|U.S. Senate, Nebraska|
|Nebraska State Treasurer|
|Bachelor's||University of Nebraska-Lincoln|
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.
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
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**||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|
- **FreedomWorks endorsed Shane Osborn in November 2013 and subsequently switched their endorsement from Osborn to Ben Sasse in March 2014.
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Osborn is married with four children.
- Journal Star "Shane Osborn launches Senate campaign," accessed July 15, 2013
- Shane Osborn "Bio," accessed July 15, 2013
- Omaha, "Some in military challenge Shane Osborn's view of 2001 heroism," accessed March 31, 2014
- WatchDog.org "Osborn poll: Osborn leads Senate race—big," Accessed December 6, 2013
- YouTube, "Proven Conservative," accessed March 31, 2014
- FreedomWorks, "FreedomWorks PAC Withdraws Osborn Support, Endorses Ben Sasse in Nebraska Senate Race," accessed March 28, 2014
- Talking Points Memo, "FreedomWorks Splits With Other Tea Party Groups In Nebraska Senate Race," accessed November 11, 2013
- Watchdog.org, "FreedomWorks endorses Osborn for Senate," accessed November 13, 2013