|Governor of Nebraska|
|2005 - Present|
|Years in position||9|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 2, 2010|
|First elected||November 2006|
|Term limits||Two consecutive terms|
|Bachelor's||United States Military Academy at West Point (1970)|
- 1 Biography
- 2 Political career
- 2.1 Governor of Nebraska (2005 - Present)
- 2.2 Issues
- 2.3 Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska (2001 - 2005)
- 2.4 Nebraska Treasurer (1994 - 2001)
- 2.5 Fremont City Council (1990-1994)
- 3 Elections
- 4 Campaign donors
- 5 Personal
- 6 Contact info
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
- 9 References
After graduating from West Point, Heineman served for five years with the United States Army, leaving with the rank of captain. He graduated from the Army Ranger training program during his years of service.
- Bachelor's degree in economics - United States Military Academy at West Point (1970)
Governor of Nebraska (2005 - Present)
Heineman originally assumed the governorship upon Mike Johanns' appointment as United States Secretary of Agriculture in January 20, 2005. He was officially elected to the position in November 2006 and re-elected in the 2010 midterms.
In January 2013, Heineman announced he would seek to eliminate the state income tax and replace it with a sales tax. He said he believes eliminating the income tax would make the state a magnet for jobs.
In Dec. 2006, Heineman presented the Nebraska State Legislature with a middle class tax cut which promised $1 billion of tax relief over the subsequent four years. After finagling with state legislators, he signed LB 367, the largest tax relief bill in the state's history. The bill provided $425 million in tax relief over a two year period. Heineman also pushed for legislation that would make the state's Department of Health and Human Services more accountable to citizens.
In a state where agricultural issues are important, Heineman has made them a top priority. The governor helped to negotiate trade deals with the Republic of China and Cuba for the exportation of wheat, soybeans, and other commodities. He has also been a proponent of increased production of ethanol.
The Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")
Nebraska Watchdog reported on Heineman's feud with the Nebraska Democratic Party regarding his opposition to national health care and his push to get top educators in the state to fight the Obama health care plan. 
As governor, Heineman is responsible for appointing judges to Nebraska state courts. In Nebraska, the governor makes a judicial appointment after candidates are recommended by a judicial nominating commission. After the governor appoints a judge, she or he must run for retention in the next general election more than three years after taking office. For an up-to-date list of all of Heineman's appointees, see Judgepedia's page on his appointments.
In Nov. 2009, while Nebraska faced "a [budget] shortfall of $334 million" caused largely by shrinking sales tax receipts, Heineman introduced a plan to help balance it that included a number of cost saving measures such as "agency savings, transfers from the general fund"  and a 2.5% across-the-board reduction to most state agencies in the 2009 fiscal year and a 5% reduction in fiscal year 2010-2011, cuts totaling $80 million.
Heineman's budget proposal would also take another $154 million from K-12 education, Medicaid, the state prison system and the State Patrol. School budgets would not be cut, the planned increases would simply be frozen, Heineman assured. Unlike neighboring Iowa's Governor Chet Culver, Heineman's proposal did not include a personal salary cut. Heineman said he would oppose any attempt to increase income or sales taxes and expressed his opposition to dipping any further into the state’s cash reserve fund.
Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska (2001 - 2005)
Heineman was appointed as Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska on October 1, 2001, after David I. Maurstad resigned in order to serve as director of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Region VIII. He was elected to his first full term the following year.
Nebraska Treasurer (1994 - 2001)
Heineman was first elected to the office of treasurer in 1994 and won re-election to the office four years later.
Fremont City Council (1990-1994)
Heineman was first elected to serve the general public of Nebraska in 1990 as a member of the Fremont City Council. He remained there until 1994 when he successfully campaigned to be the state's treasurer.
- See also: Nebraska gubernatorial election, 2010
- General Election - 2010 Governor Race
|Governor of Nebraska, 2010|
|Republican||Dave Heineman Incumbent||73.9%||360,645|
|2006 Race for Governor - Republican Primary |
|Dave Heineman (R)||50.3%|
|Tom Osborne (R)||44.4%|
|Dave Nabity (R)||5.3%|
|2006 Race for Governor - General Election |
|Dave Heineman (R)||73.4%|
|David Hahn (D)||24.5%|
|Barry Richards (Nebraska)||1.5%|
|Mort Sullivan (By Petition)||0.6%|
Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Dave Heineman and Rick Sheehy's donors each year. Click [show] for more information.
|Dave Heineman and Rick Sheehy's Campaign Contributions|
Governor and Lt. Governor of Nebraska
Governor and Lt. Governor of Nebraska
|Total Raised by General Election Opponent||$107,458 (Dem.)||$380,498|
|Top 5 contributors||Nebraska Education Association||$32,185||Dave Heineman||$390,000|
|AFLAC||$30,000||Service Employees International Union||$45,000|
|Nebraska Bankers Association||$25,500||Larry Courtnage||$37,000|
|Nebraska Printing Center||$22,451||ACC Capital Holdings||$25,000|
|Eldon Roth||$21,000||Nebraska Printing Center||$21,214|
Heineman currently resides in Freemont, Nebraska with his wife, Sally Ganem, and their son, Sam. He is a practicing Methodist.
Office of the Governor
Post Office Box 94848
Lincoln, NE 68509-4848
- Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman Official state site
- Dave Heineman's Twitter account
- Dave Heineman for Governor Official campaign site
- Project Vote Smart - Dave Heineman biography
- Wall Street Journal, "The State Tax Reformers," January 29, 2013
- Fremont Tribune "Heineman outlines his tax cuts proposals" 29 Dec. 2006
- Nebraska Watchdog
- Journal Star "Gov. Dave Heineman: Budget proposal is about reducing spending" 2 Nov. 2009
- Governor Lays Out Budget Cuts; His Salary Safe, Nebraska Watchdog, November 2, 2009
- Nebraska Secretary of State, "Official Report of the State Board of Canvassers of the State of Nebraska", accessed December 21, 2010
- Nebraska Secretary of State - 2006 Republican Primary Election Results
- Nebraska Secretary of State - 2006 General Election Results
- Follow the Money.org
Dawn E. Rockey
| Succeeded by|
Lorelee Hunt Byrd
David I. Maurstad
|Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska
| Succeeded by|
|Governor of Nebraska
| Succeeded by|
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