WATCH: Gov. Ricketts, former Gov. Heineman endorse Mike Flood for Congress

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – In a press conference this morning, Gov. Pete Ricketts and former Gov. Dave Heineman endorsed Congress Candidate Mike Flood.

Flood is a member of the Nebraska State Senate representing District 19, and is running to represent the first congressional district in the United States Congress.  Previously, Flood was the speaker of the state Senate from 2007 to 2013.

Flood was born in Omaha, Nebraska. and graduated from Norfolk Catholic High School in 1993.  He earned a B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1997 and a J.D. from the University of Nebraska in 2001. Flood’s career experience includes working as a broadcaster and attorney.

“In modern political times in Nebraska, Jeff Fortenberry is the only Nebraska Congressman that has ever been indicted on felony criminal charges… Therefore I’m supporting and endorsing Mike Flood for Congress,” said former Gov. Heineman.

Gov. Heineman and Flood worked together over the course of 6 years to pass two of the largest tax relief packages in the history of the state at the time.  As a result, Nebraska went from the 45th highest tax state to the 29th.

Gov. Ricketts and Gov. Heineman both note their endorsement of Flood is aided in his previous work in pro-life legislature.

Flood is in the running for the first congressional district against Congressman Fortenberry, Curtis D. Huffman, and Thireena Yuki Connely.  All candidates for the first congressional district are republican.

Fortenberry released a statement on Rickett’s and Heineman’s endorsement:

“Today’s announcement is particularly disappointing because I have counted these people as friends and you hope you can rely on your friends to stand by you when you face adversity like a false and unjust accusation. However, I’ve been very happy to receive endorsements for my re-election from business, community and political leaders across the First District. The voters will pass their own judgement on the character of the candidates in this race and I will spend this year talking with them about the accomplishments, leadership and conservative values that make me the best person to earn their vote and represent them in Congress.”

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