The man chosen to represent District 33 was sworn into the Nebraska Legislature over the weekend.
On Saturday, Governor Dave Heineman announced his appointment of Les Seiler to serve as state senator.
Seiler is being appointed to fill the seat left vacant with the death from a lung disease last month of Senator Dennis Utter of Hastings.
Governor Heineman said in the weeks leading up to his decision, the choice became clear, based on a number of recommendations.
Speaker Mike Flood of Norfolk said many people that met Seiler’s father still speak highly of his character.
Seiler was born in Red Cloud and raised in Madison, Nebraska, where his father, Harold, served 20 years as a county commissioner.
Seiler’s first word as a senator was “Wow.” He says he’s eager to get to work.
Seiler says he intends to go out in his district and speak but he adds, he’s more interested in listening than speaking. He says he wants to know what people’s problems are and how legislators may be able to come up with solutions.
District 33 encompasses all of Adams County, and after the redistricting last legislative session, the district also includes the villages Cario and Doniphan.
Tyson Havranek, KHAS, Hastings