Governor of Nebraska

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Nebraska Governor
General information
Office Type:  Partisan
Office website:  Official Link
2012-13 FY Budget:  $1,652,727
Term limits:  Two consecutive terms
Length of term:   4 years
Authority:  Nebraska Constitution, Article IV, Section I
Selection Method:  Elected
Current Officeholder

Dave Heineman official photo.jpg
Name:  Dave Heineman
Officeholder Party:  Republican
Assumed office:  January 20, 2005
Compensation:  $105,000
Next election:  November 2, 2010
Last election:  November 4, 2014
Other Nebraska Executive Offices
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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.

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, United States Military Academy at West Point (1970) in economics


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.


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"


Nebraska elects governors in the midterm elections, that is, even years that are not Presidential election years.[1] 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.

Term limits

See also: States with gubernatorial term limits

Nebraska governors are restricted to two consecutive terms in office, after which they must wait four years before being eligible to run again.

Nebraska Constitution, Article IV-1

The Governor shall be ineligible to the office of Governor for four years next after the expiration of two consecutive terms for which he or she was elected.

Partisan composition

The chart below shows the partisan breakdown of Nebraska State Governors from 1992-2013.
Governor of Nebraska Partisanship.PNG

Full History


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State budget

The budget for the Governor's office in Fiscal Year 2012-13 was $1,652,727.[2]


See also: Comparison of gubernatorial salaries and Compensation of state executive officers
See also: Comparison of gubernatorial salaries and Compensation of state executive officers

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

The officers provided for in this article shall receive such salaries as may be provided by law. Such officers, or such other officers as may be provided for by law, shall not receive for their own use any fees, costs, or interest upon public money in their hands.


In 2013, the governor's salary remained at $105,000.[3]


In 2012, the Governor of Nebraska was paid an estimated $105,000 according to the Council of State Governments.


Partisan balance 1992-2013

Who Runs the States Project
See also: Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States and Ballotpedia:Who Runs the States, Nebraska’’
Partisan breakdown of the Nebraska governorship from 1992-2013

From 1992-2013, in Nebraska there were Democratic governors in office for the first seven years while there were Republican governors in office for the last 15 years.

Across the country, there were 493 years of Democratic governors (44.82%) and 586 years of Republican governors (53.27%) from 1992-2013.

Over the course of the 22-year study, state governments became increasingly more partisan. At the outset of the study period (1992), 18 of the 49 states with partisan legislatures had single-party trifectas and 31 states had divided governments. In 2013, only 13 states have divided governments, while single-party trifectas held sway in 36 states, the most in the 22 years studied.

The chart below shows the partisan composition of the Office of the Governor of Nebraska, the Nebraska State Senate and the Nebraska House of Representatives from 1992-2013. Partisan composition of Nebraska state government(1992-2013).PNG

Historical officeholders

There were 10 Governors of Nebraska Territory from 1854-1867.[4]

There have been 42 Governors of the state of Nebraska since 1867. Of the 42 Governors of the state of Nebraska, 26 were Republican, 14 were Democrat and 2 were Democrat/Populist.[4]

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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

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