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E. Benjamin 'Ben' Nelson
Wife: Diane; 4 Children: Kevin, Kristy, Patrick, Sara
JD, University of Nebraska, 1970
MA, Philosophy, University of Nebraska, 1965
BA, Philosophy, University of Nebraska, 1963
Senator, United States Senate, 2000-2012
Governor, State of Nebraska, 1990-1998
Democratic Nominee, United States Senate, 1996
Campaign Manager, Democratic Presidential Candidates, 1976, 1980
Co-Chair, Senate Air Force Caucus, 2007
Co-chair, Congressional Sportsman's Caucus, 2005-2006
Co-Chair, High Tech Working Group, 2005-2006
Co-vice-Chair, Senate Centrist Coalition, 2005
Member, Space Power Caucus, 2004
United States- Russian Federation Parliamentary Council, 2004
Partner, Kaufman, Nelson, and Patlee, 1999-present
Attorney, Lamson, Dugan, and Murray, Omaha, Nebraska, 1999-present
Attorney, Kennedy, Holland, DeLacy, and Swoboda, 1985-1990
Chief of Staff/Executive Vice President, National Association of Insurance Commissioners, 1982-1985
Chief Executive Officer, Central Nebraska Insurance Group, 1972-1981
Director, Nebraska Department of Insurance, 1975-1976
Religious, Civic, and other Memberships
Co-Chair, Ethanol Across America, 2004-present
Member, American Bar Association
Board Member, Boy Scouts of America Mid America Council
Eagle Scout, Boys Scouts of America
Trustee, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee
Founder, National Drought Mitigation Center
Board Member, Nebraska Community Foundation
Nebraska State Bar Association
Member, Omaha Bar Association
Member, Rockbrook United Methodist Church
Member, Senate New Democrat Coalition
Board Member, Teammates of Nebraska
Board Chair, The Nelson Institute
Co-Chair, United States-Russian Federation Parliamentary Council, 2004
Chair, Western Governor's Association, 1996
President, Council of State Governments, 1995
Co-Founder/Chair, Governor's Ethanol Coalition, 1991, 1994
Chair, Nation Education Goals Panel, 1993
Hobbies or Special Talents:
Reading, Hunting, Fishing
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