New Governor 101: A primer on the 9 incoming state executives

New Governor 101: A Primer On The 9 Incoming State Executives - New Governors Illo Hobbs Lombardo

Here’s the lineup of new governors taking office next year:

Jim Pillen

Nebraska hog farmer and university regent Jim Pillen didn’t debate his rivals during his bid to move into the governor’s mansion in Lincoln. He also didn’t win an endorsement from the Omaha World-Herald’s historically conservative editorial board — or former President Donald Trump.

But the Republican and Cornhusker football hall-of-famer still won nearly 60 percent of the vote in an agricultural stronghold where voters outside the state’s two largest cities heavily backed Trump in 2020.

“I’m the first governor in the state of Nebraska that made his living exclusively from agriculture in 100 years,” Pillen said in an interview. “Today, more than ever, food security and energy independence through ethanol and renewable fuels is a big, big deal. As I like to say: We in Nebraska agriculture feed the world and we save the planet doing it.”

Pillen will be tested on both…

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