Governor of Nebraska
|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|
|Assumed office:||January 20, 2005|
|Next election:||November 2, 2010|
|Last election:||November 4, 2014|
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- 1 Current officer
- 2 Authority
- 3 Qualifications
- 4 Vacancies
- 5 Duties
- 6 Elections
- 7 Divisions
- 8 State budget
- 9 Compensation
- 10 History
- 11 Historical officeholders
- 12 Recent news
- 13 Contact information
- 14 See also
- 15 External links
- 16 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, United States Military Academy at West Point (1970) in economics
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.'
|2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
|Current Lt. Governors|
|Lt. Governor Elections|
|2014 • 2013 • 2012 • 2011 • 2010|
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. 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: 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.
|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.|
To view the electoral history dating back to 2002 for the office of Governor of Nebraska, Click [show] to expand the section.
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The budget for the Governor's office in Fiscal Year 2012-13 was $1,652,727.
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.
Partisan balance 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.
SQLI and partisanship
The chart below depicts the partisanship of the Nebraska state government and the state's SQLI ranking for the years studied. For the SQLI, the states were ranked from 1-50, with 1 being the best and 50 the worst. Because Nebraska has a non-partisan legislature, the state did not have any government trifectas during the years studied. From 1992-1998 it had a Democratic governor and from 1999-2013 it had a Republican governor. Nebraska finished high in SQLI rankings, finishing in the top-10 during both Democratic and Republican governorships. It dipped out of the top-10 from 1999-2004, but returned in 2005. Its highest ranking, finishing 2nd, occurred from 2011-2012.
There were 10 Governors of Nebraska Territory from 1854-1867.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1854-1867|
|2||Thomas B. Cuming||1854-1855|
|3||Mark W. Izard||1855-1857|
|4||Thomas B. Cuming||1857-1858|
|5||William A. Richardson||1858|
|6||J. Sterling Morton||1858-1859|
|7||Samuel W. Black||1859-1861|
|8||J. Sterling Morton||1861|
|9||Algernon S. Paddock||1861|
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.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1867-present|
|2||William H. James||1871-1873||Republican|
|3||Robert W. Furnas||1873-1875||Republican|
|6||James W. Dawes||1883-1887||Republican|
|7||John M. Thayer||1887-1891||Republican|
|8||James E. Boyd||1891||Democratic|
|9||John M. Thayer||1891-1892||Republican|
|10||James E. Boyd||1892-1893||Democratic|
|13||William A. Poynter||1899-1901||Democratic/Populist|
|14||Charles H. Dietrich||1901||Republican|
|15||Ezra P. Savage||1901-1903||Republican|
|16||John H. Mickey||1903-1907||Republican|
|17||George L. Sheldon||1907-1909||Republican|
|18||Ashton C. Shallenberger||1909-1911||Democratic|
|19||Chester H. Aldrich||1911-1913||Republican|
|20||John H. Morehead||1913-1917||Democratic|
|22||Samuel R. McKelvie||1919-1923||Republican|
|23||Charles W. Bryan||1923-1925||Democratic|
|25||Arthur J. Weaver||1929-1931||Republican|
|26||Charles W. Bryan||1931-1935||Democratic|
|27||Robert Leroy Cochran||1935-1941||Democratic|
|30||Robert B. Crosby||1953-1955||Republican|
|31||Victor E. Anderson||1955-1959||Republican|
|32||Ralph G. Brooks||1959-1960||Democratic|
|33||Dwight W. Burney||1960-196||Republican|
|34||Frank B. Morrison||1961-1967||Democratic|
|35||Norbert T. Tiemann||1967-1971||Republican|
|36||J. James Exon||1971-1979||Democratic|
|38||J. Robert Kerrey||1983-1987||Democratic|
|39||Kay A. Orr||1987-1991||Democratic|
|40||E. (Earl) Benjamin Nelson||1991-1999||Democratic|
|41||Mike Johanns||1999- 2005||Republican|
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Lincoln Office/State Capitol
Office of the Governor
P.O. Box 94848
Lincoln, NE 68509-4848
Office of the Governor
4500 Avenue I
P.O. Box 1500
Scottsbluff, NE 69363-1500
- Nebraska Governor Dave Heineman
- Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska
- Lieutenant Governor Rick Sheehy
- Nebraska Attorney General
- Nebraska Secretary of State
- Governor of Nebraska, " About the Governor," accessed August 7, 2013
- Justia US Law, "2006 Nebraska Code - § 32-506 — Governor and Lieutenant Governor; terms; qualifications; partisan ballot," accessed March 16, 2013
- Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau, "2011-2013 General Fund Appropriations Summary," accessed April 17, 2013
- Council of State Governments, "CSG Releases 2013 Governor Salaries," June 25, 2013
- NebraskAccess, "Who were the former Governors of Nebraska?" accessed July 31, 2013
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