|U.S. Senate, Nebraska|
|January 3, 2001-Present|
|January 3, 2013|
|Years in position||23|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 7, 2006|
|Next general||November 6, 2012|
|Bachelor's||University of Nebraska-Lincoln|
|Master's||University of Nebraska-Lincoln|
|J.D.||University of Nebraska-Lincoln|
|Birthday||May 17, 1941|
|Place of birth||McCook, Nebraska|
|Profession||Attorney, Insurance Executive|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Career
- 3 Committee assignments
- 4 Issues
- 5 Elections
- 6 Campaign donors
- 7 Analysis
- 8 Recent news
- 9 Personal
- 10 External links
- 11 References
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.
Nelson serves on the following committees:
- 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)
Nelson will not seek re-election in 2012. Larry Marvin, Steven P. Lustgarten, and Sherman Yates are seeking the Democratic nomination and will face one another in the May 15, 2012 primary. Jon Bruning, Deb Fischer, Pat Flynn, Don Stenberg, and Spencer Zimmerman are seeking the Republican nomination. Russell Anderson is running as an Independent.
|United States Senate Nebraska General Election, 2006|
|Democratic||Ben Nelson Incumbent||63.9%||378,388|
|U.S. Senate, Nebraska, 2006 - Ben Nelson Campaign Contributions|
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$13,424,896|
|Total Spent by General Election Opponent||$13,417,690|
|Top contributors to Ben Nelson's campaign committee|
|Level 3 Communications||$56,800|
|Blue Cross/Blue Shield||$34,400|
|Top 5 industries that contributed to campaign committee|
|Securities & Investment||$305,399|
Congressional Staff Salaries
The website Legistorm compiles staff salary information for members of Congress. Nelson paid his congressional staff a total of $2,489,798 in 2011. He ranks 11th on the list of the lowest paid Democratic Senatorial Staff Salaries and he ranks 40th overall of the lowest paid Senatorial Staff Salaries in 2011. Overall, Nebraska ranks 38th in average salary for senatorial staff. The average U.S. Senate congressional staff was paid $2,529,141.70 in fiscal year 2011.
Based on congressional financial disclosure forms and calculations made available by OpenSecrets.org - The Center for Responsive Politics, Nelson's net worth as of 2010 was estimated between $6,562,096 and $13,799,001. That averages to $10,180,548.50, which is lower than the average net worth of Democratic Senators in 2010 of $19,383,524.
Percentage voting with party
Ben Nelson voted with the Democratic Party 79.6% of the time, which ranked 51st among the 51 Senate Democratic members as of November 2011.
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He is married to Diane Nelson.
- United States Senator Ben Nelson official U.S. Senate site
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- Gov Track "Ben Nelson," Accessed March 3, 2012
- ncnewspress.com "Senator Ben Nelson announces he won't seek re-election", December 27, 2011
- Nebraska Secretary of State "Official Candidate List," Accessed February 2, 2012
- Biographical Directory of the United States Congress "Ben Nelson," Accessed October 21, 2011
- Ben Nelson Official Senate Website "About Committees," Accessed October 21, 2011
- U.S. Congress House Clerk "Statistics of the Congressional Election of November 7, 2006"
- Open Secrets "Ben Nelson 2006 Election Data," Accessed October 26, 2011
- LegiStorm "Ben Nelson"
- OpenSecrets.org, "Nelson, (D-Nebraska), 2010"
- OpenCongress, "Voting With Party," accessed July 2014
J. Robert Kerrey
|United States Senate - Nebraska
| Succeeded by|
Kay A. Orr
| Succeeded by|