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UPDATE: Heineman names former state senator as Nebraska's new lieutenant governor


Nebraska has a new lieutenant governor. The move comes less than two weeks after Rick Sheehy's abrupt resignation.

Nebraska's new lieutenant governor is no stranger in Lincoln. Former state senator Lavon Heidemann, of Elk Creek, served in the unicameral for eight years. For six of those years, Heidemann worked with Governor Dave Heineman to balance the budget as chair of the Appropriations Committee.

Governor Heineman called Heidemann a "common sense, fiscal conservative", and a proven, dedicated public servant. Gov. Dave Heineman, (R) Nebraska says, "This is an extraordinary situation and I wanted the best Nebraskan standing by my side. And, Lavon Heidemann is that person."

Heidemann says he's looking forward to traveling the state to meet the Nebraskans he now represents. He also described this opportunity as an "honor and a privilege." But, he admitted that he, and Governor Heineman, don't agree on every issue facing the state. Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann, (R) Nebraska says, "The governor and I might not always travel down the same route, or down the same path, but our destination is the same. And, that is to make this a good place to live for its people, a good place to do business, and we're hoping to make it a better place for future generations."

Heidemann's appointment leaves a vacancy on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. Heidemann was elected to the board last November. Governor Heineman says he'll name a replacement in the next few weeks.

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