Gov. Pete Ricketts has chosen a small business owner in Omaha to fill the legislative seat vacated by Sen. Joni Craighead of Omaha.
Ricketts selected Theresa Thibodeau to fill the vacancy. Thibodeau operates a preschool in La Vista.
Craighead earlier announced she would run for re-election, then reversed course and decided to leave for “family and business reasons.” Craighead sells real estate.
Thibodeau has been sworn in by Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Mike Heavican.
“Theresa’s background in education and business, along with her tremendous leadership skills, will serve the people of District 6 well in the Unicameral,” Gov. Ricketts stated. “She has demonstrated a great commitment to the communities in the Omaha area and will be an exceptional representative for the families and priorities of the district. I look forward to working with her to help strengthen our communities to grow Nebraska.”
Thibodeau is the Vice Chair for the City of Omaha Personnel Board, Vice Chair of the La Vista Community Foundation, board member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Midlands, and member of both the Sarpy County and Greater Omaha chambers of commerce.