Gov. Pete Ricketts has chosen Elmwood banker Robert Clements to fill the legislative seat left vacant by the resignation of Sen. Bill Kintner of Papillion.
Ricketts introduced Clements during a swearing in ceremony held in the Governor’s Hearing Room at the Capitol.
Clements is a banker and an actuary at American Exchange Bank, where he serves as Executive Vice President.
Clements said his experience could prove useful during a legislative session devoted to filling a $900 million hole in the state budget.
“I know the state is facing difficult budget decisions, but I believe my background and experience will be of services during this process,” Clements stated.
Clements replaces Kintner, who left the Unicameral under pressure by fellow lawmakers. Kintner used a state-owned laptop computer to engage in cybersex and retweeted an offensive tweet about the Women’s March in Washington.
In choosing Clements, Ricketts by-passed 35 people who had submitted applications to his office.
“Not only did we have the application deadline, but again we asked staff to go out and look at who else might be interested, networked throughout the district and the communities there to be able to find other candidates who maybe didn’t think about applying or didn’t put in their application or whatever,” Ricketts told reporters. “So, we broadened it out to make sure we could get the best opportunity to find the right person and that’s the way we found Sen. Clements.”
Chief Justice Michael Heavican administered the oath of office. Clements begins serving immediately.
Clements is 66. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he majored in mathematics and minored in economics and actuarial science.
AUDIO: Swearing-in ceremony of Robert Clements. [5 min.]