GOP NE Gov Appoints GOP Ex-NE Gov To US Senate

NBC News reports:

Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen on Thursday announced the appointment of his predecessor, Republican Pete Ricketts, to fill the U.S. Senate seat vacated by Ben Sasse.

Ricketts was seen as the heavy favorite to succeed Sasse, having given Pillen hefty financial support in last year’s Republican gubernatorial primary over a Trump-endorsed rival.

Ricketts was also the choice of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who told CNN in October: “I’ve talked to Gov. Ricketts. We’re hoping that he will end up in the Senate.”

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Ricketts, whose father founded TD Ameritrade, owns the Chicago Cubs with his siblings. The Ricketts are listed by Forbes as among the country’s wealthiest families.