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Ben Nelson

Personal data
Date of birthMay 17, 1941(age 74)
Place of birthMcCook, Nebraska
Political partyDemocratic
SpouseDiane Nelson
ResidenceOmaha, Nebraska
Alma materUniversity of Nebraska (B.A., M.A., J.D.)
OccupationAttorney, insurance executive
Assumed officeJanuary 3, 2001
Serving with Mike Johanns
Preceded byJ. Robert Kerrey
37th Governor of Nebraska
In officeJanuary 9, 1991 - January 7, 1999
LieutenantMaxine B. Moul (1991-1993)
Kim M. Robak (1993-1999)
Succeeded byMike Johanns
Preceded byKay A. Orr

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Earl Benjamin "Ben" Nelson (born May 17, 1941) is the senior U.S. Senator from Nebraska. He is a member of the Democrat and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000.

Nelson entered politics in 1990, when he was elected the 37th Governor of Nebraska. He was re-elected in 1994 with 74% of the vote. Nelson ran for an open seat in the U.S. Senate in 1996, losing to Republican Chuck Hagel, and left the Governor's office in January 1999 due to term limits, after serving two full terms. Nelson was elected to the U.S. Senate in the 2000 election after incumbent Bob Kerrey retired.

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