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Sen. Ben Nelson (D-Neb.)

Political Highlights: Neb. director of insurance, 1975-76; governor, 1991-99; Democratic nominee for U.S. Senate, 1996; U.S. Senate, 2001-13
Born: May 17, 1941; McCook, Neb.
Residence: Omaha
Religion: Methodist
Family: Wife, Diane Nelson; four children
Education: U. of Nebraska, B.A. 1963; U. of Nebraska, M.A. 1965; U. of Nebraska, J.D. 1970
Military Service: None
Start of Service: Elected: 2000 (2nd term)
Committee Assignments: Agriculture, Nutrition & Forestry (Commodities, Risk Management & Trade - Chairman; Livestock, Marketing & Agriculture Security; Rural Development & Energy); Appropriations (Agriculture; Commerce-Justice-Science; Financial Services; Interior-Environment; Legislative Branch - Chairman; Military Construction-VA); Armed Services (Airland; Readiness & Management Support; Strategic Forces - Chairman); Rules & Administration

Election History
2006generalBen Nelson (D) 378,38863.9
Pete Ricketts (R) 213,92836.1
2000generalBen Nelson (D) 353,09351.0
Don Stenberg (R) 337,97748.8
1996generalChuck Hagel (R) 379,93356.1
Ben Nelson (D) 281,90441.7
John DeCamp (LIBERT) 9,4831.4
Bill Dunn (NL) 4,8060.7
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Nebraska is 47th on Roll Call's Clout Index, which measures influence in Congress by state.


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