Jim Pillen was sworn in Thursday because the 41st governor of Nebraska, becoming a member of a slew of Republicans who claimed the entire state’s prime govt places of work.
Pillen was elected in November, defeating Democratic state Sen. Carol Blood in a state that hasn’t elected a Democrat as governor since 1994. Pillen’s hardest race got here through the contentious main through which he needed to defeat eight different candidates, together with one backed by former President Donald Trump.
One in every of Pillen’s first acts as governor can be to nominate somebody to the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by fellow Republican Ben Sasse, who’s stepping right down to develop into president of the College of Florida. Pillen is extensively anticipated to call his predecessor, former Gov. Pete Ricketts, who endorsed Pillen early within the main and and financially contributed to his marketing campaign.
Pillen has additionally vowed to push to vary Nebraska’s school funding components to a per-student foundation. Critics say the plan may value the state’s largest districts — which serve probably the most deprived populations — as much as $270 million. Presently, public colleges are largely funded by means of equalization help, which fits closely to these high-need districts.
Additionally sworn in Thursday had been Lt. Gov. Joe Kelly, Secretary of State Bob Evnen, state Treasurer John Murante, state Lawyer Normal Mike Hilgers and state Auditor Mike Foley — all Republicans.