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Gov. Ricketts’ Statement on Passing of Congressman Bill Barrett

Contact: Taylor Gage, 402-471-1970       


LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts issued a statement following news that former U.S. Congressman Bill Barrett of Lexington had passed away.


“Susanne and I are deeply saddened by Congressman Barrett’s passing.  I first met him when I was traveling the state about 10 years ago, and he was eager to offer his insights and guidance.  He built a reputation as a legislator who put Nebraska first during his service to our state in the Unicameral and in the U.S. Congress.  With his passing, Nebraska has lost a statesman, and I have lost a friend and an advisor.  We will lift up Elsie and the entire Barrett family in our prayers during this time of mourning.”


Barrett served Nebraska’s Third Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives from 1991-2001.  From 1979-1991, he was a member of the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature where he also served as Speaker of the Legislature.