Pete Ricketts was born in Nebraska City and raised in Omaha. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in biology and an MBA in marketing and finance. Ricketts worked for his family’s business in Omaha, a company eventually known as Ameritrade, Inc., holding several leadership roles including senior vice president, president and chief operating officer. He is the founder of Drakon, LLC that supports local entrepreneurs and startup companies. He also serves on the TD Ameritrade Board of Directors and is a director for the Chicago Cubs baseball team. Ricketts and his wife Susanne have been married for 17 years and live in Omaha with their three children, Roscoe, Margot and Eleanor.
SASSE, Benjamin Eric, a Senator from Nebraska; born in Plainview, Pierce County, Nebr., February 22, 1972; B.A., Harvard University, 1994; M.A., St. John’s College, Annapolis, Md., 1998; Ph.D., Yale University, 2004; management consultant; university professor; chief of staff to U.S. Representative Jeff Fortenberry; counselor to the secretary, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; assistant secretary for planning and evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; president of Midland University, Fremont, Nebr.; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 2014 for the term ending January 3, 2021.
FISCHER, Debra (Deb), a Senator from Nebraska; born in Lincoln, Neb., March 1, 1951; graduated University of Nebraska, B.S., 1988; rancher; Valentine Rural High School Board of Education 1990-2004; Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Postsecondary Education 2000-2004; Nebraska Unicameral Legislature 2005-2012; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 2012 for the term ending January 3, 2019.
SMITH, Adrian, a Representative from Nebraska; born in Scottsbluff, Scottsbluff County, Nebr., December 19, 1970; graduated from Gering High School, Gering, Nebr., 1989; attended Liberty University, Lynchburg. Va., 1989-1990; B.S., University of Nebraska, Lincoln, Nebr., 1993; business owner; teacher; member of the Gering, Nebr., city council, 1994-1998; member of the Nebraska state legislature, 1999-2007; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Tenth and to the four succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2007-present).
FORTENBERRY, Jeff, a Representative from Nebraska; born in Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, La., December 27, 1960; B.A., Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, La., 1982; M.P.P., Georgetown University, Washington, D.C., 1986; M.Th., Franciscan University, Steubenville, Ohio, 1996; member of the Lincoln, Nebr., city council, 1997-2001; publishing executive; elected as a Republican to the One Hundred Ninth and to the five succeeding Congresses (January 3, 2005-present).