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Governor tabs Lavon Heidemann as Sheehy's replacement

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By: Bill Schammert

Eleven days after the scandalous resignation of former Lt. Governor Rick Sheehy, Gov.. Dave Heineman has found his replacement.  It'll be the team of Heineman and Heidemann to lead the state of Nebraska.

"I was looking for the best Nebraskan possible," the governor said Wednesday afternoon.

Gov.. Heineman has selected former state senator Lavon Heidemann as the state's new second in command.

Heidemann was recently elected to the Nebraska Board of Regents, but resigned Wednesday for this new opportunity.

"I love what we do in this state.  I love this state," Lt. Gov.. Heidemann said. "And if I can make a small difference in making this state just a little bit better, then that's what drew me to this job."

He says he will not seek the governor's seat in 2014, something Gov.. Heineman said he was looking for.

The Elk Creek native is a farmer, volunteer firefighter and served as District One Senator from 2005 until 2013.

In that time, he spent six years as the chair of the Appropriations Committee.

"I have worked with the governor for the last eight years balancing budgets through some of the most difficult times and I look forward to continuing to work with him in that role."

Former Lt. Gov.. Rick Sheehy resigned February 2nd amid allegations he used a government issued cell phone to make thousands of personal calls to multiple women.

But Gov. Heineman is confident in his selection.

"Lavon Heidemann is someone that I am very comfortable with, and I know he has the best interest of this state at heart," the governor said.

Among other duties, Lt. Gov. Heidemann will preside over the Nebraska Legislature and serve as the state's Director of Homeland Security.

Gov. Heineman must now select a new Board of Regents member.  He says he'll begin accepting applications within the next couple weeks.

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