Dave Heineman

David Heineman ( born May 12, 1948 in Falls City, Nebraska ) is an American politician ( Republican) and since 2005 the Governor of the State of Nebraska. Since 2011 he leads as the successor to Christine Gregoire to chair the National Governors Association.

Early years and political rise

Heineman attended after elementary school, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, which he successfully completed in 1970. He then served five years as an officer in the U.S. Army, where he rose to the Captain.

As a member of the Republican Party, he was on the staff of Congressman Hal Daub. Between 1990 and 1994 he was a member of the city council of Fremont; 1994 to 2001 he was Minister of Finance ( Treasurer ) of Nebraska. In 2001 he became vice governor of the state under Governor Mike Johanns.

Governor of Nebraska

After Johann ' Appointment as Agriculture Minister in the cabinet of U.S. President George W. Bush Dave Heineman took over the governorship in January 2005. On November 7, 2006 he was confirmed for the first time by the voters of Nebraska, where he won against the Democrats David Hahn with 73.4 percent of the vote. Previously, he had prevailed in the Republican primary against Congressman Tom Osborne. Its four main issues in the campaign were: education, economic development, efficient government and the protection of families. In November 2010, the second time he succeeded in re-election: This time, he sat down by a vote share of 74.3 percent vs. Mike Masters. His lieutenant governor since 2005 Rick Sheehy.

Dave Heineman is married to Sally Ganem. Together they have a son.