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Elected Nebraska’s 41st governor in 2022
Early Years: Born 1955, in Columbus, Nebraska
Education: Lakeview Junior-Senior High School; University of Nebraska–Lincoln for a Bachelor of Science degree in animal science; Kansas State University College of Veterinary Medicine for a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine.
Career: Pillen is a practicing veterinarian and also works as chair of Pillen Family Farms. Pillen has also worked as president of the Columbus Area Chamber of Commerce, chaired the Columbus Community Hospital Board of Directors, and served on the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.
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.