Ben Nelson

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Ben Nelson
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U.S. Senate, Nebraska
In office
January 3, 2001-Present
Term ends
January 3, 2013
Years in position 24
Base salary$174,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 7, 2006
First elected2000
Next generalNovember 6, 2012
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Governor of Nebraska
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln
Master'sUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln
J.D.University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Date of birthMay 17, 1941
Place of birthMcCook, Nebraska
ProfessionAttorney, Insurance Executive
Office website
Campaign website
E. Ben Nelson (b. May 17, 1941) is a Democratic member of the United States Senate from the state of Nebraska. Nelson was first elected to the Senate in 1990.


Nelson was born in McCook, in southwestern Nebraska. He earned a B.A. in 1963, a M.A. in 1965, and a J.D. in 1970 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Nelson made his name and money in the insurance industry. After graduating from law school, Nelson landed a job as assistant general counsel for Central National Insurance Group of Omaha. In 1975, he became state insurance director before going back to work for Central National Insurance as an executive vice president and eventually president. He won his first elected office in 1990 when he became governor of Nebraska.[1]


Committee Assignments

U.S. Senate


Nelson serves on the following committees:[2]

  • Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry
    • Subcommittee on Rural Revitalization, Conservation, Forestry and Credit
    • Subcommittee on Energy, Science and Technology
    • Subcommittee on Domestic and Foreign Marketing, Inspection, and Plant and Animal Health
  • Committee on Appropriations
    • Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government
    • Subcommittee on Homeland Security
    • Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies
    • Subcommittee on Legislative Branch (Chairman)
    • Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies
  • Committee on Armed Services
    • Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities
    • Subcommittee on Personnel
    • Subcommittee on Strategic Forces (Chairman)


Political positions



On November 7, 2006, Tester was re-elected to the United States Senate for a second term. He defeated Pete Ricketts (R). [3]

United States Senate Nebraska General Election, 2006
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngBen Nelson Incumbent 63.9% 378,388
     Republican Pete Ricketts 36.1% 213,928
Total Votes 592,316


He is married to Diane Nelson.

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Political offices
Preceded by
J. Robert Kerrey
United States Senate
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Kay A. Orr
Nebraska Governor
Succeeded by
Mike Johanns