E. Benjamin Nelson

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U.S. Senate (Nebraska Sr)


Family: Wife: Diane; 4 Children: Kevin, Kristy, Patrick, Sara

Born: 05/17/1941 McCook, NE

Home: Omaha, Nebraska

Religion: Methodist

Education: JD, University of Nebraska, 1970 MA, Philosophy, University of Nebraska, 1965 BA, Philosophy, University of Nebraska, 1963

Profession: 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 Lay Minister

Political: Senator, United States Senate, 2000-present Governor, State of Nebraska, 1990-1998 Democratic Nominee, United States Senate, 1996 Campaign Manager, Democratic Presidential Candidates, 1976, 1980

Congressional Membership: Co-Chair, Senate Air Force Caucus, 2007 Co-Chair, High Tech Working Group, 2005-2006 Co-chair, Congressional Sportsman's Caucus, 2005-2006 Co-vice-Chair, Senate Centrist Coalition, 2005 Member, Space Power Caucus, 2004 United States- Russian Federation Parliamentary Council, 2004

Organization Membership: Co-Chair, Ethanol Across America, 2004-present 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 American Bar Association Eagle Scout, Boys Scouts of America Board Member, Boy Scouts of America Mid America Council Trustee, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee Board Member, Nebraska Community Foundation Nebraska State Bar Association Board Chair, The Nelson Institute Omaha Bar Association Rockbrook United Methodist Church Senate New Democrat Coalition Board Member, Teammates of Nebraska


Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry


Armed Services

Rules and Administration

Subcommittee on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies

Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science, and Related Agencies

Subcommittee on Domestic and Foreign Marketing, Inspection, and Plant and Animal Health

Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities

Subcommittee on Energy, Science and Technology

Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government

Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies

Subcommittee on Legislative Branch

Subcommittee on Military Construction, Veterans Affairs, and Related Agencies

Subcommittee on Personnel

Subcommittee on Rural Revitalization, Conservation, Forestry and Credit

Subcommittee on Strategic Forces