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Pete Ricketts

Gov. Pete Ricketts

  • January 8, 2015 - January 2, 2019
    January 3, 2019 - January 5, 2023
  • Republican
  • August 19, 1964
  • Nebraska
  • University of Chicago
  • Susanne Shore


Governor Pete Ricketts was sworn in as Nebraska’s 40th Governor on January 8, 2015 and reelected to a second term in November 2018.

Gov. Ricketts graduated from Westside High School before attending the University of Chicago where he earned his bachelor’s degree in biology and an MBA in marketing and finance. After graduate school, Gov. Ricketts returned to Omaha and worked for Union Pacific before working as a customer services representative in his family’s business, a company that would eventually become known as Ameritrade. He went on to hold leadership roles in the company including Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Senior Vice President of Product Development, Senior Vice President of Marketing, President, and Chief Operating Officer (COO).

Prior to his election as governor, he worked to support Nebraska entrepreneurs and startup companies. Gov. Ricketts is the founder of Drakon, LLC that supports local entrepreneurs and startup companies. He is also a past board member of TD Ameritrade’s Board of Directors and the Chicago Cubs baseball team.

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