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Governor Nebraska says he could replace Sen. Sasse

The governor of Nebraska said on Oct. 7 that he may be appointed to the U.S Senate to replace Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) should he decide to resign to become the university's president. GOP Gov. Pete Ricketts declined to appoint himself to the post, but did not rule out replacing Sasse.

Photo Credit Gage Skidmore

When a vacancy occurs during a senator's term, the governor appoints a new senator. In 2020, Sasse won re-election. A term limit has ended Ricketts' second term as governor. His term of office will end in early 2023.

“If I choose to pursue the appointment, I will leave the appointment decision to the next governor and will follow the process established for all interested candidates,” Ricketts said. “It is the honor of a lifetime to serve as the governor of Nebraska. It is the greatest job in the world, and it will remain my number one focus for the remainder of my term.”

8 October 2022


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