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Omaha banker considering Senate race

By   /   August 15, 2013  /   8 Comments

By Deena Winter | Nebraska Watchdog

LINCOLN – Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale confirmed today that he’s considering running for the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated by Mike Johanns next year.

Sid Dinsdale

Sid Dinsdale

“I’m thinking about the Senate,” he said.

Dinsdale, a Republican, is president and chairman of Pinnacle Bancorp. He is the grandson of the founder of Pinnacle Bank, the fourth-largest Nebraska-owned bank.

An announcement wouldn’t be likely until after mid-September, though, he said, because this is a big week for Pinnacle Bank with the opening of the Pinnacle Bank Arena. Pinnacle Bank has the naming rights to the new arena, which hosts its first event this weekend (University of Nebraska-Lincoln graduation) and has an open house Aug. 29.

Dinsdale considered a run for U.S. Sen. Ben Nelson‘s seat in 2011, but ultimately decided not to run. He was involved in the attempt to recall Omaha Mayor Jim Suttle in 2010, donating $45,000 to the recall because he said Suttle was “bankrupting the city” with police and firefighter union contracts, according to the Omaha World-Herald.

He was recently elected to Ameritas‘ board of directors.

Republicans already running are Omaha attorney Bart McLeay, Midland University President Ben Sasse and former State Treasurer Shane Osborn. No Democrats have announced plans to run yet.

Contact Deena Winter at deena@nebraskawatchdog.org.

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Deena formerly served as staff reporter for Watchdog.org.

  • OmahaNews.com

    Sid Dinsdale is a good man and a true Leader. My vote he will have.

    I wish we could clone Sid and send Sid #1 to the Senate and send Sid #2 to the House to replace Lee Terry.


    Hurley Borja
    Team ON

  • Dave Fall

    It would certainly be easier than sending a lobbyist.

  • D. Mark

    “No Democrats have announced plans to run yet” they are smarter than I thought?

  • Jim Gentile

    Do it! More wealthy tea party bankers to slay the over paid middle class worker! YES!!!

  • Grand Island Native

    Sid is not his dad, and never will be. If he runs his MANY business enemies will be more than happy to unload on him.

  • GI Grandmother

    GI Native:
    What do you mean by “Sid is not his dad, and never will be>”I found the comment to be interesting.

  • John J

    I’ve known Sid for many years and am excited to see him running for the Senate. We need more like Sid in office.

  • G.I. Conservative

    Please xplain”He is not his dad, and never will be”