By Nataly Tavidian, Grand Island/Hastings Reporter - email
Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann
A new lieutenant governor was sworn in for the state of Nebraska Wednesday.
Following the abrupt resignation of Rick Sheehy on February 2nd, the lieutenant governor's seat had been empty for nearly two weeks.
Gov. Dave Heineman made the announcement that Lavon Heidemann of Elk Creek is to be the 39th lieutenant governor of Nebraska.
Heidemann, 54, was sworn in by the Secretary of State in the state capitol Wednesday afternoon.
The new lieutenant governor says he is excited to serve the people of Nebraska. He said, "Public service is something in which I believe deeply. I am looking forward to my time traveling our state, meeting with our citizens, visiting our businesses."
"I'm pleased Lavon has agreed to serve the people of Nebraska as the lieutenant governor," said Heineman. "He is a proven, dedicated public servant for the citizens of Nebraska. He will complete this term as lieutenant governor with integrity, and I look forward to working with him as we continue to move Nebraska forward."
The governor said it was tough decision, since now Heidemann will leave his full-time job with the University of Nebraska Board of Regents. Heinemann said, "Given the circumstances I thought he might consider this a calling and I'm glad he did."
Heidemann is a farmer and livestock producer as well as a volunteer firefighter. He was also elected to the University Board of Regents in 2012 and served as a state senator for Legislative District 1 from 2005 to 2013.
While in the Legislature he served as Chairman of the Appropriations Committee for six years.
Heidemann was born in Pawnee City. He and his wife Robin have three children.
Lt. Governor Heidemann said he will not run for the 2016 governor race and said his main focus will be to serve as the best Lt. Governor of Nebraska.