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Ricketts Appointed to U.S. Senate

By Gordon HopkinsNewly elected Governor Jim Pillen appointed his predecessor, Pete Ricketts, to fill the Senate seat vacated by Ben Sasse.On Monday, December 5, 2022, U.S. Senator Ben Sasse submitted a letter of resignation that indicated his final day as a Senator would be January 8, 2023. Sasse left to take on the role of president of the University of Florida.Since then, speculation was rife that Ricketts was the likely candidate to replace Sasse. Prior to Pillen's election, Governor Ricketts had indicated he would leave the decision whom to replace Sasse with up to the incoming governor. Pillen was heavily endorsed by Ricketts. The day a...

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