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===Campaign themes===
On her campaign website, Fischer lists nine issues. They are:<ref name="themes"/>
*''2nd Amendment Rights''
:* On her website, Fischer says, "I’m a strong supporter of the 2nd Amendment and I’ve opposed every attempt by liberals to intrude on our right to own firearms.  In the Nebraska Legislature, I have an A+ rating from the National Rifle Association.  In the U.S. Senate, I will continue to be an advocate for gun owners and our constitutional rights."
:* On her website, Fischer says, "As someone involved in a family ranch business, I know firsthand the challenges and responsibilities people in agriculture face.  Agriculture plays a crucial role in our Nebraska economy and provides a stable and safe food supply for our nation and for the world.  As a U.S. Senator, I can be a key ally for Nebraska agriculture."
*''Energy ''
:* On her website, Fischer says, "Being dependent on oil coming from countries who are – or who soon could be – enemies of the United States just isn’t wise.  I support efforts to produce new sources of energy from wind and solar power and want to advance those technologies so they can become competitive with fossil fuels.  In the meantime, I support efforts to increase efficient energy use and to use new technologies to reduce energy consumption.    I support renewable energy sources, including ethanol, but I still believe the United States needs to be committed to exploring and recovering all of the potential energy sources we have here at home.  In times where gasoline is approaching four dollars per gallon, I strongly believe that we need promote responsible oil drilling in our country."
*''Health Care''
:* On her website, Fischer says, "The government takeover of health care supported by President Obama and Senator Ben Nelson will move medical care in the wrong direction.  As your U.S. Senator, I will vote to repeal Obamacare."
*''Illegal Immigration''
:* On her website, Fischer says, "Keeping our borders secure is a primary responsibility of the federal government.  If elected, I will support increased agents/troops on our southern border to beef up security.  I support the E-verify system of validating legal immigrants when they apply for a new job.  I will not tolerate those who break immigration laws and enter our country illegally."
*''National Security''
:* On her website, Fischer says, "The most important job of the federal government is to keep us safe and secure.  Our brave men and women in uniform perform their duty to protect all of us admirably and effectively.  In the Senate, I will not play politics with our security and our troops.  I will give our military the tools they need to keep America safe and free, and I will ensure our troops and their families are supported and that their needs are met."
*''Protecting Life''
:* On her website, Fischer says, "I am proud to be pro-life and to have had a solid pro-life voting record during my seven years in the Nebraska Legislature.  I will continue to support a culture of life by supporting pro-life policies in U.S. Senate."
*''Small Businesses''
:* On her website, Fischer says, "Congress needs to set legislative priorities that will reward entrepreneurship, growth and innovation. When elected to the U.S. Senate, Deb Fischer will have five legislative priorities that she will address to give our small businesses a chance to succeed and create jobs."
*''Taxes and Spending''
:* On her website, Fischer says, "Our federal debt is almost $15 trillion dollars.  That is just unacceptable.  We simply can not continue to print money to pay our national debt.  Our first priority must be to cut federal spending.  We cannot tax our way to prosperity like President Obama has proposed.  The appetite for big spending programs is strong in Washington D.C. and we need to change politics-as-usual.  That’s why I strongly support a balanced budget amendment at the federal level." <ref name="themes">[http://www.debfischer2012.com/issues/ ''Deb Fischer for US Senate'' "Issues: Deb Fischer 2012" May 6, 2012]</ref>
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Deb Fischer
U.S. Senate, Nebraska
In office
January 3, 2013-present
Term ends
January 3, 2019
Years in position 2
PredecessorBen Nelson (D)
Base salary$174,000/year
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember, 2018
Campaign $$5,253,975
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Nebraska State Senate District 43
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nebraska Lincoln, 1988
Date of birthMarch 1, 1951
Place of birthLincoln, NE
ProfessionRancher, Sunny Slope Ranch
Net worth$323,501
Office website
Personal website
Campaign website
Deb Fischer (b. March 1, 1951) is a Republican member of the United States Senate from the state of Nebraska. She was first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012.[1]

Fischer defeated former Governor and U.S. Senator Bob Kerrey and independent candidate Russell Anderson in the November general election. Incumbent Senator Ben Nelson (D) did not seek re-election in 2012. Fischer succeeded him on January 3, 2013.[2]

Prior to her election to the Senate, Fischer served as a member of the Nebraska Unicameral representing District 43, and an Executive Board Member, from 2005-2013.

Based on analysis of multiple outside rankings, Fischer is one of the most reliable Republican votes, meaning she can be considered a safe vote for the Republican Party in Congress.


Born March 1, 1951 in Lincoln, Nebraska, Sen. Fischer is a cattle rancher from Valentine, Nebraska. Her experience prior to election to the Nebraska State Legislature include being a member of the Sandhills Cattle Association, the Nebraska Cattlemen, the Valentine Rural High School Board of Education, the AgBuilders of Nebraska, the Nebraska Department of Agriculture’s Rural Rehabilitation Review Board, the Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council and the Governor’s Ag Advisory Council.[3]


Below is an abbreviated outline of Fischer's academic, professional and political career:[4]

  • 1990-2004:Valentine Rural High School Board of Education
  • 2000-2004:Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education
  • 2005-2012:Nebraska Unicameral Legislature

Committee assignments

U.S. Senate


Fischer serves on the following Senate committees[5]:

State Legislature


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Fischer served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Fischer served on these committees:



See also: United States Senate elections in Nebraska, 2012

Fischer won election to the U.S. Senate in 2012.[6] Fischer defeated Bob Kerrey (D) and Russell Anderson (I) in the general election. She defeated Jon Bruning, Sharyn Elander, Pat Flynn, Don Stenberg and Spencer Zimmerman in the May 15 Republican primary.[7] She had been trailing in the polls heading into the primary. Outside groups spent more than $2 million on advertising, with more than $1 million going into attack ads against Bruning.[8]

U.S. Senate, Nebraska General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngDeb Fischer 57.8% 455,593
     Democratic Bob Kerrey 42.2% 332,979
Total Votes 788,572
Source: Nebraska Secretary of State "Official Election Results, 2012 General Election"

US Senate - Nebraska Republican Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDeb Fischer 6.7% 79,941
Jon Bruning 58.6% 701,067
Don Stenberg 30.2% 361,727
Pat Flynn 4.3% 51,413
Spencer Zimmerman 0.1% 1,601
Sharyn Elander 0.1% 1,294
Total Votes 1,197,043


On November 4, 2008, Fischer won re-election to the 43rd District Seat in the Nebraska Senate unopposed.[10]

Nebraska State Senate, District 43 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Deb Fischer 13,756



On September 21, 2011, Fischer announced that the following thirteen State Senators in the Nebraska Unicameral have endorsed her candidacy for the U.S. Senate:[11]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Fischer is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Fischer raised a total of $5,253,975 during that time period. This information was last updated on April 24, 2013.[12]

Deb Fischer's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 U.S.Senate (Nebraska) Won $5,253,975
Grand Total Raised $5,253,975


Above is a breakdown of funds for the 2012 election, according to source.

Fischer won election to the U.S. Senate election in 2012. During that election cycle, Fischer's campaign committee raised a total of $5,253,975 and spent $5,146,461.[13]


In 2008, Fischer collected $68,927 in donations.[14]

Her five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Nebraska Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors $2,500
Nebraska Chamber Of Commerce and Industry $2,244
Nebraska Association of Nurse Anesthetists $2,000
Nebraska Realtors Association $1,500
Nebraska Farm Bureau $1,500


Lifetime voting record

See also: Lifetime voting records of United States Senators and Representatives

According to the website GovTrack, Fischer missed 0 of 96 roll call votes from Jan 2013 to Apr 2013, which is 0.0% of votes during that period. This is better than the median of 1.7% among the lifetime records of senators currently serving.[15]

Voting with party


Deb Fischer voted with the Republican Party 91.9% of the time, which ranked 8th among the 46 Senate Republican members as of June 2013.

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Contact information

Sen. Deb Fischer
District 43
Room 1110
P.O. Box 94604
State Capitol
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2628
Email: dfischer@leg.ne.gov


Fischer (née Strobel) has been married to Bruce Fischer since 1972; they have three children. She is a part-time rancher by trade.[16]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Ben Nelson (D)
United States Senate - Nebraska
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Nebraska State Senate District 43
Succeeded by
Al Davis