|Governor of Nebraska|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 4, 2014|
|Bachelor's||University of Chicago|
|Master's||University of Chicago|
- 1 Biography
- 2 On The Issues Vote Match
- 3 Elections
- 4 Personal
- 5 Recent news
- 6 See also
- 7 References
Ricketts 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.
Ricketts 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.
- Bachelor's degree, University of Chicago
- Master's degree, University of Chicago, Marketing and finance
On The Issues Vote Match
- 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.
The table below contains the results of analysis compiled by staff at On The Issues.
|On The Issues Vote Quiz|
|Economic Issues||Social Issues|
|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.|
|Governor of Nebraska, Republican Primary, 2014|
|Election Results Via:Nebraska Secretary of State.|
|Governor and Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska, 2014|
|Republican||Pete Ricketts/Mike Foley||57.6%||301,646|
|Democratic||Chuck Hassebrook/Jane Raybould||38.9%||203,968|
|Libertarian||Mark G. Elworth Jr./Scott Zimmerman||3.5%||18,454|
|Election Results via New York Times. Vote totals above are unofficial and reflect 100% precincts reporting.|
Incumbent Gov. Dave Heineman was barred by term limits from seeking re-election in 2014. Heineman intended to enthusiastically back then-Lt. Gov Rick Sheehy, with whom he shared a winning ticket in both the 2006 and 2010 elections, as his successor, until Sheehy's resignation in Feb. 2012, causing a "deeply disappointed" Heineman to withdraw his support for his former second-in-command's campaign. Days later, campaign donors reportedly began receiving refund checks in the mail, the final death knell for Sheehy’s gubernatorial ambitions.
With Sheehy, the previous front-runner, out of the running, other potential candidates emerged with renewed hope: six Republicans ran in the May primary.
Resignation of Lavon Heidemann
Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann (R) announced his resignation from the lieutenant governor's office on September 9, 2014, following reports of a physical altercation with his sister, Lois Bohling. Bohling claimed that Heidemann grabbed her wrists and pushed her following a heated argument over their deceased father's estate. Heidemann and Bohling disagreed about her August 13 filing, which would have stripped him of his ability to farm two parcels of land previously owned by their father. This altercation led to a September 8 order from Johnson County District Judge Daniel Bryan prohibiting Heidemann from contacting his sister, visiting her home or visiting their mother's home. Heidemann stated that he disputed his sister's account of the discussion, but the order led to calls for his resignation by state Democratic leaders.
Gov. Dave Heineman (R) announced that he would move quickly to fill the vacancy, which will be held by three different people in less than two years. Heineman selected state legislator John Nelson as Heidemann's replacement on September 29. Heidemann's 2014 running mate, Pete Ricketts, selected State Auditor Mike Foley as his new ticket mate following the resignation. The Nebraska Secretary of State approved an appeal by Ricketts to replace Heidemann with Foley on the ballot on September 10. The deadline to name a lieutenant gubernatorial candidate was September 1, and state law does not allow names to be removed from the ballot after that date. The appeal was approved on the grounds that Ricketts had a constitutional obligation to select a running mate.
Libertarian gubernatorial candidate Mark G. Elworth Jr. filed a lawsuit against Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale on September 12 over his decision to remove Heidemann from the general election ballot. In a filing with Lancaster County District Court, Elworth cited state law that requires candidates for lieutenant governor to be decided by September 1. Gale argued that his decision to remove Heidemann from the ballot was made after weighing a gubernatorial candidate's constitutional right to designate a running mate against the statutory deadline. A district court judge ruled on September 23 that Gale's decision would stand, allowing Heidemann to be replaced by Foley on the ballot.
October 2 debate
Chuck Hassebrook and Pete Ricketts shared barbs over past positions in a debate sponsored by Nebraska Educational Communications. Hassebrook accused Ricketts of supporting Gov. Dave Heineman's (R) tax proposal in 2013, which would have increased sales tax rates. The Platte Institute, a conservative think-tank created by Ricketts, supported the tax proposal, which ultimately failed to pass in the face of increasing public criticism. Hassebrook argued that Ricketts tried to hide his support for the measure when he decided to run for governor. Ricketts denied support for the bill, noting that he did not agree with every position taken by the institute.
Ricketts countered by bringing up a report co-authored by Hassebrook in 1990 that called for a ban on exports of genetically modified crops. The issue of biotechnology in farming has grown in prominence due to the importance of Nebraska's agricultural sector. Hassebrook responded that he provided little assistance to the authors of the report, and was wrongly credited as a co-author. He also noted that he supported biotechnology research since the early 1990s, when he served on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.
Debate viewers also saw Hassebrook and Ricketts stake out distinct positions on immigration and the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would run through Nebraska. Hassebrook advocated for allowing driving licenses for children brought to the country illegally, while Ricketts opposed issuing licenses as a matter of protecting existing laws. Ricketts suggested that the XL Pipeline would bring jobs to the state and securely transport oil across the country, citing problems with rail transportation of oil. Hassebrook opposed the pipeline because he suggested the project would contribute to climate change.
September 1 debate
Chuck Hassebrook and Pete Ricketts sparred over education policy, economics and full-time residency in Lincoln at the Nebraska State Fair. Hassebrook opposed school vouchers for public school students, suggesting that tax dollars should be used to improve public schools. Ricketts countered that a gradual voucher policy would help students while keeping money in public schools. The duo showed stark differences in economic policy, with Hassebrook supporting a minimum wage increase and Ricketts opposing an increased wage. Moderator Mike'l Severe asked both candidates if they would reside in the governor's mansion full-time if elected. Ricketts, who has three children attending school in Omaha, said that he had not made a final decision on the question. Hassebrook stated that Nebraska needs a "full-time governor" and that he would live in Lincoln because "40 hours a week is a vacation."
Ricketts and his family are members of St. Margaret Mary's Church.
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- Platte Institute, J. Peter Ricketts, accessed September 3, 2013
- Journal Star, Waiting for the shoes to fall, July 21, 2013
- On The Issues, "Pete Ricketts Vote Match," accessed June 18, 2014
- 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.
- Nebraska Secretary of State, "Election Night Results," May 13, 2014
- World Herald-Bureau, "Mike Flood launches bid for governor's office in 2014," November 13, 2012
- World Herald-Bureau, "Mike Flood launches bid for governor's office in 2014," November 13, 2012
- Journal Star, "Sheehy says he will run for Nebraska governor in 2014," July 15, 2011
- The Wall Street Journal, “Nebraska lt. governor resigns,” February 2, 2013
- Omaha World-Herald, “Sheehy’s campaign returns donations,” February 6, 2013
- National Review Online, "Charlie Janssen to run for Nebraska governor, February 19, 2013
- Omaha.com, " Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann resigns, withdraws as Pete Ricketts' running mate," September 9, 2014
- Omaha.com, "Heineman chooses Omaha Sen. John Nelson as lieutenant governor," accessed September 29, 2014
- Kearney Hub, "Secretary of State: Mike Foley's name to appear on ballot," September 10, 2014
- WOWT, "Candidate Sues To Get Heidemann's Name Back On Ballot," September 13, 2014
- Lincoln Journal Star, "Challenge to Foley ballot change ends," September 23, 2014
- Omaha, Pete Ricketts endorsed by 2 former Nebraska governors, October 29, 2013
- Omaha.com, " In their last debate before election, Nebraska governor candidates try to build contrasts," October 2, 2014
- Omaha.com, "Hassebrook-Ricketts debate: Nebraska's governor candidates display stark choice voters will face," September 2, 2014
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