Former Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts Fills Empty Senate Seat Vacated By Ben Sasse

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 13:  U.S. Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) speaks while Supreme Court nominee Judge Amy Coney Barrett testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the second day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill on October 13, 2020 in Washington, DC. Barrett was nominated by President Donald Trump to fill the vacancy left by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg who passed away in September. (Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • Governor Pillen personally chose Ricketts to fill the vacated Senate seat, saying he took the process to replace Sasse “incredibly seriously” because the appointee needs to “represent the people” of Nebraska, NBC reported.
  • Pillen said the next senator must reflect “values and ideology important to Nebraskans,” believe in “less government and fiscal accountability,” and be a “person of incredible faith, God-fearing like almost all Nebraskans.”
  • “It’s clear the person for the job was Sen.-designate Pete Ricketts,” he said.

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