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Lavon Heidemann
Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska
In office
February 13, 2013 – present
Term ends
January 1, 2015
Years in position 2
PredecessorRick Sheehy (R)
Base salary$75,000
Elections and appointments
AppointedFebruary 13, 2013
Appointed byGov. Dave Heineman (R)
Campaign $$244,381
Term limitsTwo consecutive terms
Prior offices
Nebraska State Senate District 1
2005 - 2013
High schoolElk Creek High School (1977)
OtherBowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership (2006)
Date of birthOctober 24, 1958
Place of birthPawnee City, Nebraska
ProfessionForeman, dairy farmer
Office website
Lavon Heidemann (b. October 24, 1958, in Pawnee, Nebraska) is the current Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska. He was appointed by Gov. Dave Heineman (R) on February 13, 2013, to fill the office left vacant by former Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy's resignation.[1] Upon announcing his decision to appoint Heidemann to serve out the remainder of Sheehy's unexpired term as lt. governor, Gov. Heineman said "This is a man I respect. I know him very, very well. I knew I could count on him to give me the best advice on a wide variety of issues."[1]

Heidemann is a former member of the Nebraska Unicameral, representing District 1 from 2005 to 2013. He served as Executive Board nonvoting member ex officio. During his tenure as a legislator, he carved out a reputation for being able to provide solid leadership under pressure as head of the budget-writing Appropriations Committee. Heidemann was unable to run for re-election due to term limits. After leaving office, he remained in public service as a member of the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.

Before entering politics in 1996 as a member of the Elk Creek Board of Education, Heidemann had accumulated nearly two decades of professional experience as a foreman and dairy farmer.[2]

Heidemann's appointment is set to end on January 1, 2015. Per the terms of his appointment, he is not allowed to seek election to the governor's seat in 2014,[3] which will be opened because Heineman has reached his term limit.


Heidemann is a farmer from Pawnee City in Pawnee County, Nebraska.

Heidemann earned his diploma from Elk Creek High School in 1977 and attended the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership in 2006.

Prior to his election to the Nebraska Legislature, Heidemann was a member of the Elk Creek School Board. Formerly, he worked as a drilling foreman in Alaska.[4]

Heidemann was a drilling foreman for Longyear Drilling Corporation from 1978 to 1982 and a general foreman for Christensen Boyles Corporation from 1982 to 1995. Heidemann also has professional experience as a dairy farmer.

Heidemann is currently involved with a number of organizations, including the Fire District Board, Midwest Council of State Governments, Elk Creek Young Men's Club, Agriculture Builders of Nebraska, Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership, Fire district board, Nebraska Boundary Commission, Nebraska Cattlemen, Pawnee County Farm Bureau, Saint Peter's Lutheran Church, and the Southeast Nebraska Feeders and Breeders.


  • Elk Creek High School (1977)
  • Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership (2006)

Political career

Nebraska Lieutenant Governor (2013-present)

Heidemann has served as Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska since February 13, 2013. He was appointed to fill the vacancy left when Rick Sheehy resigned.[5]

Trade mission

Heidemann has led the push for exports of Nebraskan products to Asia. On September 6, 2013, during his overseas trip consisting of meetings with several different Asian companies, Heidemann secured an agreement from Taiwan for the purchase of up to $472 million of grain over the next two years. This agreement is similar to two previous arrangements between Taiwan and Nebraska over the last 6 years.[6]

Nebraska State Senate (2005-2013)

Heidemann represented District 1 in the Nebraska State Senate from 2005 until 2013. He was unable to run for re-election due to term limits.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Heidemann served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Heidemann served on these committees:


On September 21, 2011, Senator Deb Fischer announced that Heidemann was one of thirteen State Senators in the Nebraska Unicameral to endorse her candidacy for the U.S. Senate.[7]



See also: Nebraska gubernatorial and lieutenant gubernatorial election, 2014

When he was appointed as lieutenant governor in 2013 Heidemann agreed to the stipulation that he would not seek election as governor in 2014.[8] In July 2013, Heidemann was mentioned as a possible candidate for governor, but he reiterated he would not run as it would violate the promise he made upon taking office.[9][10]


Heidemann was appointed as lieutenant Governor of Nebraska by Gov. Dave Heineman on February 13, 2013. Gov. Heineman stated, "This is a man I respect. I know him very, very well. I knew I could count on him to give me the best advice on a wide variety of issues."[1]


On November 4, 2008, Heidemann won re-election to the 1st District Seat in the Nebraska Senate, defeating Jerry Joy.[11]

Nebraska State Senate, District 1 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Lavon Heidemann 9,303
Jerry Joy 5,838

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Heidemann is available dating back to 2004. Based on available campaign finance records, Heidemann raised a total of $244,381 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[12]

Lavon Heidemann's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 NE Board of Regents Won $90,532
2010 NE State Senate Not up for election $27,413
2008 NE State Senate Won $83,961
2006 NE State Senate Not up for election $10,104
2004 NE State Senate Won $32,371
Grand Total Raised $244,381


In 2008, Heidemann collected $83,916 in donations.[13]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Lavon Heidemann $3,000
Nebraska Bankers Association $3,000
Nebraska Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors $2,500
Nebraska Chamber Of Commerce and Industry $2,035
Nebraska Realtors Association $2,000

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Lavon Heidemann was born in Pawnee City, Nebraska on October 24, 1958 and raised in Elk Creek, Nebraska. He is currently married to Robin Heidemann with three children and is known to be Lutheran.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Nebraska State Senate District 1
Succeeded by
Dan Watermeier
Preceded by
Rick Sheehy (R)
Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska
Succeeded by