Gov. Ricketts Names Former State Senator as Tax Commissioner
OMAHA – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts named former State Senator Tony Fulton as Tax Commissioner for the Nebraska Department of Revenue.
“Tony brings a wide variety of talents and experiences that will aid my administration in crafting a pro-business tax climate to grow our state,” said Governor Ricketts. “He’s been a successful entrepreneur, policymaker, and respected community leader, and each of these roles informs his approach.”
From 2007-2013, Fulton, 43, represented a Lincoln-based district in the Unicameral. As a state senator, he served as a member of the Appropriations Committee as well as represented the Legislature on the Nebraska Workforce Investment Board, Nebraska Homeland Security Policy Group, and the Nebraska Information Technology Commission. During his time in the Legislature, he voted for the largest tax relief package in the state’s history. He is the only engineer and only Asian-American to serve in the Unicameral.
Fulton is the founder and owner of Guardian Angels Homecare, Inc., a business that provides housekeeping, companionship, and healthcare services for seniors. His business has received the Integrity Award from the Better Business Bureau and Small Business of the Year from the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.
Fulton holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Nebraska. He also studied philosophy at Kansas Newman University in Wichita, Kansas as well as theology at Mount St. Mary’s University in Emmittsburg, Maryland. He has been named Business Advocate of the Year by the Lincoln Chamber of Commerce and has received the Free Enterprise Award from the Lincoln Independent Business Association.
Fulton is a member of the People’s City Mission Board of Directors where he served as President in 2012 and Foundation President in 2013. He sits on the Education Foundation Board for the Nebraska Society of Professional Engineers and is President of the Board of Directors for EC3 Academy, a non-profit preparing youth for college STEM courses. He is also a member of the community boards for CHI Health Nebraska Heart Institute & Heart Hospital and CHI Health St. Elizabeth Regional Medical Center.
“It is an honor to serve the people of Nebraska as tax commissioner,” said Tony Fulton. “I look forward to working with Governor Ricketts and his team to advocate for tax policy that encourages business to grow the good-paying jobs Nebraskans need.”
Fulton starts January 4, 2016 and his salary will be $160,000.