicial District

LINCOLN – The Judicial Nominating Commission for the District Judge in the Eleventh Judicial District (consisting of Arthur, Chase, Dawson, Dundy, Frontier, Furnas, Gosper, Hayes, Hitchcock, ******, Keith, Lincoln, Logan, McPherson, Perkins,…

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Gov. Ricketts Appoints Denise Kracl to the County Court for the Fifth Judicial District

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts appointed Denise Kracl of Schuyler to the County Court, Fifth Judicial District (consisting of Boone, Butler, Colfax, Hamilton, Merrick, Nance, Platte, Polk, Saunders, Seward, and York counties).…

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Gov. Ricketts Appoints Richard R. Smith to the County Court for the First Judicial District

LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts appointed Richard “Rick” R. Smith of Cook to the County Court, First Judicial District (consisting of Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline, and Thayer counties).…

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Governor Ricketts Announces 2022 Developing Youth Talent Initiative Grant Winners

Lincoln, NE – On Aug 15th, Governor Pete Ricketts announced MetalQuest and 21st Century Equipment as the recipients of the Developing Youth Talent Initiative (DYTI) grants for 2022. Launched by the Governor in 2015, DYTI introduces middle…

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Growing Nebraska by Developing Our People

We’re successfully growing Nebraska and creating jobs here in the Good Life. Nebraska had the nation’s lowest average unemployment rate in 2020 and 2021, and we do again so far in 2022. In fact, we currently have the lowest…

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Governor Ricketts Thanks Nebraska Air National Guard for Military Service in Qatar

Al Udeid Air Base, QATAR – Last week, Governor Pete Ricketts thanked Nebraska Air National Guard (NEANG) Airmen for their service while visiting Al Udeid Air Base in Qatar. Currently, there are 102 NEANG Airmen deployed to the Middle East…

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Governor Ricketts Hosts Ag and Economic Development Summit

KEARNEY – On Aug 10th, Governor Pete Ricketts welcomed 365 leaders to Kearney’s Younes Conference Center for the “Governor’s Summit on Ag and Economic Development,” co-hosted by the Nebraska Departments of Agriculture…

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Governor Ricketts Releases Statement on Potential Special Session to Amend Nebraska’s Abortion Laws

LINCOLN, NE – On Aug 8th, Governor Ricketts received a letter from Speaker of the Legislature Mike Hilgers. It indicated that 30 state senators support amending Nebraska’s abortion laws to prohibit abortions starting at 12 weeks in a…

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Coming Together to Grow Nebraska

Nebraska is experiencing terrific growth. We’ve seen big success creating jobs, cutting taxes, and attracting investment to our state. This week, I’m hosting Nebraska’s Ag and Economic Development Summit in Kearney. The…

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Governor Ricketts and Fellow Governors Slam Democrats’ Proposal to Raise Taxes, Increase Spending

LINCOLN – On Aug 4th, Governor Pete Ricketts—through a joint statement issued by 22 Governors—sharply criticized the $740 billion legislative proposal put forward by President Biden and Congressional Democrats. “The…

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Governor Ricketts Thanks Nebraska National Guard for Service in the Middle East

CAMP ARIFJAN, KUWAIT – This week, Governor Pete Ricketts thanked Nebraska National Guard (NNG) Soldiers from the 1057th Military Police Company for their service during a visit to the Middle East. The Governor spoke to Soldiers at Camp Arifjan…

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Governor Ricketts: Retailers Offering High Ethanol Blends Can Now Apply for Tax Credits

LINCOLN – On Aug 3rd, Governor Pete Ricketts invited retailers who sell higher ethanol blends of fuel to apply for tax credits made available through the passage of Legislative Bill (LB) 1261e. Gov. Ricketts signed the bill into law this…

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Flags to Fly at Half-Staff to Honor Congresswoman Jackie Walorski

LINCOLN – On Aug 3rd, Governor Pete Ricketts, in accordance with a request from the White House, announced that all U.S. and Nebraska flags are to be flown at half-staff to honor Congresswoman Jackie Walorski. Walorski had represented…

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There’s Nothing More Nebraskan Than the State Fair

We’re less than a month away from our state’s biggest annual celebration—the Nebraska State Fair. From August 26th through September 5th, Nebraskans from across the state will gather to share all that Nebraska agriculture has to…

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Governor Ricketts Hosts Clayton Anderson on 'The Nebraska Way' Podcast

LINCOLN – On August 1st, Governor Pete Ricketts released the 39th episode of “The Nebraska Way,” featuring Clayton Anderson. During the episode, Clayton discusses his new role as President and CEO of the Strategic Air Command &…

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Two Nominees Forwarded for the Separate Juvenile Court in Sarpy County

LINCOLN – On July 28th, the Judicial Nominating Commission for the Separate Juvenile Court in Sarpy County provided the following two names for the Governor’s consideration: Sarah M. Moore and Patrick R. Runge, both of Omaha. The…

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Nebraska Receives Federal Approval for Public Assistance Following Mid-May Storm Damage

LINCOLN – The federal government has approved Governor Pete Ricketts’ request for a federal disaster declaration related to the thunderstorms, large hail, high winds, and tornadoes that struck Nebraska on May 12, 2022. The storm…

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Governor Ricketts Blasts Biden Administration’s Attack on Title IX, Discrimination Against Women

LINCOLN, NE – On July 27th, Governor Pete Ricketts joined 14 fellow Governors in writing a letter to President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. urging him to abandon the Administration’s proposal to radically reinterpret Title IX. Under…

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Countering Communist China

This month, I issued a proclamation declaring July 2022 as “Victims of Communism Month” in Nebraska. This is the second year in a row that I’ve issued this proclamation as a way to highlight the atrocities committed by Communist…

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Governor Ricketts Invites Nebraskans to Register for the 2022 Ag and Economic Development Summit

LINCOLN – Governor Pete Ricketts, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED), and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) encourage Nebraskans to register for the Governor’s Ag and Economic Development Summit on…

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Governor Ricketts Appoints Robert Dover as Senator for Legislative District 19

Lincoln – On July 22nd, Governor Pete Ricketts announced the appointment of Robert “Rob” Dover of Norfolk to fill the vacancy in Legislative District 19. “Rob has deep ties to District 19 as a longtime local…

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Governor Ricketts, State Leaders Honor Chief Standing Bear

LINCOLN – On July 21st, Governor Pete Ricketts joined State leaders and Ponca Tribe members to honor Chief Standing Bear through the dedication of the Chief Standing Bear Justice Administration Building. Chief Standing Bear’s 1879…

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Two Nominees Forwarded for the County Court Judge in the Fifth Judicial District

LINCOLN – On July 20th, the Judicial Nominating Commission for the County Judge in the Fifth Judicial District (consisting of Boone, Butler, Colfax, Hamilton, Merrick, Nance, Platte, Polk, Saunders, Seward, and York counties) provided the…

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Two Nominees Forwarded for the County Court Judge in the First Judicial District

LINCOLN – On July 20th, the Judicial Nominating Commission for the County Judge in the First Judicial District (consisting of Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline, and Thayer counties) provided the following two names…

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Telling the Story of Chief Standing Bear

One of America’s greatest civil rights heroes is from Nebraska. Yet nationally, almost nobody knows about him. As Nebraskans, we’re changing that by telling Chief Standing Bear’s story. In the 1800s, Chief Standing…

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Nebraska’s 2022 Revenue Receipts Exceed Annual Forecast by 30.1%

LINCOLN – On July 15th, the Nebraska Department of Revenue reported that the State’s General Fund receipts for June 2022 were $56 million above forecast. June was the last month of the fiscal year, and Nebraska receipts exceeded the…

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Governor Ricketts Highlights New 988 Phone Number for Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Lincoln – On July 13th morning, Governor Pete Ricketts hosted a press conference at the State Capitol to raise awareness of the new 988 phone number for the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. After two years of planning and preparation,…

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