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Media Release: Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation PAC Endorses Ricketts

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For Immediate Release:
June 23, 2014

NEBRASKA FARM BUREAU FEDERATION PAC ENDORSES RICKETTS

Scottsbluff, NE – The Nebraska Farm Bureau Federation’s Political Action Committee today announced its support for Nebraska Republican Gubernatorial Nominee Pete Ricketts with its “Friend of Agriculture” endorsement.

“Pete has been successful in business because he understands when opportunities exist,” said Steve Nelson, president of Nebraska Farm Bureau.  “There is a world of opportunity to grow Nebraska’s agriculture economy in a way that will keep younger generations coming back to the farm. That means creating a climate that encourages growth in our livestock farming sector and growth in biofuel businesses; and working to build markets for agriculture commodities. Pete Ricketts understands those opportunities and he’ll move our state in the right direction in those areas.”

“I am very pleased to have the support of the Nebraska Farm Bureau,” Ricketts said.  “Agriculture is the heart and soul of Nebraska and its continued success is crucial to our future.  From achieving real property tax reform to increasing market opportunities and helping beginning farmers, I am eager to get to work on state policies that help promote new farm and ranch income and enhance rural development.  There’s no better way to move our entire state forward than by growing agricultural opportunities.”

Founded in 1917, the Nebraska Farm Bureau is the largest farm and ranch organization in Nebraska. More than 56,000 families across Nebraska are Farm Bureau members.  Last week, Ricketts received official support from the Nebraska Cattlemen Association, the state’s largest livestock production organization.

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Media Release: Nebraska Cattlemen Association Supports Ricketts

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For Immediate Release: June 16, 2014                                                       

NEBRASKA CATTLEMEN ASSOCIATION SUPPORTS RICKETTS

Lincoln, NE – The Nebraska Cattlemen Association today announced its support for Pete Ricketts’ campaign for governor.

“I am honored to have the support of the Nebraska Cattlemen Association,” Ricketts said.  “Nebraska’s cattle producers are the best in the country.  One of my top priorities will be to help promote value-added ag opportunities that lead to economic growth throughout the state.  Continued strength and innovation in the beef industry will be critical.  I am very excited about the future of agriculture in Nebraska, and I look forward to working with livestock producers across the state.”

“The Nebraska Cattlemen Political Action Committee unanimously voted to support Pete Ricketts campaign to be Nebraska’s 40th Governor,” said Jeff Rudolph, president of Nebraska Cattlemen.  “Pete is a staunch supporter of the Nebraska beef community and we look forward to working with him to continue strong leadership for all of Nebraska agriculture.”

The Nebraska Cattlemen Association is the largest livestock production organization in the state.

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Laurel Advocate: Ricketts brings his Gubernatorial campaign to Laurel Biocomposite

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February 20, 2014

LAUREL — Growing the state of Nebraska is Pete Ricketts’ vision and goal, the Republican Gubernatorial candidate said during a campaign stop here.

“The vision I have for Nebraska is around controlling the growth of the state government so we can cut taxes and therefore create a virtuous cycle, where by being more competitive on taxes, we can help companies expand here, create more and better paying jobs and therefore grow the state, broaden the tax base and then be able to keep taxes low.”

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RICKETTS ANNOUNCES AGRICULTURE ADVISORY COMMITTEE

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For Immediate Release: February 10, 2014

RICKETTS ANNOUNCES AGRICULTURE ADVISORY COMMITTEE 

Pledges to work with Nebraskans to move the rural economy forward with new, innovative ideas

Lincoln, NE – Today, Pete Ricketts announced the formation of his Agriculture Advisory Committee, which will advise his gubernatorial campaign on the challenges facing Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers. Leaders from across the state who have agreed to advise Ricketts on ag policy recently held meetings in Lincoln and Kearney to discuss policy priorities to move rural Nebraska forward.

The advisory committee represents diverse interests across agriculture including representatives from corn, soybean, wheat, beef, pork, dairy, and other associations. Members include Mark Jagels of Davenport, Paul Kenney of Kearney, Steve Wellman of Syracuse, Jon Holzfaster of Paxton, Jaclyn Wilson-Demel of Lakeside, Pete Lapaseotes and Nick Lapaseotes of Bridgeport, Dan Hughes of Venango, Mike Jacobson of North Platte, Mike Henn of Battle Creek, Scott Spilker of Beatrice, John Widdowson of Lodgepole, Alan Tiemann of Seward, John Kuehn of Heartwell, and Greg Olson of Alliance. Complete bio information is included below.

“The future of agriculture in Nebraska depends on strong leadership at the head of state government,” said Mark Jagels. “I look forward to working with Pete throughout his campaign to the lay the policy groundwork for a bold agenda to move agriculture forward in our state.”

Jagels has been a member of the Nebraska Corn Board since 1999. He currently represents District 2, which is composed of Fillmore, Thayer, Clay, Nuckolls, Adams, Webster, and Franklin Counties. In November, he was elected chairman of the U.S. Meat Export Federation.

“Pete has assembled an impressive committee of leaders from across Nebraska that represent every major agriculture interest in our state to help build a vision for ag policy,” said Jon Holzfaster.  “His private-sector experience will provide the leadership our state needs to keep Nebraska agriculture competitive nationally and globally.”

Holzfaster is a member of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Board of Directors where he also serves on NCGA’s CornPAC. Holzfaster represents District 8, which includes 29 counties in Western Nebraska, on the Nebraska Corn Board. Her served as chairman of the board from 2007 to 2009.

Upon making this announcement, Pete Ricketts issued the following statement:

It is a distinct honor to receive the advice and support of so many of our state’s leaders in agriculture who have agreed to serve on my Agriculture Advisory Committee. Our state’s economy is rooted in the farms, ranches and small towns from the Missouri River to the Pine Ridge. The strength of our economy depends on the leadership of these men and women, and others just like them in communities across our state. 

As Nebraska’s Governor I promise to be an unwavering advocate for agriculture and the rural economy – from trade to water issues and regulation to taxes. Our future is tied to protecting and growing agriculture, and in particular value-added agriculture. With the advice of this advisory committee, and Nebraskans across our great state, I will seek new, innovative ways to expand and improve our rural economy.

Born in Nebraska City and raised in Omaha, Pete is the son of an entrepreneur and a public school teacher.  Pete and his wife Susanne have been married for 16 years and live in Omaha with their three children, high school freshmen Roscoe and Margot and 7th grader Eleanor.

After graduating from Omaha Westside High School and the University of Chicago, Pete returned to Omaha and worked for Union Pacific before working as a customer services representative in his family’s business, a company that would eventually become known as TD Ameritrade. He went on to hold leadership roles in the company including Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Senior Vice President of Product Development, Senior Vice President of Marketing, President, and Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Pete is the founder of Drakon, LLC that supports local entrepreneurs and startup companies.

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York News-Times: Gubernatorial candidate visits York

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By Melanie Wilkinson – January 30, 2014

Why would Pete Ricketts decide to run for governor?

“Because I love Nebraska,” Ricketts said during a visit to York this week. “This is a great state. We still live the American dream here and I want to continue what Governor Heineman has started. Living the American dream doesn’t happen by accident and that’s what we have to continue.”

The Omaha businessman, who has raised nearly $1.4 million in his campaign, is competing in a six-way GOP primary to replace Gov. Heineman, who is ineligible to run because of term limits.

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Gothenburg Times: Ricketts says his edge is business experience

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By Austin Benson – January 30, 2014

“One of our greatest strengths about proposing people to bring their jobs here is that a Nebraskan will be well educated, have a great work ethic and be loyal to the company,” Ricketts said.

Issues like property taxes and a sustainable vision for handling water throughout the state also have to be addressed, he said.

He added that only the governor can bring people together to craft that policy, not people in the government from out of the state.

“Nebraska knows what is best for Nebraska. Not someone is Washington D.C.,” Ricketts said.

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KNOP Lunch With Pete Ricketts

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By GinaLisa Tamayo – January 6, 2014

About a dozen folks sat down for lunch on Monday with Pete Ricketts.

The campaigning Republican says there are three major issues concerning folks.

It’s not only the people in Thedford who are concerned – but people across the state who have questions about education, job creation, and agriculture.

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Lincoln Journal-Star: Pete Ricketts, westward ho!

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By Don Walton – December 15, 2013

Pete Ricketts of Omaha was in Lincoln early one morning last week, but only for a cup of coffee at Starbucks before he headed west to Broken Bow.

Out there west of Lincoln in the Sandhills and the Platte Valley and the Panhandle, in the rural farming and ranching areas, in the small towns and mid-sized communities, lies the key to victory for statewide Republican primary candidates.

Ricketts knows it and he’s been centering on farm gatherings, touring manufacturing plants in a variety of communities, gathering a wide range of ag representatives together to serve on his agriculture advisory committee, scooping up the endorsement of former Congressman Bill Barrett of Lexington.

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FORMER THIRD DISTRICT U.S. CONGRESSMAN BILL BARRETT ENDORSES PETE RICKETTS FOR GOVERNOR

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For Immediate Release: December 5, 2013

FORMER THIRD DISTRICT U.S. CONGRESSMAN BILL BARRETT ENDORSES PETE RICKETTS FOR GOVERNOR 

Barrett praises Ricketts’ business experience as an asset to the future of Nebraska agriculture. 

Kearney, NE – Former Third District U.S. Congressman Bill Barrett of Lexington announced his endorsement of Pete Ricketts for Governor of Nebraska at a Thursday morning press conference on the campus of the University of Nebraska in Kearney.

“I am proud to give Pete Ricketts my endorsement in the race for Governor of Nebraska,” stated former Congressman Bill Barrett. “Pete understands the future of our rural communities and the economic well-being of our state is inextricably tied to the continued success of agriculture. He is a man of integrity and faith who shares our conservative values. As governor, Pete Ricketts will put his business experience to work for Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers by holding the line on taxes and regulations. Our state’s brightest days are ahead of us. With Pete’s experience and leadership at work in state government, we can work together to preserve the American Dream for the next generation of Nebraskans.”

Barrett served the Third District of Nebraska in Congress from 1991-2001. From 1979-1991, Barrett served the Thirty-Ninth Legislative District in the Nebraska Unicameral, and also served as Speaker of the Legislature from 1987-1991.

“Susanne and I are extremely grateful for Congressman Barrett’s endorsement of our campaign,” said Pete Ricketts upon announcement of the endorsement in Kearney. “During his tenure in Congress, Republicans passed welfare reform and major tax cuts which put our country’s fiscal house in order. Nebraska’s next Governor needs to look for additional opportunities to ease the tax burden on Nebraska’s hardworking families, and ensure that our state government manages taxpayer dollars wisely.”

Businessman and former Nebraska Republican Party national committeeman Pete Ricketts officially announced his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Nebraska Governor on September 8, 2013.

Born in Nebraska City and raised in Omaha, Pete is the son of an entrepreneur and a public school teacher.  Pete and his wife Susanne have been married for 16 years and live in Omaha with their three children, high school freshmen Roscoe and Margot and 7th grader Eleanor.

After graduating from Omaha Westside High School and the University of Chicago, Pete returned to Omaha and worked for Union Pacific before working as a customer services representative in his family’s business, a company that would eventually become known as TD Ameritrade. He went on to hold leadership roles in the company including Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Senior Vice President of Product Development, Senior Vice President of Marketing, President, and Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Pete is the founder of Drakon, LLC that supports local entrepreneurs and startup companies. He also serves on the TD Ameritrade Board of Directors and on the Board of Directors for the Chicago Cubs baseball team.

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Kearney Hub: Barrett endorses Ricketts for governor

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By Hub Staff – December 5, 2013

KEARNEY — Former 3rd District U.S. Congressman Bill Barrett of Lexington has endorsed Republican Pete Ricketts of Omaha for governor. Barrett was scheduled to announce his support today at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

“Pete understands the future of our rural communities and the economic well-being of our state is inextricably tied to the continued success of agriculture,” Barrett said. He represented Nebraska in the House from 1991-2001 and served in the Nebraska Legislature from 1979-1991, including his final four years as speaker.

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