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Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts

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402-471-2244

Governor Pete Ricketts was sworn in as Nebraska's 40th Governor on January 8, 2015. Governor Ricketts was first elected to office upon winning the Nebraska gubernatorial election on November 4, 2014. Prior to his election as governor, he worked to support Nebraska entrepreneurs and startup companies.

Born in Nebraska City and raised in Omaha, Ricketts is the son of an entrepreneur and a public school teacher. Governor Ricketts and his wife, First Lady Susanne Shore, have been married for 19 years and live in Omaha with their three children, seniors Roscoe and Margot and sophomore Eleanor.

Ricketts graduated from Westside High School before attending the University of Chicago where he earned his bachelor's degree in biology and an MBA in marketing and finance. After graduate school, Ricketts returned to Omaha and worked for Union Pacific before working as a customer services representative in his family's business, a company that would eventually become known as Ameritrade. He went on to hold leadership roles in the company including Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Senior Vice President of Product Development, Senior Vice President of Marketing, President, and Chief Operating Officer (COO). He is also a past board member of TD Ameritrade's Board of Directors.

Ricketts is the founder of Drakon, LLC that supports local entrepreneurs and startup companies. He also serves as a director for the Chicago Cubs baseball team.

Driven by a desire to give back to his community and create education and job opportunities, Governor Ricketts has taken on leadership roles in local and state associations and organizations. Currently, he serves on the boards of the Mid-America Council of the Boy Scouts and the Christian Urban Education Service (CUES). Additionally, he serves as a director for the Children's Scholarship Fund Foundation, a director of the Nebraska Game and Parks Foundation, a member of the Board of Advisors of Opportunity Education Foundation, a member of the Archbishop's Committee for Development, a member of the Knights of Columbus, and a Knight of the Holy Sepulchre. Governor Ricketts and his family attend St. Margaret Mary's church.

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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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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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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, 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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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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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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Introducing 988: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

In Nebraska, we’ve endured more than our fair share of adversity over the past 3+ years. The floods of March 2019 were the most widespread natural disaster in state history. Then, the coronavirus struck our state in March 2020 and continued…

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Applications for Emergency Rental Assistance Funds Open through September 9th

LINCOLN – The State of Nebraska has funds remaining through the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). The ERAP funds are available to eligible individuals who need assistance paying prospective rent, back rent, and certain utilities…

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Governor Ricketts Highlights Nebraska State Patrol’s Innovative Drone Program

LINCOLN – This morning ( July 7th), Governor Pete Ricketts held a press conference at the headquarters of the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP) to highlight NSP’s innovative drone program. NSP drone operators performed a live demo at the…

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Flags to Fly at Half-Staff to Honor Victims of Shooting in Illinois

LINCOLN – On July 5th, 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 the victims of the shooting that took place in Highland…

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Celebrating 85 Years of the Nebraska State Patrol

In 1937, the Nebraska Safety Patrol was formed to address the rising problem of crashes on our state’s roads. Eighty-five years later, that organization still stands—now known as the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP). Their mission to help…

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Governor Ricketts, Faith Leaders Celebrate Religious Freedom Week in Nebraska

LINCOLN – On June 29th, Governor Pete Ricketts proclaimed “Religious Freedom Week” in Nebraska at a ceremony at the State Capitol. Together with Christian, Hindu, and Jewish religious leaders, the Governor highlighted the right to…

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Defending America’s First Freedom

Religious freedom is the first freedom listed in the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. That’s no accident. Religious freedom is the cornerstone of a free society. The Founders of the United States recognized the importance of…

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Governor Ricketts Seeks Applicants for Legislative District 19 Vacancy

LINCOLN – On June 29th, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that he will seek qualified applicants to fill the upcoming vacancy in Legislative District 19. The vacancy will be created by the pending resignation of Mike Flood following his…

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Governor Ricketts Cuts Ribbon on New Fallbrook State Office Building

LINCOLN – On June 27th, Governor Pete Ricketts joined state leaders for a ribbon cutting event to celebrate the completion of the new Fallbrook State Office Building (Fallbrook Building) in the Fallbrook development in northwest Lincoln. The…

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Governor Ricketts’ Statement on Roe v. Wade Being Overturned

LINCOLN – On June 24th, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement after the United States Supreme Court ruled that “the Constitution does not confer a right to abortion” and overturned both Roe v. Wade and Planned…

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Curbing America’s Corrosive Inflation

Americans are experiencing pain at the pump and sticker shock at the store. Prices continue to soar. This out-of-control inflation is corrosive to the financial health of America’s families. The failed policies of the Biden-Harris…

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Governor Ricketts, State Senators Call for Federal Action to Curb Inflation and Reduce Record-High Gas Prices

BELLEVUE – On June 22nd, Governor Pete Ricketts spoke out against federal energy policies that have led to rampant inflation and record-high gas prices during a media availability at a Bellevue convenience store. “President Biden…

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Governor Ricketts Appoints Katie Benson as District Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial District

LINCOLN – On June 17th, Governor Pete Ricketts appointed Katie Benson of Omaha as District Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial District (Douglas County). Benson, 42, has been a Deputy County Attorney in the Douglas County Attorney’s…

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Nebraska’s Employment Reaches New High, Revenue Receipts Exceed Forecast

LINCOLN – On June 17th, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released Nebraska’s May employment data. Nebraska’s employment set another record high of 1,042,762. This is the 11th straight month of record employment in the state.…

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Governor Ricketts’ Juneteenth Statement

LINCOLN – On June 17th, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement in observance of Juneteenth, which is celebrated Sunday, June 19, 2022. “On June 19, 1865, Union troops arrived in Galveston, Texas, bringing news of the…

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Governor Ricketts, Department of Transportation Announce New State Operations Center

OMAHA – On June 14th, Governor Pete Ricketts, together with the Nebraska Department of Transportation (NDOT), held a press conference to announce the formation of the new State Operations Center (SOC), based in Omaha. This spring,…

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Governor Ricketts Tests Positive for COVID-19

LINCOLN – On June 15, 2022, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement. “The First Lady and I have tested positive for COVID-19. Both of us are experiencing very minor symptoms. We will be following CDC guidelines and…

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Celebrating American Freedom Together This Summer

Two hundred forty-six years ago, our Founding Fathers bravely defied the most powerful nation on earth and put pen to paper to assert an eternal, self-evident truth: All men are created equal. We are endowed by our Creator with inalienable rights…

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Governor Ricketts’ Statement on Highest Inflation in 40+ Years

LINCOLN – On June 10th, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement after the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that inflation is at its highest point in over 40 years. Consumer prices have gone up 8.6% over the past year. …

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Governor Ricketts Announces Initiative to Improve Mental Healthcare Access for Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families

LINCOLN – On Jun 7th, Governor Pete Ricketts announced Nebraska’s participation in the Governor’s Challenge to Prevent Suicide among Service Members, Veterans, and Their Families. Nebraska is one of 35 states taking part in the…

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Governor Ricketts Appoints Kathleen Kauth as Senator for Legislative District 31

LINCOLN – On June 7th, Governor Pete Ricketts announced the appointment of Kathleen Kauth of Omaha to fill the vacancy in Legislative District 31. “Kathleen is an accomplished team builder who takes initiative to get things…

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Keeping Mental Health a Priority

Mental illness is a national public health issue that affects Nebraska as well. During my time as Governor, we’ve made mental health a priority and have rolled out several programs to identify mental illness and get Nebraska’s students,…

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Three Nominees Forwarded for the District Court Judge in the Fourth Judicial District

LINCOLN – The Judicial Nominating Commission for the District Judge in the Fourth Judicial District (consisting of Douglas County) has provided the following three names for the Governor’s consideration: Katie L. Benson, Grant A.…

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A Letter to Nebraska’s Graduates by Governor Pete Ricketts

Dear College Graduates, Congratulations! You did it! You persevered through a once-in-a-century pandemic to earn your degree. Your disciplined study and hard work have paid off. You’ve put yourself in a great position to move toward…

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Governor Ricketts, First Lady Debut 2023 Nebraska License Plate Design

LINCOLN – On May 31st, Governor Pete Ricketts and First Lady Susanne Shore revealed the design of the next general issue Nebraska license plate. The design is a mosaic pattern depicting the Genius of Creative Energy and is based on artwork…

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Governor Ricketts to Host 'Legislative Wrap-Up' Town Halls in Chadron and Lexington

Lincoln – On May 27th, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that he will host town halls in Chadron and Lexington on Wednesday, June 8th. At the town halls, Governor Ricketts will discuss the historic accomplishments of the 2022 Legislative…

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Governor Ricketts to Host 'Legislative Wrap-Up' Town Halls in Grand Island and Wahoo

LINCOLN – On May 27th, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that he will host town halls in Chadron and Lexington on Wednesday, June 8th. At the town halls, Gov. Ricketts will discuss the historic accomplishments of the 2022 Legislative Session.…

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Mortal But Unconquerable: Memorializing Our Fallen Heroes

On Memorial Day, we honor men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in military service to our nation. Time and again throughout our Republic’s history, courageous Americans have ventured into harm’s way to protect the freedoms we…

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Governor Ricketts, Nebraska Department of Education Recognize 22 Students for Top ACT Scores

Lincoln – On May 23rd, Governor Pete Ricketts and the Nebraska Department of Education (NDE) hosted a ceremony in the State Capitol Rotunda to recognize graduates from the class of 2022 who achieved a top score on their ACT college entrance…

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Nebraska Records Billion Dollars in Monthly Gross Receipts for First Time in State History

LINCOLN – Nebraska’s April revenue receipts are out, and the results are record-smashing. The State’s gross receipts for last month were over one billion dollars, at $1,185,536,454, and net receipts were at $939 million. At $375…

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Nebraska Achieves Record-High Employment

LINCOLN – On May 20th, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that Nebraska’s preliminary employment for April 2022 reached an all-time high of 1,040,325. This means nearly 22,000 more Nebraskans are working now than prior to the…

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Governor Ricketts Seeks Applicants for Legislative District 31 Vacancy

The Legislative District 31 map is available by clicking here. LINCOLN – On May 16th, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that he will seek qualified applicants to fill the vacancy in Legislative District 31, created by the passing of Senator…

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Governor Ricketts Comments on Record-High April Tax Receipts

LINCOLN – On May 16th, Governor Pete Ricketts commented on the State’s revenue receipts for April 2022, which topped projections by over $375 million for the month. “Nebraska is attracting investment from companies who are…

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Governor Ricketts Hosts 70th Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on 'The Nebraska Way' Podcast

Listen to episode thirty-eight of “The Nebraska Way” podcast by clicking here. Lincoln – On May 17th, Governor Pete Ricketts released the 38th episode of “The Nebraska Way,” featuring 70th Secretary of State Mike…

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Nebraska Backs the Blue 100%

The Good Life we all enjoy is made possible by the courageous men and women in blue. After traveling the state for the past 7 ½ years as Governor, I know Nebraskans appreciate all that law enforcement does to keep them safe. While other…

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Governor Ricketts Appoints Jason Bergevin as District Court Judge in the Fifth Judicial District

LINCOLN – On May 12th, Governor Pete Ricketts appointed Jason Bergevin of Lincoln as District Court Judge in the Fifth Judicial District. The Fifth District consists of Boone, Butler, Colfax, Hamilton, Merrick, Nance, Platte, Polk, Saunders,…

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Governor Ricketts, DHHS Proclaim May as 'Foster Care Month' in Nebraska

Lincoln – On May 12th, Governor Pete Ricketts proclaimed May as “Foster Care Month” during a morning ceremony at the State Capitol. He was joined by leaders from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Division of…

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Governor Ricketts Appoints David Bargen as District Court Judge in the First Judicial District

LINCOLN – On May 12th, Governor Pete Ricketts appointed David Bargen of Adams as District Court Judge in the First Judicial District. The First Judicial District consists of Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson,…

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Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Remembrance of Americans Lost to COVID-19

LINCOLN – On May 12th, 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 immediately in solemn remembrance of American lives lost due to the…

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When Disaster Strikes, Nebraskans Show Up

Grit and determination. Readiness to help at a moment’s notice. Willingness to work long and hard. Steadfastness in the face of difficulty. These are the qualities that define us as Nebraskans. And we saw them on full display last month as our…

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Governer Ricketts: President Biden Must Unleash U.S. Energy Production, Cut Red Tape to Ease Inflation

Lincoln – On May 10th, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement in response to President Joe Biden’s plan to combat inflation: “The President’s irresponsible policies have caused runaway inflation. They’re…

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Governor Ricketts Hosts Representative Don Bacon on 'The Nebraska Way' Podcast

LINCOLN – On May 6th, Governor Pete Ricketts released the 37th episode of “The Nebraska Way,” featuring Congressman Don Bacon. During the episode, Congressman Bacon discusses his upbringing, his decorated Air Force career, and his…

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Unfinished Business: Enhancing Nebraska’s Commitment to Protecting Second Amendment Rights

Nebraskans have long been strong supporters of the right to keep and bear arms. Nearly 85 years after it was enshrined in the Second Amendment at the federal level, Nebraska’s leaders chose to make our stance on gun rights crystal clear.…

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Governor Ricketts Proclaims 'Beef Month' and Highlights Beef Passport Dining Program

LINCOLN – On May 2nd, Governor Pete Ricketts proclaimed May as “Beef Month” in Nebraska during a ceremony at the State Capitol. He was joined by Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Steve Wellman, Nebraska Beef Council…

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Governor Ricketts Signs Bill to Spur Growth in Nebraska’s Urban Communities

LINCOLN – On April 28th, Governor Pete Ricketts, State Senators, and community leaders celebrated LB 1024e, a bill to support recovery and growth in North Omaha, South Omaha, and other qualifying census tracts. “LB 1024e is landmark…

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Governor Ricketts’ Statement on the Passing of Senator Rich Pahls

LINCOLN – On April 27th, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement on the passing of State Senator Rich Pahls of Omaha. “Senator Pahls was a dedicated public servant and a great man. He was committed to improving his community,…

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A History-Making 60 Days

The 2022 Legislative Session will go down in history as one of the Nebraska Unicameral’s finest. In just 60 days, the Legislature passed record tax relief, made critical public safety enhancements, and invested in generational water resource…

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Governor Ricketts Announces New Educational Benefit for State Teammates

LINCOLN – On April 25th, Governor Pete Ricketts announced a new benefit to provide tuition assistance for dependents of Nebraska state government teammates. The Children of State Teammate Tuition Reimbursement Program (Tuition Reimbursement…

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Governor Ricketts Signs Legislation to Make Key Investments in Nebraska Law Enforcement

GRAND ISLAND – On April 21st, Governor Pete Ricketts hosted a press conference at the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center to highlight bills that enhance public safety by investing in Nebraska law enforcement. He was joined by numerous…

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Governor Ricketts Celebrates Record-Breaking Tax Relief, Accomplishments of 2022 Legislative Session

LINCOLN – On April 20th, Governor Pete Ricketts highlighted the achievements of the Second Session of the 107th Legislature in his annual “Sine Die” address to the Unicameral on the final day of its 2022 regular session. Senators…

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Governor Ricketts Signs Legislation to Encourage Rural Development & Promote Ethanol Sales

LINCOLN – On April 19th, Governor Pete Ricketts signed LB 1261e during a ceremony at the Nebraska State Capitol. LB 1261e extends the Nebraska Advantage Rural Development Act, which had been set to expire at the end of 2022. The bill also…

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Nebraska the Beautiful: Conserving our Land Without the Heavy Hand of Federal Government

In Nebraska, we know the importance of good stewardship. Our farmers and ranchers responsibly cultivate the land so future generations of Nebraskans can continue enjoying the Good Life for years to come. It’s why, nearly one hundred years…

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Flags to Fly at Half-Staff in Honor of Congressman Brad Ashford

IYC and SIYAC are Recruiting Iowa Youth Congress (IYC) The Iowa Youth Congress (IYC) was created in 2006 by the Department of Human Rights (DHR) to enhance opportunity and broader representation of all Iowans in the government process. IYC…

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Governor Ricketts Signs Legislation to Strengthen Nebraska’s Water Resources

LINCOLN – On April 18th, Governor Pete Ricketts hosted bill signings for LB 1015 and LB 1023e at the State Capitol. LB 1015 authorizes construction of a canal and reservoir system to protect South Platte River water flowing into Nebraska from…

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Governor Ricketts’ Statement on the Passing of Brad Ashford

Lincoln – On April 19th, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement on the passing of former State Senator and U.S. Congressman Brad Ashford. “Susanne and I are saddened to receive news of Brad Ashford’s passing,” said…

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Nebraska’s Employment at All-Time High, Revenue Receipts Exceed Projections

LINCOLN – On April 15th, Nebraska’s March employment data and March General Fund receipts were released. Nebraska’s employment reached an all-time high in March 2022 of 1,037,823. Additionally, Nebraska’s unemployment rate…

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Governor Ricketts Condemns Herbster’s Sexual Misconduct, Credits Survivors for Speaking Out

Lincoln, NE – On April 14th, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement in response to news of political candidate Charles W. Herbster’s repeated sexual misconduct: “This is beyond horrible. Charles W. Herbster should…

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Governor Ricketts Hosts Tony Conner on 'The Nebraska Way' Podcast

LINCOLN – Immediately, Governor Pete Ricketts launched the 36th episode of “The Nebraska Manner,” that includes Sergeant Tony Conner, president of the Omaha Police Officers Affiliation (Omaha POA). Throughout the episode, Sergeant…

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Governor Ricketts Signs Historic Tax Relief into Law

LINCOLN – On April 13th, Governor Pete Ricketts hosted a bill signing for LB 873 in the State Capitol Rotunda. LB 873 delivers record amounts of tax relief to Nebraskans by cutting income taxes and reducing property tax burdens. The Governor…

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Nebraska Receives Grade of A+ for Coronavirus Pandemic Response

LINCOLN – On April 13th, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement following news that the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER) has graded Nebraska’s pandemic response as an A+. Nebraska ranked second nationally on the evaluation,…

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Governor Ricketts: President Biden Should Permanently Approve Year-Round Use of E15

LINCOLN – On April 13th, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement in response to President Biden’s announcement of extended sales of E15 for 2022: “Thank you to President Biden for allowing E15 to be sold through the…

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How the Border Crisis Harms Nebraska

It’s 965 miles from Lincoln, Nebraska to the border town of Del Rio, Texas. But that doesn’t mean our nation’s border crisis isn’t felt a thousand miles away. The Biden-Harris Administration’s failure to secure our…

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Governor Ricketts Orders Flags to Fly at Half-Staff to Honor Fallen Fire Chief

LINCOLN – On April 12th, Governor Pete Ricketts ordered flags to fly at half-staff on April 13, 2022, to honor the passing of Elwood Volunteer Fire Department Chief Darren Krull. “Susanne and I were heartbroken to receive news of…

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Three Nominees Forwarded for the District Court Judge in the First Judicial District

LINCOLN – On April 5, 2022, the Judicial Nominating Commission for the District Judge in the First Judicial District (consisting of Fillmore, Gage, Jefferson, Johnson, Nemaha, Otoe, Pawnee, Richardson, Saline, and Thayer counties) provided the…

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Controlling Spending to Cut Taxes

In the remaining days of the 2022 Legislative Session, we must work together to strike the appropriate balance between managing government spending and returning excess revenue to the people. That is how we responsibly steward taxpayer money. …

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Governor Ricketts Issues Line-Item Vetoes Before Signing Three Budget Bills

LINCOLN – On April 4, 2022, Governor Pete Ricketts signed LB 1011e, LB 1012e, and LB 1013e. He made line-item reductions to all three bills before signing them. “The budget items contained in these bills raise General Fund…

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Governor Ricketts Announces Date for Special Election in Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District

LINCOLN – On April 1st, Governor Pete Ricketts announced a special election for the open seat in Nebraska’s 1st Congressional District. The election will be held on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. The Governor set the date for the special…

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Governor Ricketts Hosts Norm Krug on 'The Nebraska Way' Podcast

LINCOLN – On March 31st, Governor Pete Ricketts released the 35th episode of “The Nebraska Way,” featuring Norm Krug, Founder and CEO of Preferred Popcorn. During the episode, Krug discusses his passion for agriculture, growing his…

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Governor Ricketts Vetoes Government-Subsidized Rental Assistance

LINCOLN – On March 29, 2022, Governor Pete Ricketts vetoed Legislative Bill (LB) 1073. The intent of the bill is to require Nebraska to apply for a second round of funding from the federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP). …

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Governor Ricketts Highlights Statewide Effort to Support Ukraine

Lincoln, NE - On Wednesday, March 30, 2022, Governor Pete Ricketts spotlighted an interagency initiative to donate protective equipment to Ukrainians fighting for their country’s independence. “Ukrainians have bravely withstood…

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Time for Action, Not Antics, on Public Safety

As we approach the final days of the 2022 legislative session, the Nebraska Unicameral has the opportunity to deliver smart criminal justice reforms that will enhance public safety and benefit all Nebraskans. These changes will allow us to better…

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Flags to Fly at Half-Staff to Honor Secretary of State Madeleine Albright

LINCOLN, NE – On March 24, 2022, 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 former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. …

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

LINCOLN – On March 24, 2022, the Judicial Nominating Commission for the District Judge in the Fifth Judicial District (consisting of Boone, Butler, Colfax, Hamilton, Merrick, Nance, Platte, Polk, Saunders, Seward, and York counties) provided…

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Upholding the Right to Life

For decades, the abortion industry has pushed the mantra that abortion is a human right. They’ve tried their best to normalize a culture of death, where the most vulnerable among us have fallen victim to the lie that one person’s…

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Governor Proclaims This Agriculture Week In Nebraska

Governor Pete Ricketts signed a proclamation designating March 20-26, 2022 as “Agriculture Week” in Nebraska. The Governor issued the proclamation at the State Capitol, where he was joined by leaders from Nebraska’s agriculture…

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Governor Ricketts Proclaims Sandhill Crane as State Migratory Bird

Governor Ricketts holds up the proclamation designating the Sandhill crane as the official migratory bird of Nebraska The proclamation is available by clicking here. GIBBON – On March 16, 2022, Governor Pete Ricketts signed a…

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Governor Ricketts: Nebraska’s Employment Now Above Pre-Pandemic Levels

Lincoln, NE – On March 15, 2022, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement following news that Nebraska’s employment grew by more than 12,000 people from January 2020 to January 2022. “Throughout the pandemic, we slowed the…

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Voting for Our Future

The Nebraska Legislature has reached a critical juncture. In the coming weeks, Senators will make important votes on a budget that will shape the future of our state. On March 11th, the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee released…

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Governor Ricketts Highlights Educational Initiative to Address Learning Loss

LINCOLN, NE - Tuesday, at an afternoon press conference, Governor Pete Ricketts called on State Senators to support Legislative Bill 1240 to assist K-12 students who experienced learning loss during the pandemic. “As the Legislature…

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'Emergency' in Name Only: The Second Round of the Federal Emergency Rental Assistance Program

As Nebraskans, we value resourcefulness and self-reliance. We also care for our neighbors. We recognize that extraordinary times—like a natural disaster or a global pandemic—warrant extra assistance. During the height of the coronavirus…

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Governor Ricketts Hosts Jeff Noordhoek on 'The Nebraska Way' Podcast

LINCOLN – On March 7th, Governor Pete Ricketts released the 34th episode of “The Nebraska Way,” featuring Jeff Noordhoek, Nelnet’s Chief Executive Officer. During the episode, Noordhoek discusses his love of hunting, support…

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Governor Ricketts Highlights Growth of State’s Corrections Workforce

LINCOLN – At the morning of March 7th, Governor Pete Ricketts hosted a press conference at the State Capitol to provide an update on the State’s strong success in growing its corrections workforce. The Governor thanked the Nebraska…

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Governor Ricketts Condemns Russia’s Ruthless Aggression, Capitol To Be Lighted in Yellow and Blue to Support Ukraine

LINCOLN – On March 4th, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement on Russia’s ongoing invasion of Ukraine. “Russia’s unprovoked aggression against Ukraine cannot be tolerated,” said Gov. Ricketts.…

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Governor Ricketts Highlights Strong State Revenues, Calls for Action on Key Legislative Priorities

LINCOLN – On March 3rd morning, Governor Pete Ricketts held a press conference to emphasize the State’s strong financial position and call for action to build a new State Penitentiary and protect Nebraska’s water resources. The…

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An Energetic Response to Russia

Russia’s attack on Ukraine is an assault on freedom everywhere. As leader of the free world, the United States must issue a strong response that will isolate Russia – and the world must follow suit. Direct oil and gas sanctions make it…

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Governor Ricketts: Revised Revenue Forecast is Green Light for Tax Relief, Canal, and Public Safety Projects

LINCOLN – On Feb 28, 20222, Governor Pete Ricketts commented on a decision by the Nebraska Economic Forecasting Advisory Board, which raised the revenue forecast by $370 million for the current fiscal year FY2021-22 and $405 million for…

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Governor Ricketts Signs Coronavirus Vaccine Exemption Legislation

LINCOLN, NE – On Feb 28th, Governor Pete Ricketts signed LB 906e into law. LB 906e allows Nebraskans to claim medical or religious exemption from coronavirus vaccination requirements in most workplaces. The bill has an emergency clause and…

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Nebraska Must Act Now to Secure Our Water

Nebraskans know every drop of water is precious. Agriculture is our top industry. It makes up 20% of our economy, and it generates one in four jobs in our state. Access to water makes this possible. We have the most irrigated acres of cropland in…

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Governor Ricketts Proclaims 'FFA Week' in Nebraska

LINCOLN – On Feb 24th, Governor Pete Ricketts and Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) Director Steve Wellman hosted members of the Nebraska FFA Association at the State Capitol to proclaim “FFA Week.” FFA is a youth…

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Governor Ricketts Appoints Mike Jacobson as Senator for Legislative District 42

LINCOLN – On Feb 23rd, Governor Pete Ricketts announced the appointment of Michael “Mike” Jacobson of North Platte to fill the vacancy in Legislative District 42.

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Governor Ricketts’ Presidents’ Day Statement

Lincoln, NE – On Feb 21st, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement in observance of Presidents’ Day, which is celebrated on Monday, February 21, 2022. “As Americans, we’ve been blessed to have extraordinary…

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Flags to Fly at Half-Staff to Honor Congressman Jim Hagedorn

Lincoln, NE – On Feb 21st, 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 Jim Hagedorn. Hagedorn had represented…

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Governor Ricketts Speaks with Senator Groene, Senator Agrees to Resign

Lincoln, NE – On Feb 21st, Governor Pete Ricketts issued the following statement:

“I spoke with Senator Mike Groene earlier this afternoon, and we both agreed it was best for him to resign.”

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Governor Ricketts to Host 'Water and Taxes' Town Halls in Kearney, Nebraska City, and Norfolk

LINCOLN, NE – On Feb 16th, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that he will host a “Water & Taxes” town hall in McCook on Friday morning, February 25th. The Governor will also hold “Water & Taxes” town halls in…

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Tax Relief: Giving Back the People’s Money

What should happen with extra tax revenues? That’s the main question being debated this session by state senators. For me, the answer is obvious. The money should be given back to the hardworking Nebraskans who paid those taxes in the first…

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Governor Ricketts Urges Action on Tax Relief

LINCOLN – This morning (Feb 14th), Governor Pete Ricketts called on the Legislature to deliver tax relief to Nebraskans this session.

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Governor Ricketts Invites Applications for the 2022 Governor’s Wellness Award

Lincoln, NE – On Feb 11th, Governor Pete Ricketts encouraged organizations in Nebraska to apply for the 2022 Governor’s Wellness Award. “Prioritizing health has many benefits. It strengthens the immune system and reduces stress…

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Governor Ricketts Appoints Morgan Farquhar as District Court Judge in the Tenth Judicial District

LINCOLN – On Feb 11th, Governor Pete Ricketts appointed Morgan Farquhar of Cambridge as District Court Judge in the Tenth Judicial District. The Tenth District consists of Adams, Clay, Franklin, Harlan, Kearney, Nuckolls, Phelps, and Webster…

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Governor Ricketts to Host 'Water and Taxes' Town Halls in Kearney, Nebraska City, and Norfolk

LINCOLN – On Feb 11th, Governor Pete Ricketts announced additional “Water & Taxes” town halls in Kearney, Nebraska City, and Norfolk on Friday, February 18th. The Governor will hold his first “Water & Taxes”…

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Governor Ricketts Hosts Kristen Waggoner on 'The Nebraska Way' Podcast

LINCOLN – On Feb 11, Governor Pete Ricketts released the 33rd episode of “The Nebraska Way,” featuring Kristen Waggoner, General Counsel of Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF). During the episode, Waggoner discusses her passion to…

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Governor Ricketts to Host 'Water and Taxes' Town Halls in Gering and Ogallala

Lincoln, NE -– On Feb 9th, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that he will host “Water & Taxes” town halls in Gering and Ogallala on Tuesday, February 15th. At the town halls, Governor Ricketts will discuss his legislative…

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Governor Ricketts to Lead Trade Mission to UK and Ireland in August

Lincoln, NE – On Feb 7th, Governor Pete Ricketts, the Nebraska Department of Economic Development (DED), and the Nebraska Department of Agriculture (NDA) announced plans for a trade mission to the United Kingdom and Ireland this August 20-28,…

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Growing Nebraska Through International Trade

Don’t let Nebraska’s location in the middle of America fool you. Our state touches every corner of the globe with the crops we grow, livestock we raise, and products we manufacture. Each year, Nebraska exports around $10 billion of goods…

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Governor Ricketts Announces Revision to Directed Health Measure

Gov. Ricketts Announces Revision to Directed Health Measure LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) has revised its Directed Health Measure (DHM) for Nebraska Medical…

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