John A. Gale

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John A. Gale
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Nebraska Secretary of State
Incumbent
In office
2002-Present
Term ends
2014
Years in position 12
PartyRepublican
Websites
Office website
John A. Gale (born October 23, 1940, in Omaha, Nebraska) is the current Republican Nebraska Secretary of State. He was first elected to the statewide governmental position in 2002 and was subsequently re-elected in 2006. In October 2009, Gale announced he would seek a third term in office as Secretary of State. [1]

Education

  • Graduated from Omaha North High School (1958)
  • Bachelor's degree, Carleton College (1962) in government and international relations
  • Juris Doctorate degree, University of Chicago Law School (1965)

Professional experience

After graduating from law school, John Gale served as Legislative assistant to United States Senator Roman Hruska in Washington D.C. in 1968. He returned to Nebraska in 1970, taking on the role of Assistant United State Attorney in the state for a year. Gale then moved to North Platte in 1971 and started his own law practice, operating it for twenty-nine years until December 2000 when he was appointed by Governor Mike Johanns to fill a vacancy created with the resignation of Scott Moore.

Petitions in Nebraska

In 2011, Judge Joseph Bataillon rulled against Gale's presented arguments in the case of Citizens in Charge v. Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale. The case followed a time in which a debate erupted about petitions urging people to recall Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle. Some in the debate said it was too easy to get all the signatures needed and others said it was too hard.

The Nebraska law that deals with citizen-based ballot issues ranging form recalls to referendums and Judge Bataillon ruled that people from other states can now come into Nebraska and circulate petitions.[2]

Other roles

  • State Chair, Nebraska State Republican Party (1986)
  • Boy Scouts of America
  • Board Member, Cornhusker Boys State
  • Great Plains Regional Medical Center
  • Board Member, NEBRASKAland Foundation
  • Member, Sunrise Chamber of Commerce
  • Member, Sunrise Rotary Club
  • Member, United Way

Campaign contributions

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Elections

2002

  • 2002 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary
    • John Gale ran unopposed in this contest
2002 Race for Secretary of State - General Election [4]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda John A. Gale 62.1%
     Democratic Party Jay C. Stoddard 29.7%
     Independent Joseph A. Rosberg 6.2%
     Libertarian Party Tudor Lewis 2.0%
Total Votes 441,934

2006

  • 2006 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary
    • John Gale ran unopposed in this contest
2006 Race for Secretary of State - General Election [5]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda John A. Gale 61.3%
     Democratic Party Jay C. Stoddard 33.6%
     Green Party Doug Paterson 1.8%
Total Votes 549,860

2010

See also: Nebraska Secretary of State election, 2010
  • 2010 Race for Secretary of State - Republican Primary
    • John Gale ran unopposed in this contest
Gale for Secretary of State Campaign logo
2010 Race for Secretary of State - General Election [6]
Party Candidate Vote Percentage
     Republican Party Approveda John A. Gale 69.8%
     Democratic Party Janet Stewart 30.2%
Total Votes 467,995

Personal

John Gale currently resides in North Platte, Nebraska with his wife, Carol. They have three children together - David, Elaine, and Steve.

Contact Information

Capitol Address:
Nebraska

Nebraska Secretary of State
P.O. Box 94608
Lincoln, NE 68509-4608

Phone: (402) 471-2554
Fax: (402) 471-3237
E-mail: secretaryofstate@sos.ne.gov

External links

References


Political offices
Preceded by
Scott Moore
Nebraska Secretary of State
2000–present
Succeeded by
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