LINCOLN, Nebraska – Friday, Governor Pete Ricketts reacted to rumors about what may occur if U.S. Senator Ben Sasse were to resign his seat and accept the presidency of the University of Florida.
Yesterday, Senator Sasse called to inform me of his intention to resign from the United States Senate, according to Ricketts.
The replacement for Sasse would be nominated by the Nebraska governor. Governor Ricketts, who has been mute about his future plans once his tenure expires this year, mentioned his interest in a Senate seat but stated that he would not appoint himself.
“Should I choose to pursue the appointment, I will defer to the next governor’s appointment decision and adhere to the process set for all interested applicants. It is a once-in-a-lifetime privilege to serve as the governor of Nebraska. It is the finest job in the world, and I will continue to prioritize it until the end of my tenure.”
According to the Nebraska Secretary of State’s Office, the Governor would appoint a qualified Nebraskan within 45 days of a vacancy occurring. This individual will serve until January 2025. In 2024, an election would be held to fill the remaining two years of the seat’s term. At that time, the individual nominated by the Governor to fill the vacancy would be entitled to run for election.”
Gov. Ricketts commended Sen. Sasse for his service after discovering that the University of Florida planned to install him as president of the institution on Thursday.
Ricketts said in a statement on Thursday, “I appreciate Senator Sasse’s contribution to our state and nation.” “He would be an outstanding President of the University of Florida. He has one of the most conservative voting histories in the Senate, and our colleges require more conservative voices. Senator Sasse is also highly intelligent, possesses the necessary expertise, and has a demonstrated passion for higher education. I wish him the best of luck as the University of Florida evaluates his application.”