Omaha attorney Brian Buescher has been nominated by President Donald Trump to serve on the U.S. District Court in Nebraska, filling the post of Chief Judge Laurie Smith Camp, who has announced that she is taking senior status effective Dec. 1.
Buescher was a 2014 Republican candidate for attorney general, finishing second in a four-candidate GOP primary race won by Doug Peterson, who was subsequently elected.
Sens. Deb Fischer and Ben Sasse recommended Buescher to the president as their choice for the position after interviewing several candidates.
Buescher is a partner at Kutak Rock, where he leads the firm's agribusiness litigation team. He also practices law in the areas of environment, food law, real estate, product liability and banking.
"His background, experience and judicial philosophy are the reasons I recommended him to President Trump for this judgeship," Fischer said.
Sasse, who is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Buescher is "a proud Nebraskan and will serve our state well in his new calling."
The Judiciary Committee will hold a hearing before determining whether to send the nomination to the floor of the Senate for a confirmation vote.
Gov. Pete Ricketts praised the selection of Buescher as the nominee.
"Over the years, Brian has proved himself to be an incredibly talented legal expert," Ricketts said. "He has the temperament to be a great judge and will approach each case he is given with a fair and open mind."
Buescher is a graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and earned his law degree from Georgetown University.