Doug Peterson

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Doug Peterson
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Nebraska Attorney General
In office
January 8, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 2019
Years in position 0
PredecessorJon Bruning (R)
Base salary$95,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limitsN/A
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln
J.D.Pepperdine University
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Doug Peterson is the 33rd and current Republican Attorney General of Nebraska.[1] He was first elected in 2014 and took office on January 8, 2015. Peterson succeeded three-term Attorney General Jon Bruning (R); Bruning left the seat open in the 2014 elections to pursue an ultimately unsuccessful run for governor.[2]


Peterson has been a practicing attorney for three decades. He previously served as a deputy county attorney in North Platte and an assistant attorney general.[3]

Peterson earned his bachelor's degree from University of Nebraska-Lincoln and his law degree from Pepperdine University.[4]


  • Bachelor's degree - University of Nebraska-Lincoln
  • J.D. - Pepperdine University

Political career

Attorney General of Nebraska (2015 - present)

Peterson was first elected attorney general in 2014 and was sworn into office on January 8, 2015.[2]



See also: Nebraska attorney general election, 2014

Peterson ran for election to the office of Nebraska Attorney General. Peterson won the Republican nomination in the primary on May 13, 2014.[1][5] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Nebraska Attorney General, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Peterson 35.6% 67,578
Brian Buescher 25.5% 48,316
Mike Hilgers 22.9% 43,371
Pete Pirsch 16% 30,321
Total Votes 189,586
Election Results via Nebraska Secretary of State.
General election
Attorney General of Nebraska, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDoug Peterson 66.1% 339,846
     Democratic Janet Stewart 33.9% 174,614
Total Votes 514,460
Election Results via Nebraska Secretary of State.

Campaign themes

Peterson's campaign website listed the following themes for the 2014 race:


The Attorney General is the lead law-enforcement officer for the state of Nebraska. One of the most important responsibilities for the Attorney General is to provide leadership and support for all County Attorneys and law enforcement agencies in the state. I have spoken with several County Attorney’s across the state and they confirm that in order to most effectively fight criminals they need the support of the Attorney General’s office. I will make this my highest priority as Nebraska’s Attorney General because it truly does affect the good life for all communities. Cracking down on all types of criminal activity will send a message to those criminals that Nebraska will never surrender any community to lawlessness.


Over the last several years we have seen the federal government under President Obama impose more and more control over both individuals and state rights. The United States Constitution limits federal authority. Nebraskan’s simply cannot back down to power plays by this current federal administration. Government works only when it operates within the constitutional boundaries. I strongly support government at the most local level. I will not allow the federal government to intimidate Nebraska individuals or businesses by overplaying its federal authority. Our founding fathers understood that our country is strongest when our states are strong.


There have been snake oil salesman in Nebraska about as long as there have been snakes. Fortunately, in Nebraska the Attorney General’s office has a dedicated department to protect Nebraskans from consumer fraud. Motivated by greed and acting with deceit, corporations and individuals pray upon the most vulnerable Nebraskans. I intend to be very aggressive in going after these crooks. I want to send a very strong message that if you mess with Nebraskan’s through consumer fraud you will pay a very high price.

Fortunately, in Nebraska the Attorney’s General’s office has a department dedicated to protect Nebraskans from consumer fraud and I want to use my 28 years of legal experience to lead this unit and fight for you. [6]

—Doug Peterson's campaign website, (2014) [7]

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Contact information

Capitol Address:
Office of the Attorney General
2115 State Capitol
Lincoln, NE 68509


Phone: (402) 471-2682
Toll Free Phone: (800) 727-6432
Fax: (402) 471-3297

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Political offices
Preceded by
Jon Bruning (R)
Nebraska Attorney General
Succeeded by