By Deena Winter | Nebraska Watchdog
LINCOLN — Ben Sasse said today he will run for the U.S. Senate seat that will be vacated by Mike Johanns next year.
Sasse is president of Midland University, a private Christian liberal arts university in the town of Fremont, where he grew up. Sasse has been engaged in a “listening tour” of Nebraska, but this week filed legal campaign paperwork with the secretary of state to raise money, hire staff and begin organizing a campaign.
He told Nebraska Watchdog he intends to run for the Senate, with a formal announcement this fall.
“After weeks of listening across our state, it is obvious that Nebraskans want change in government,” he said in a press statement. “That means electing someone who will call nonsense on Washington’s endless false promises, who actually knows how to dismantle Obamacare, and who will stand up to political leadership, regardless of party.”
He joins two other Republicans in the race, former Nebraska State Treasurer Shane Osborn and Omaha attorney Bart McLeay.
He attended Harvard, Oxford, St. John’s and got his Ph.D. from Yale. His first job out of college was working for the Boston Consulting Group, a global management consulting firm, and from 2003 to 2005, he was chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Policy.
From 2007 until the day Obama was inaugurated, he served as U.S. assistant secretary of Health and Human Services under President George W. Bush — the fourth-ranking job in the department, working in policy and research.
Enrollment has nearly doubled since he arrived at Midland, which recently bought Dana College in Blair, a nearby Lutheran college.
He’s one of the top half-dozen health care experts on the Worldwide Speakers Group speaking circuit, and has debated former Vermont governor and presidential contender Howard Dean on Obamacare several times.
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