Gov. Dave Heineman says he will work closely with Gov.-elect Pete Ricketts as the incoming governor chooses a candidate to replace Sen. Charlie Janssen, who was elected state Auditor.
Janssen represents the 15th State Legislative District in the Fremont area. Auditor-elect Janssen is expected to resign his state Senate seat after the Thanksgiving holiday.
Applications will be submitted to Gov. Heineman. Gov.-elect Ricketts will review the applicants and select the next senator. Heineman will make the official appointment, based on Ricketts’ selection.
The Governor’s Office will accept applications through noon Central Time Wednesday, November 26th. Applicants must have lived in the district, which encompasses Dodge County, for at least a year. A detailed map of the district and its boundaries is available on the Nebraska Legislature’s website: nebraskalegislature.gov. The Governor-elect may also choose to seek out additional qualified candidates.
The candidate appointed will serve out the remainder of Janssen’s term, which will come up for election in November of 2016. The candidate appointed would only be allowed to run for re-election once under the state term limit laws.
Those interested can apply online at governor.nebraska.gov, under the “Contact Us” tab. A cover letter, resume and additional materials may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to the Governor’s Office, at P.O. Box 94848, Lincoln, Nebraska 68509. Questions may be directed to Kathleen Dolezal with the Governor’s Office at (402) 471-1971.
Two other legislative vacancies will not be filled, according to the governor’s office. State Sen. Scott Lautenbaugh of Legislative District 18 in Omaha recently resigned and former state Sen. John Nelson resigned his Legislative District 6 seat in Omaha in September to become Gov. Heineman’s Lt. Governor. The seats will remain vacant until those elected on the 4th, Brett Lindstrom in District 18 and Joni Craighead in District 6 are sworn-in on January 7th.