Former State Senator Lavon Heidemann is the new second in command
Governor Dave Heineman today announced the appointment of Lavon Heidemann of Elk Creek to replace Rick Sheehy.
Lt. Gov. Heidemann is 54 years old and was sworn in by the Secretary of State John Gale at a news conference with Governor Heineman this afternoon in the State Capitol.
“I’m pleased Lavon has agreed to serve the people of Nebraska as the Lieutenant Governor,” said Gov. Heineman. “He is a proven, dedicated public servant for the citizens of Nebraska.
Heidemann is a farmer and livestock producer, and is a volunteer firefighter. He was elected to the University of Nebraska Board of Regents in 2012. Prior to his time as a Regent, Heidemann served as a State Senator for Legislative District 1 from 2005 to 2013.
“I am excited for this opportunity to serve the people of Nebraska,” said Lt. Gov. Heidemann. “Public service is something in which I believe deeply. I am looking forward to my time traveling our state, meeting with our citizens, visiting our businesses.”
Sheehy resigned earlier this month after an investigation revealed that Sheehy had made thousands of calls to women, other than his wife, on his state-issued cellphone.
Heineman has said he wants a replacement who does not intend to run for governor in 2014.