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For the first time in a dozen years, Nebraska has a new attorney general.

Doug Peterson, a Republican, will replace Jon Bruning, who entered the governor's race and was defeated in the primary. Peterson defeated Janet Stewart, a Democrat who practices law in Fremont.

Charlie Janssen will replace two-term Nebraska Auditor Mike Foley, who was known for his aggressive investigation of how Nebraska agencies and government offices spent taxpayers' money. Foley is the new lieutenant governor.

Janssen, a Republican who is a state senator representing the Fremont area, defeated Amanda McGill, a Democrat and also a state senator from Lincoln.

Peterson, lives in Lincoln and was a deputy county attorney in North Platte and a Nebraska assistant attorney general before practicing law in Lincoln.

"I'm so encouraged by how many people understood or got our message, that voters do appreciate my experience," Peterson said.

They also seemed to appreciate his pledge not to seek any other political office, he said.

"They just want this person who will take their skills and their experience and bring it to the office, serve and not turn it into a personal ambition," he said.

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In the first months he is in office, Peterson said he plans to quietly learn and listen before making any potential proposals or changes.

He got to the general election by defeating three other Republicans: state Sen. Pete Pirsch, Brian Buescher and Mike Hilgers. He had raised more than $320,000 for his campaign, and spent more than $200,000. Even so, the race was one of the quieter ones statewide.

On some of the bigger issues, Peterson, like his predecessor, has said he would be aggressive in trying to find the appropriate lethal injection drugs to effectively carry out Nebraska's death penalty and believes Nebraska’s constitutional amendment limiting marriage to that between a man and a woman is constitutionally sound.

In other statewide office races, John Gale retained his job as secretary of state, defeating Libertarian Ben Backus. Gale has been in the office since 2000.

Republican Don Stenberg also won his bid for incumbency in the state treasurer's race, defeating Democrat Michael O'Hara and Libertarian Michael Knebel.

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State government reporter

JoAnne Young covers state government, including the Legislature and state agencies, and the people they serve.

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