Former Nebraska Governor Selected to Fill Senate Post of Ben Sasse

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Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen (R) has now reportedly named former Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts (R) to replace the Senate seat left earlier this month by former Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.).

Since October, when Sasse was named a finalist for president of the University of Florida, the move has been widely anticipated.

The two-term senator resigned his position on January 8, leaving an immediate vacancy.

He will take over as president of the institution next month.

Ricketts will now be in office until January 20, 2025.

Rickets will have to run in a special election in 2024 to serve the remaining two years of Sasse’s term, according to Nebraska state law.

To win a full six-year term, he would have to run again in 2026.

The former two-term governor, who also co-chaired the Republican Governors Association during the 2022 campaign cycle, was one of those who formally filed for the position alongside Pillen, the newly-elected governor.

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