Gov. Pete Ricketts


Aug 19, 1964

Birth State


University of Chicago

P.O. Box 94848 Lincoln, NE 68509-4848

Phone: 402/471-2244  Fax: 402/471-6031

Governor’s Website       State Website


Peter Ricketts was sworn in as governor of Nebraska on January 8th, 2015.

Ricketts was born in Nebraska City and raised in Omaha. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in biology and an MBA in marketing and finance.

Ricketts worked for his family’s business in Omaha, a company eventually known as Ameritrade, Inc., holding several leadership roles including senior vice president, president, and chief operating officer. He is the founder of Drakon, LLC that supports local entrepreneurs and startup companies. He is a director for the Chicago Cubs baseball team and previously served on the TD Ameritrade Board of Directors.

Ricketts and his wife Susanne live in Omaha with their three children, Roscoe, Margot, and Eleanor.


Susanne Shore became the first lady of Nebraska when her husband, Governor Pete Ricketts, was sworn in as governor on January 8, 2015.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in English and a master’s degree in business from Oklahoma State University. She also holds a nursing degree from Creighton University and worked as a nurse at St. Joseph’s Hospital before deciding to stay at home full-time to raise her family.

The first lady is a committed advocate for child welfare. During the past 10 years, she has served on the board of the Child Saving Institute, including two years as chair, and more recently the Nebraska Families Collaborative. She also volunteered with Douglas County CASA as a court-appointed special advocate for at-risk children.

The first lady and her husband were married in Omaha in 1997, and they have three teenage children: Roscoe and Margot, who are twins, and Eleanor.


Chief of Staff
Matt Miltenberger

Legal Counsel & Washington Representative
Lauren Kintner

Communications Director/Media Contact
Taylor Gage

Governor’s Scheduler
Lauren Betka

Staff Support for Governor’s Spouse
Jill Woodruff

Former Governors

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