Ben Sasse

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Ben Sasse
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Candidate for
U.S. Senate, Nebraska
Master'sSt. Johns & Yale
Place of birthPlainview, Nebraska
ProfessionPresident of Midland University
Campaign website
Ben Sasse is a 2014 Republican candidate seeking election to the U.S. Senate from Nebraska.


Sasse is the current president of Midland University. He previously served in President George W. Bush's administration, from December 2007 until Obama's inauguration in January 2009. Sasse worked as assistant secretary for planning and evaluation in the Department of Health and Human Services. He focused on health care and entitlement program initiatives in particular.[1]

Sasse attended Harvard University, Oxford University, St. John's University and earned his Ph.D. from Yale University.[2]


  • February 2010-Present: President, Midland University
  • January 2009 - December 2009: Assistant professor, University of Texas at Austin
  • December 2007 - January 2009: Assistant secretary, Health and Human Services
  • December 2006 - December 2007: Counselor to the secretary, Health and Human Services
  • September 2005 - December 2006: Assistant professor, University of Texas at Austin
  • July 2005 - September 2005: Contractor, Department of Homeland Security
  • January 2005 - July 2005: Chief of staff, U.S. Representative Jeff Fortenberry
  • January 2004 - January 2005: Chief of staff, U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Policy[3][4][5][6]



See also: United States Senate elections in Nebraska, 2014

Sasse is running in the 2014 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Nebraska. Sasse is seeking the Republican nomination in the primary. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.[1]

Sasse spent a reported $8,500 to buy airtime during the Bowl Championship Series game between Auburn University and Florida State University. The game aired on January 6, 2014.[7]


Sasse has been endorsed by the following people and organizations:

Campaign donors


Sasse raised $800,000 in his first quarter. His opponent, Shane Osborn, raised $234,000 in his first quarter.[14]

He has received a total of $44,692 in earmarked contributions from the Senate Conservatives Fund as of December 2013.[15]


Sasse is married with three children.[16]

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  1. 1.0 1.1 Journal Star, "Sasse will be Senate candidate," accessed August 19, 2013
  2., "A new face in Nebraska politics: Ben Sasse," accessed August 19, 2013
  3. Sasse, Benjamin, "Biographical Information" Appendix to Hearing re Nomination of Dr. Benjamin Sasse. U.S. House. Committee on the Finance. Washington: Government Printing Office 2007-11-01. Retrieved 2014-01-11.
  4. K. Weems & B. Sasse, "Is Government Health Insurance Cheap?" Wall Street Journal. 2009-04-19. Retrieved 2014-01-11.
  5. Sen. Robert Cornyn (R-TX) & Benjamin Sasse, "Do Healthcare Reformers Fear A Reading Public?" Forbes. 2009-11-09. Retrieved 2011-01-11.
  6. United States Senate Financial Disclosures. United States Senate. 2013-12-23. Retrieved 2014-01-11.
  7. Roll Call, "Nebraska Republican to Make TV Buy During BCS Game," accessed December 16, 2013
  8. Free Republican, "Senate Conservatives Fund Endorses Ben Sasse (Nebraska Senate Seat)," accessed October 22, 2013
  9. The Washington Post, "Club for Growth backs Sasse in Nebraska," accessed November 8, 2013
  10., "Senate hopeful Ben Sasse picks up endorsement of ex-House Majority Leader Dick Armey," accessed November 15, 2013
  11. Roll Call, "Rep. Paul Ryan Gives Support to Ben Sasse in Nebraska Senate Race," accessed November 19, 2013
  12. Roll Call, "Coburn Endorses in Competitive Nebraska Senate Primary," February 10, 2014
  13. Washington Times, "Mike Lee endorses Ben Sasse in Nebraska GOP Senate primary," March 4, 2014
  14. Roll Call, "First-Time GOP Senate Candidate Posts Knock-Out Fundraising Quarter," accessed October 1, 2013
  15. Roll Call, "Senate Conservatives Fund Ramps Up Earmarking Effort," accessed December 27, 2013
  16. Journal Star, "Ben Sasse: Getting to know you," accessed August 19, 2013