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Gov. Ricketts Seeks Applicants for Legislative District 1 and 49 Seats

Media Contacts:  

Taylor Gage, 402-471-1970

Eric Maher, 402-471-1974


LINCOLN – Today, Governor Pete Ricketts announced that he will seek qualified applicants to fill two legislative vacancies.  One is in Legislative District 1 where Senator Dan Watermeier was elected to the Public Service Commission.  The other is in Legislative District 49 where Senator John Murante was elected as State Treasurer.  Both Senators must submit their resignations before assuming their new office in January.


Applications for appointment to fill the vacancies in both legislative districts will be accepted immediately and until 4:00pm on Friday, December 7, 2018.  Applicants wishing to be considered for appointment must demonstrate that they have lived within the district for at least a full year, are registered to vote, and are at least 21 years old. 


Legislative District 1 includes Johnson, Nemaha, Pawnee, Richardson, and portions of Otoe County.  A map of the district can be found by clicking here.


Legislative District 49’s boundaries lie within Sarpy County.  A map of the district can be found by clicking here


The Governor reserves the right to seek out additional qualified candidates.


Both appointments are for two years.  The appointees will serve until January 2021.


Interested individuals may complete an application online at  The application can be found on the website under the Constituent Services tab.  Applicants may also include a cover letter, resume, and any additional background materials, which can be attached at the end of the online application.


Questions about the application process can be directed to Kathleen Dolezal with the Governor’s Office at 402-471-2256 or