Pete Ricketts

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Pete Ricketts
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Candidate for
Governor of Nebraska
Bachelor'sUniversity of Chicago
Master'sUniversity of Chicago
ProfessionFinancial executive
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Pete Ricketts is a Republican candidate for Governor of Nebraska in the 2014 elections. He is currently a financial executive and co-owner of the Chicago Cubs. He is a founder of Drakon, LLC, an asset management company. Ricketts was a 2006 Senate nominee and former Republican national committeeman.[1]


  • Bachelor's: University of Chicago
  • Master's: University of Chicago, Marketing and finance[2]



Pete was the Vice Chairman and Chief Operating Officer of Ameritrade Holding Corporation, now TD Ameritrade, until August 2005. Previously, Ricketts was the Chief Operating Officer, and oversaw Ameritrade's retail client business as well as clearing and marketing operations. Prior to being named COO, Pete served as President of Ameritrade, Inc. and Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development.[2]

Early Career

Ricketts worked for the Union Pacific Railroad and in environmental and economic consulting.[2]

On The Issues Vote Match

Pete Ricketts's Vote Match results from On The Issues.
See also: On The Issues Vote Match

On The Issues conducts a VoteMatch analysis of elected officials based on 20 issue areas. Rather than relying on incumbents to complete the quiz themselves, the VoteMatch analysis is conducted using voting records, statements to the media, debate transcripts or citations from books authored by or about the candidate. Based on the results of the quiz, Ricketts is a Hard-Core Conservative. Ricketts received a score of 10 percent on social issues and 87 percent on economic issues.[3]

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The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.

On The Issues Vote Quiz[4]
Economic Issues Social Issues
Issue Stance Issue Stance
Legally require hiring women & minorities Opposes Abortion is a woman's unrestricted right Strongly Opposes
Expand ObamaCare Opposes Comfortable with same-sex marriage Strongly Opposes
Vouchers for school choice Strongly Favors Keep God in the public sphere Strongly Favors
Absolute right to gun ownership Strongly Favors Human needs over animal rights Unknown
Higher taxes on the wealthy Strongly Opposes Stricter punishment reduces crime Strongly Favors
Support & expand free trade Strongly Favors Pathway to citizenship for illegal aliens Strongly Opposes
Stricter limits on political campaign funds Unknown Maintain US sovereignty from UN Unknown
Prioritize green energy Opposes Expand the military Strongly Favors
Stimulus better than market-led recovery Opposes Stay out of Iran Strongly Opposes
Privatize Social Security Strongly Favors Never legalize marijuana Strongly Favors
Note: Information last updated: 2014.[3]



See also: Nebraska Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

Ricketts is running for election as Governor of Nebraska. Ricketts won the Republican nomination in the primary.[5] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


Governor of Nebraska, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Jon Bruning 25.5% 55,751
Tom Carlson 4.1% 9,034
Mike Foley 19.2% 42,029
Beau McCoy 20.9% 45,804
Pete RickettsGreen check mark transparent.png 26.5% 57,922
Bryan Slone 3.7% 8,179
Total Votes 218,719
Election Results Via:Nebraska Secretary of State.


Campaign media

Pete Ricketts ad: Believe

Pete Ricketts ad: Real-World Experience for Nebraska


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Pete and his family are members of St. Margaret Mary's Church.[2]

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See also


  1. Journal Star, Waiting for the shoes to fall, July 21, 2013
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Platte Institute, J. Peter Ricketts, accessed September 3, 2013
  3. 3.0 3.1 On The Issues, "Pete Ricketts Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
  4. The questions in the quiz are broken down into two sections -- social and economic. In social questions, liberals and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while conservatives and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers. For the economic questions, conservatives and libertarians agree in choosing the less-government answers, while liberals and populists agree in choosing the more-restrictive answers.
  5. Nebraska Secretary of State, "Election Night Results," May 13, 2014
  6. 6.0 6.1 Omaha, Pete Ricketts endorsed by 2 former Nebraska governors, October 29, 2013