Gov. Ricketts appoints new Nebraska state senator to Flood’s district

Realtor Rob Dover of Norfolk sworn in immediately following announcement
Nebraska Governor Ricketts has filled an open seat in the state legislature.
Published: Jul. 22, 2022 at 9:33 AM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (WOWT) - Gov. Pete Ricketts has announced his appointment to fill the Nebraska legislature’s Dist. 19 vacancy.

Friday morning Ricketts appointed Rob Dover, who was immediately sworn in by Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen as his family watched. Dover, who was moved to tears during his comments that followed, is a Realtor in Norfolk and a member of the state’s Chamber of Commerce.

With Mike Flood sworn into Congress to serve out the remainder of Jeff Fortenberry’s term, Gov. Pete Ricketts took applications for the newest Nebraska state senator representing.

Dist. 19 includes all of Madison County as well as some communities in Pierce County. It includes the communities of Norfolk, Battle Creek, Madison, Meadow Grove, Newman Grove, Hadar, and Pierce.

Applications for the executive appointment, which will serve out the legislative term that ends January 2025, were due Friday, July 8.

“The governor reserves the right to seek out additional qualified candidates,” the news release states.

Ricketts said during a news conference last month that he would be seeking a pro-life candidate “because that would reflect what the people of that district and certainly reflects Mike Flood’s beliefs.”

“Rob has deep ties to District 19 as a longtime local leader,” said Gov. Ricketts. “He will strongly defend pro-life values and work to protect Second Amendment rights. As a senator, Rob will be dedicated to controlling spending and delivering more property tax relief to Nebraskans.”

As a Realtor, Dover is involved with several businesses in the Norfolk area. He has been the President of Coldwell Banker Dover Realtors, a real estate company, since 1998. He’s also been the President of the Dover Management Company, a business that manages residential and commercial property, since 2008. As well, he is the Vice President of Whitecliff Development, a residential construction company.

The district’s new representative also has been a part of several organizations regarding real estate. Dover was a Nebraska Real Estate Commissioner from 2007 to 2013 and has previously been in leadership roles with the Norfolk Board of Realtors, Nebraska Realtors Association, and the National Association of Realtors. He has also been involved in civic causes through the Norfolk Area Chamber of Commerce.

“I am thankful for the opportunity to serve District 19 in the Nebraska Legislature,” said Dover. “I’m a longtime resident of the district, and I’m committed to seeing northeast Nebraska thrive. I’ve dedicated my professional life to the real estate industry, and I’ll work in the Legislature to help reduce the tax burden on Nebraska’s families. I’ll also use my education and experience in finance to ensure the State wisely stewards taxpayer dollars.”

Dover’s appointment is effective Friday, July 22, 2022. He will serve the remainder of the current term, which ends in January 2025.

Nebraska Gov. Ricketts said he would be looking for pro-life candidate to fill the seat set to be vacated by Mike Flood following Tuesday's special election.

Digital Director Gina Dvorak contributed to this report.

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