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Fischer won election to the [[United States Senate|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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=NES1&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' " 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 2013]</ref>
Fischer won election to the [[United States Senate|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.<ref>[http://www.opensecrets.org/races/summary.php?id=NES1&cycle=2012 ''Open Secrets'' " 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 2013]</ref>
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Fischer spent $11.53 per vote received in 2012.
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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, in Lincoln, Nebraska) 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:


Campaign themes


On her campaign website, Fischer listed nine issues. They were:[6]

  • 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."
  • Agriculture
  • 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." [6]

Drones filibuster

See also: Rand Paul filibuster of John Brennan's CIA Nomination in March 2013

On March 6, 2013, Senator Rand Paul (R) led a 13-hour filibuster of President Obama's CIA Director nominee, John Brennan. Paul started the filibuster in order to highlight his concerns about the administration's drone policies. In particular, Paul said he was concerned about whether a drone could be used to kill an American citizen within the United States border, without any due process involved. Paul and other civil liberties activists criticized President Obama for not offering a clear response to the question. A total of 14 senators joined Paul in the filibuster -- 13 Republicans and one Democrat.[7][8][9]

According to the website Breitbart, Fischer was one of 30 Republican senators who did not support the filibuster.[10][11]

The day after the filibuster, Attorney General Eric Holder sent a letter to Paul, responding to the filibuster. Holder wrote, "Does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drone to kill an American not engaged in combat on U.S. soil? The answer to that is no."[12]



See also: United States Senate elections in Nebraska, 2012

Fischer won election to the U.S. Senate in 2012.[13] 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.[14] 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.[15]

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.[17]

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 had endorsed her candidacy for the U.S. Senate:[18]

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.[19]

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.[20]

Cost per vote

Fischer spent $11.53 per vote received in 2012.


In 2008, Fischer collected $68,927 in donations.[21]

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


Like-minded colleagues

The website Open Congress tracks the voting records of each member to determine with whom he or she votes most and least often. The results include a member from each party.[22]

Fischer most often votes with:

Fischer least often votes with:

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.[23]

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.[24]

External links

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  1. Deb Fischer 2012 campaign website Accessed January 21, 2012
  2. Politico "2012 House Race Results"
  3. Unicameral Update: Senator moonlights as cowpoke on weekends January 26, 2008
  4. Biographical Director of the United States Congress "Deb Fischer," Accessed July 1, 2011
  5. Congressional Quarterly "Senate Committee List" Accessed January 22, 2013
  6. 6.0 6.1 Deb Fischer for US Senate "Issues: Deb Fischer 2012" May 6, 2012
  7. CNN, "Rand Paul says he's heard from White House after filibuster," March 7, 2013
  8. USA Today, "Rand Paul filibuster ranks among Senate's longest," March 7, 2013
  9. ABC News, "Rand Paul wins applause from GOP and liberals," March 7, 2013
  10. Breitbart, "AWOL: Meet the GOP senators who refused to stand with Rand," March 7, 2013
  11. Politico, "Rand Paul filibuster blasted by Sens. John McCain, Lindsey Graham," March 7, 2013
  12. Washington Post, "Eric Holder responds to Rand Paul with ‘no’," March 7, 2013
  13. Deb Fischer 2012 campaign website Accessed January 21, 2012
  14. Wall Street Journal "Nebraska's Deb Fischer Pulls Upset in Primary," March 16, 2012
  15. iWatch News "Super PAC cash plays big role in Nebraska Senate race," May 15, 2012
  16. Nebraska Secretary of State "Canvass Report" Accessed October 11, 2012
  17. Nebraska Secretary of State - 2008 General Election Results
  18. www.1011now.com Sen. Deb Fischer Announces Endorsements from 13 Neb. State Senators, September 21, 2011
  19. Open Secrets "Donor history for Deb Fischer" April 2013
  20. Open Secrets " 2012 Election Cycle," Accessed March 2013
  21. 2008 contributions to Deb Fischer
  22. OpenCongress, "Deb Fischer," Accessed August 8, 2013
  23. GovTrack, "Deb Fischer" Accessed April 2013
  24. Politico, "10 facts about Deb Fischer," May 16, 2012. Retrieved June 13, 2012.
Political offices
Preceded by
Ben Nelson (D)
United States Senate - Nebraska
Succeeded by
Preceded by
Nebraska State Senate District 43
Succeeded by
Al Davis