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Lavon Heidemann
Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska
In office
February 13, 2013 – present
Term ends
Years in position 2
PredecessorRick Sheehy (R)
Base salary$75,000
Elections and appointments
Appointed byGov. Dave Heineman (R)
Campaign $$244,381
Term limitsN/A
Prior offices
Nebraska State Senate District 1
2005 - 2013
High schoolElk Creek High School, 1977
Date of birthOctober 24, 1958
Place of birthPawnee City, NE
Office website
Lavon Heidemann (b. October 24, 1958) is the current Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska. He was appointed by Gov. Dave Heineman (R) on February 13, 2013, to fill office left vacant by former Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy's resignation.[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.


Heidemann is a farmer from Pawnee City in Pawnee County, Nebraska. 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.[2]

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 began his political experience as a member of the Elk Creek Board of Education in 1996.

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.


Heidemann earned his diploma from Elk Creek High School in 1977 and attended the Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership in 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.[3]

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.[4]



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.[5]


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.[6]

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.[7]

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.[8]

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