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The Governor of the State of Nebraska is an elected Constitutional officer, the head of the Executive branch, and the highest state office in Nebraska. The Governor is popularly elected every four years by a plurality and is limited to two consecutive terms with at least one term intervening before the same individual mat seek the office again.

Current officer

The 39th and current governor is Dave Heineman, a Republican elected in 2006 and 2010.

His wife, Sally Ganem, is the First Lady of Nebraska.

Nebraska Watchdog reported on Governor Heineman's feud with the Nebraska Democratic Party regarding Heineman's opposition to national health care and his push to get top educators in the state to fight the Obama health care plan. [1]


The state Constitution addresses the office of the governor in Article IV, the Executive Department.

Under Article IV, Section I:

The executive officers of the state shall be the Governor...

Additionally, under Article IV, Section 6:

The supreme executive power shall be vested in the Governor, who shall take care that the laws be faithfully executed and the affairs of the state efficiently and economically administered.'


Current Governors
Gubernatorial Elections
Current Lt. Governors
Lt. Governor Elections
Breaking news

Candidates for governor must be:

  • at least 30 years old
  • a resident of the state of Nebraska for at least 5 years
  • a citizen of the United States

While serving, the Governor is ineligible for any other state office.


Nebraska elects governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years. For Nebraska, 2006, 2010, 2014, and 2018 are all gubernatorial election years. Legally, the gubernatorial inauguration is always set for the first Thursday in the January following an election. Thus, January 6, 2011 and January 1, 2015 are inaugural days.

In the event of a tie, the legislature shall choose the winner from two highest vote getters.


See also: How gubernatorial vacancies are filled

Details of vacancy appointments are addressed under Article IV, Section 16.

If the governorship becomes vacant for any reason, the Lieutenant Governor and then the Speaker of the Legislature shall succeed. The Governor may also devolve powers to the Lieutenant Governor when the former is absent or temporarily unable to discharge the office.

If a Governor-elect is unable to take the office or is disqualified before being inaugurated, the Lieutenant Governor-elect is inaugurated in his place and served the full term.



The governor is the commander-in-chief of the state military forces in the state of Nebraska. The governor is the chief budget officer and must present the state legislature with a complete budget for all expenditures used in running the state’s regular business.

The governor is the chairperson of the Board of State Canvassers and the Board of Pardons. The governor is a member of the State Records Board, Nebraska Capitol Commission, Education Commission of the States, State Board of Health, Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission, Nebraska Hall of Fame Commission, Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice and other groups as provided by law.

Other duties and privileges of the office include:

  • Giving information by message to the Legislature
  • Giving accounts of all money received and spent
  • Appointing certain officers as required by the constitution and statutes and filling vacancies in state offices * Signing or vetoing bills passed by the Legislature
  • Calling elections to fill vacancies for members of the U.S. Congress
  • Certifying notaries
  • Issuing requisitions for the return of accused persons to Nebraska and other states and countries
  • Enforcing criminal laws
  • Convening special sessions of the legislature
  • Using the "Great Seal of the State of Nebraska"


See also: Comparison of gubernatorial salaries

The salary of the governor is set by the Constitution, under Article IV, Section 25.

As of 2010, the Governor of Nebraska is paid $105,000 a year, the 40th highest gubernatorial salary in America.

Contact information

Lincoln Office/State Capitol
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 94848
Lincoln, NE 68509-4848

Western Office
Office of the Governor
4500 Avenue I
P.O. Box 1500
Scottsbluff, NE 69363-1500

See also

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