Elected Nebraska’s 40th governor in 2014
Early Years: Born 1964, in Nebraska City (raised in Omaha)
Education: Westside High School; University of Chicago for bachelor’s degree and MBA
Career: Customer services representative at Union Pacific; worked in his family’s business, which became known as Ameritrade, as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development, Senior Vice President of Product Development, Senior Vice President of Marketing, President, and Chief Operating Officer; Director, Chicago Cubs baseball team.
Nickname: Cornhusker State
Population: 1.9 million
Size: The state covers 77,358 square miles
Economic drivers: agriculture (beef, pork, corn, soybeans), freight transport, manufacturing, insurance
Did you know? Kool-Aid was created in 1927 by Edwin Perkins in the city of Hastings, which celebrates the event the second weekend of every August with Kool-Aid Days.