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Rick Sheehy
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Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska
Previous officeholder
In office
January 24, 2005 - February 2, 2013
Term ends
Base salary$75,000
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 7, 2006
Appointed byGovernor Dave Heineman
Term limits2 consecutive terms
Prior offices
Mayor of Hastings, Nebraska
2000 - 2005
Hasting City Council
1994 - 2000
High schoolSt. Cecilia High School
Associate'sCentral Community College
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln
Place of birthOctober 3, 1959
Office website
Rick Sheehy (born October 3, 1959 in Hastings, Nebraska) is a Republican politician and former Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska. He was appointed by Gov. Dave Heineman on January 24, 2005, after Heineman took over as governor following Mike Johanns' appointment as United States Secretary of Agriculture in President George W. Bush's cabinet.

Sheehy was officially elected to the position in November 2006 and re-elected in the 2010 midterm election.[1]

On Feburuary 2, 2013, Sheehy resigned his post as lieutenant governor. His sudden departure came on the heels of an investigative report from the Omaha World-Herald that revealed Sheehy had abused his state-issued mobile phone privileges by making thousands of personal phone calls to women other than his wife over the past four years.[2] "I had trusted him and that trust was broken," Heinman explained at a press conference announcing Sheehy's resignation the morning of Feb. 2. Sheehy's wife, Connie, filed for divorce in July of 2012, citing “irretrievably broken” marriage.[3]

Heineman immediately began a search for a temporary replacement to serve as his lieutenant governor until the voters can choose a successor in the 2014 election.[4][5]


Sheehy is a native of Hastings, Nebraska. He served on the Hastings City Council from 1994-2000, serving as council president from 1996-2000.[6] In 2000 Sheehy, then a Democrat, was elected Mayor of Hastings, a non-partisan office. He became a Republican in August 2003, and was re-elected as Mayor in 2004. He was serving in his second term as mayor when he was appointed Lieutenant Governor. He was Heineman's running mate in 2006 and was elected to another term as Lieutenant Governor which will last until January 2011.

In 1982, Sheehy began work as an emergency medical technician for Rural Metro Ambulance in Hastings, Nebraska. He had been a market general manager with Rural Metro for 18 years when he was appointed Lieutenant Governor.[1]


  • St. Cecilia High School
  • Central Community College
  • University of Nebraska-Lincoln[1]

Political career

Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska (2005 - 2013)

Sheehy was appointed Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska on January 24, 2005. He and Governor of Nebraska Dave Heineman were elected to their first full term in 2006. They won re-election in 2010.[6]

Phone call scandal, resignation

Sheehy resigned from office on February 2, 2013 after an investigation into his state issued-cell phone records resulted in the discovery that he had made over 2,000 inappropriate calls to women over four years.[5] In his resignation letter to Heineman, Sheehy reportedly wrote, "It has been a privilege to serve you and the great people of our state."[3]

Mayor of Hastings, Nebraska (2000 - 2005)

Sheehy was first elected Mayor of Hasting in 2000. He won re-election in 2004.[6]

Hasting City Council (1994 - 2000)

Sheehy was first elected to the Hasting City Council in 1994. He remained there until 2000 when he successfully campaigned to be the city's mayor.[6]



See also: Nebraska gubernatorial election, 2014

In July 2011, Sheehy announced his intention to run for Governor of Nebraska in 2014.[7] Incumbent Gov. Dave Heineman will vacate his seat in 2014 due to term limits.[8] He had been considered the front-runner to succeed Heineman until an investigation by the Omaha World-Herald uncovered suspicious activity in Sheehy's cell-phone records, resulting in Sheehy's abrupt resignation. The scandal also caused a "betrayed" Heineman to withdraw his support for his former second-in-command's 2014 gubernatorial campaign.[4][9]
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