I'm running for Governor to create good jobs and genuine opportunity for every Nebraskan in every community -- and I'm especially focused on Nebraska's students.
Education has been an important part of my life. My parents were farm kids in northeast Nebraska during the Great Depression and didn't even have the chance to finish high school, but they made sure that I, and my other siblings, had the opportunity to attend college. I attended Platte Community College and was proud to graduate from the University of Nebraska in Lincoln, where my wife also went, and where my two sons are students now.
I spent 18 years as a Regent for the University of Nebraska, where I worked hard to strengthen the University. When I was first elected to the Board in 1994, there was not a dollar in the University's budget for need-based tuition assistance for students from modest income families. By the time I left the Board in 2012, there was $11 million set aside for those students -- that was one of my proudest moments and biggest victories.
All people in Nebraska deserve a fair shot to better their lives -- whether that is through a two or four year degree or much needed skills and technical training. As Governor, I'll continue to focus on bettering the education of our young people through the expansion of quality early childhood education and job training programs.
Your support, and the support of other students across the state, is crucial to my success on Election Day. I hope you'll join my campaign by signing up on the form below.