Ricketts Names Heidemann as Running Mate

Nebraska Republican Gubernatorial Nominee Pete Ricketts has named Lieutenant Governor Lavon Heidemann as his running mate and nominee for Lieutenant Governor.

“Lavon is a man of great character, broad experience, and collaborative skill,” Ricketts said. “In the many roles he’s filled - farmer, school board member, volunteer firefighter, state senator, and now as Lt. Governor - he’s earned the respect of others by being honest, working hard, and working till the job is done. An expert on the state budget and a former key leader in the Legislature, he’s the partner I need to help grow new opportunities in Nebraska.”

“I am honored to join Pete in his campaign to be Nebraska’s next governor,” Heidemann said. “I am excited about his vision for new growth and responsible reform. I look forward to partnering with him to develop constructive relationships within the Legislature and throughout Nebraska that will help improve state services and create conditions for the growth of new and better-paying jobs.”

Heidemann was appointed Lieutenant Governor in February 2013. Prior to that, he briefly served on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. From 2005 to 2013, he was a state senator. During six of those years, he served as chairman of the Appropriations Committee. He began his public service in 1996 as a member of the Elk Creek School Board. He is a long-time member of the Nebraska Cattlemen and Nebraska Farm Bureau.

Heidemann is a farmer, livestock producer, and volunteer firefighter from Elk Creek in Johnson County. His work experience includes time as general foreman for a drilling company in Alaska. He was born in Pawnee City and graduated from Elk Creek High School. Heidemann and his wife Robin attend St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Elk Creek. They have three children and six grandchildren.

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Chuck Hassebrook released the following statement in response to the Ricketts announcement:

Chuck Hassebrook

“Mr. Ricketts’ made this choice because he needed to make up for his lack of knowledge about government, agriculture, and small town Nebraska. While Mr. Ricketts has spent his life in a corporate board room or in his family’s pro-baseball team’s stadium, I have been here working to create opportunity for all Nebraskans.

“I have spent my career fighting for ordinary Nebraskans as a Regent for the University of Nebraska and as the Executive Director for the Center of Rural Affairs. I am running for Governor to do more to create good jobs and genuine opportunity for every Nebraskan and a bright future for our state.

“I am currently working through a short list of potential running mates, and I look forward to announcing my choice later this summer. But I’ll tell you one thing – whoever I choose will be ready on day one to be a partner in making the changes necessary to get our state back on track, grow our economy, and create new opportunities for all Nebraskans to prosper.”

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