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Sen. Fischer says she will not run for governor in 2022
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Sen. Fischer says she will not run for governor in 2022

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Deb Fischer gives a thumbs up to her supporters, declaring victory in Nebraska’s U.S. Senate race on Nov. 6, 2012, at The Cornhusker. Her win made her the first Nebraska woman to be elected to a full six-year term in the Senate, and the first female senator from Nebraska since Hazel Abel in 1954.

U.S. Senator Deb Fischer, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, today questioned Thomas Vilsack, President Biden’s nominee to serve as Secretary of Agriculture, during his Senate confirmation hearing.

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Sen. Deb Fischer said Thursday she will not seek the governorship in 2022, removing her name from consideration and clearing the way for a potentially crowded Republican primary race.

"I believe I have a really good track record of good wins for Nebraska from my time in the Legislature to the Senate, and the Senate is where I want to continue to serve," Fischer said during a morning interview on KFAB-AM in Omaha.

"So, no, I'm not running for governor," the two-term senator said.

"I love the work I do," Fischer said. "I am a legislator; I am a policymaker."

Don Walton: Fischer consideration of governorship could freeze GOP field

Fischer's declaration came a week after she had said in an interview that she was considering a bid for the governorship and was "in no hurry" to make a decision. 

Rep. Don Bacon, metropolitan Omaha's 2nd District congressman and another big-name prospect, withdrew his name from the potential field two weeks ago.

Agri-businessman Charles Herbster of Falls City is the only active candidate, although Sen. Brett Lindstrom of Omaha has announced his intention to enter the race.

Sen. Fischer says she may seek Nebraska governorship in 2022

A long list of potential prospects includes Bryan Slone of Omaha, president of the Nebraska Chamber of Commerce; University of Nebraska Regent Jim Pillen of Columbus and Sen. Lou Ann Linehan of Elkhorn, chairwoman of the Legislature's Revenue Committee.

Fischer's decision ends speculation about a potential opportunity for Gov. Pete Ricketts to possibly move directly to the Senate upon completion of his second gubernatorial term at the end of next year. 

If Fischer had been elected governor in 2022, there would have been two years remaining in her six-year Senate term.

DEB FISCHER'S POLITICAL JOURNEY:

Reach the writer at 402-473-7248 or dwalton@journalstar.com.

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