Pete Ricketts sworn in as Governor

 Posted By: Camila Orti


For the first time in a decade, Nebraska has a new governor.

One by one, newly elected state officials were greeted by lawmakers as they made their way through the legislative chamber for this year’s inaugural ceremony, but it’s no mystery who the star of the show was. Pete Ricketts took his oath of office in front of the packed chamber alongside his wife, Susanne, becoming Nebraska’s 40th governor.

“I’m just so excited to be able to have this honor and I’m looking forward to getting to work,” Gov. Ricketts said after the ceremony.

Also taking the oath, new Lt. Gov. Mike Foley as well as a new attorney general and state auditor.

In his inaugural address, Ricketts said the economy, reducing business regulation and improving education are his top priorities, but number one is lowering taxes.

“Nebraskans from Alliance to Syracuse have expressed their strong interest in a pathway to property tax relief and that would be my number one priority this session,” Ricketts said.

The Governor also said continued success in the state will depend on cooperation, and becoming familiar with those people he shook hands with on Thursday.

“My job is to establish relationships with each and every one of those senators,” Ricketts said.

The Governor might be fresh but he’s already been hard at work. With the help of an outside agency, he says he’s been conducting a national search to find a new director for the Department of Corrections.

Ricketts is taking over for Dave Heineman, who is the longest-serving governor in the state’s history. Heineman took office in 2005.