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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 was a 2014 Republican Party candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate representing Nebraska.[1] Osborn was defeated by Ben Sasse in the Republican primary on May 13, 2014.


Osborn holds a bachelor's 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 took issue with Osborn's decision to make the emergency landing, saying that he gave up valuable intelligence information to the Chinese. Moreover, Osborn used his military experience as a central theme for his Senate campaign, and many veterans accussed him of exploiting his own military expertise.[3]

False Memo

After receiving criticism for his emergency landing as a U.S. Navy pilot, Osborn began circulating what appeared to be an official Navy memo approving of his actions. However, the Navy could not authenticate the memo, and it was discovered that the memo was written by a Navy commander and friend of Osborn's who worked at the Pentagon. While the letter was written by a commander in the Navy, it did not have the authorization of the Navy as a whole. The author of the memo stated, "We didn't do anything wrong. But we did it to sort of shortcut the process."[4]



See also: United States Senate elections in Nebraska, 2014

Osborn ran for the U.S. Senate in Nebraska in 2014. Osborn ran for the seat currently held by Mike Johanns. Johanns did not seek re-election in 2014. Osborn sought the Republican nomination in the primary on May 13, 2014, but lost to Ben Sasse.[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.[5] Neil Newhouse of Public Opinion Strategies stated that Osborn’s support came from Republicans, Tea Party supporters and senior citizens. The poll questioned 400 likely Republican voters.[5]

U.S. Senate, Nebraska Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBen Sasse 49.3% 110,802
Sid Dinsdale 22.5% 50,494
Shane Osborn 21.1% 47,338
Bart McLeay 5.7% 12,840
Clifton Johnson 1.5% 3,310
Total Votes 224,784
Source: Nebraska Secretary of State


In this campaign ad, Osborn claimed that he, unlike his opponents in the primary, proved that he would follow through with his promises. While he was State Treasurer, Osborn says, he cut his office's budget and helped find employment for veterans.[6]

Shane Osborn's campaign ad

Club for Growth Action came out with an ad criticizing Osborn for "false attacks" against his primary opponent, Ben Sasse, and for his record as Treasurer.[7]

Club for Growth ad attacking Osborn

The 60 Plus Association released an ad on May 2, 2014, in which veterans criticized Osborn for having a friend write a false memo, which Osborn claimed was an official Navy document. [8]

60 Plus ad attacking Osborn


The following endorsements were 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
Tea Party Patriots Citizen Fund April 17, 2014
Ted Cruz April 23, 2014
Tea Party Express May 06, 2014
  • **FreedomWorks endorsed Shane Osborn in November 2013 and subsequently switched their endorsement from Osborn to Ben Sasse in March 2014.[9]


Campaign donors


Candidates for Congress were required to file up to seven main reports with the Federal Election Commission during the 2014 elections season. Below are Osborn's reports.[12]

Shane Osborn (2014) Campaign Finance Reports
ReportDate FiledBeginning BalanceTotal Contributions
for Reporting Period
ExpendituresCash on Hand
July Quarterly[13]April 4, 2014$0.00$233,868.00$(4,666.13)$229,201.87
October Quarterly[14]April 4, 2014$229,201.87$336,554.46$(138,996.95)$426,759.38
Year-End[15]April 11, 2014$426,759.38$369,006.02$(213,430.00)$582,335.40
April Quarterly[16]April 11, 2014$582,335.40$617,091.98$(431,148.10)$768,279.28
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Osborn is married with four children.[2]

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