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Shane Osborn

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Shane Osborn
Candidate for
U.S. Senate, Nebraska
Prior offices
Nebraska State Treasurer
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Navy
Campaign website
Shane Osborn is a 2014 Republican Party candidate who is seeking election to the U.S. Senate representing Nebraska.[1]


Osborn holds a bachelors in mathematics and statistics from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. While he was a Navy pilot in 2001, Osborn's plane was struck by a Chinese fighter plane. Osborn successfully landed the plane and he and his crew members were held hostage by the Chinese military for 12 days.[2]



Military heroism

In April 2001, Osborn attracted attention as a heroic military figure, as he, a U.S. Navy pilot, took control of a highly damaged plane after a collision with a Chinese fighter plane. Osborn saved the lives of himself and his 23 crew members, and made an emergency landing in China. He received a Distinguished Flying Cross for his flying ability. However, some veterans disagree with Osborn's decision to make the emergency landing, saying that he gave up valuable intelligence information to the Chinese. Moreover, Osborn is using his military experience as a central theme for his Senate campaign, and many veterans are accusing him of bragging and saying that it is unbecoming behavior for an officer to praise his own military expertise.[3]



See also: United States Senate elections in Nebraska, 2014

Osborn is running for the U.S. Senate in Nebraska in 2014. Osborn is running for the seat currently held by Mike Johanns. Johanns is not seeking re-election in 2014. The election is November 4, 2014.[1]

In October 2013, a poll conducted by Osborn’s campaign showed Osborn leading his competitors by a wide margin. The poll showed Osborn receiving 39 percent of the vote. His competitors, Sid Dinsdale, Ben Sasse, and Bart McLeay, remained in single digits.[4] Neil Newhouse of Public Opinion Strategies stated that Osborn’s support comes from Republicans, Tea Party supporters and senior citizens. The poll questioned 400 likely Republican voters.[4]


In this campaign ad, Osborn claims that he, unlike his opponents in the primary, has proven that he will follow through with his promises. While he was State Treasurer, he cut his office's budget and helped find employment for veterans.

Shane Osborn's campaign ad[5]


The following endorsements have been made in the Nebraska Republican primary:

Nebraska Senate Republican Contested Primary
Endorsement/Contribution Shane Osborn Ben Sasse Bart McLeay Sid Dinsdale Clifton Johnson
Senate Conservatives Fund October 22, 2013
Club for Growth November 7, 2013
FreedomWorks** November 11, 2013 March 28, 2014
Dick Armey November 14, 2013
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) November 21, 2013
National Review January 10, 2014
Erick Erickson January 17, 2014
Mark Levin January 17, 2014
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) February 10, 2014
Gun Owners for America February 12, 2014
Concerned Women for America February 19, 2014
Family Research Council February 21, 2014
Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) March 4, 2014
Phyllis Schlafly March 4, 2014
Sarah Palin March 13, 2014


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Osborn is married with four children.[2]

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