Sen. Michael Johanns

Sen. Johanns was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2008. Senator Johanns served in the 111th through 113th Congresses as a member of the following committees: Appropriations, Agriculture, Banking, Commerce, Environment & Public Works, Indian Affairs and Veterans’ Affairs (varied by Congress). As the 28th Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Senator Johanns directed 18 agencies employing 90,000 staff worldwide and managed a $93 billion budget. Senator Johanns served as Governor of Nebraska from 1999 to 2005. Senator Johanns’ public service began on the Lancaster County Board in Nebraska from 1983 to 1987, followed by the Lincoln City Council from 1989 to 1991. He was elected Mayor of Lincoln in 1991 and reelected without opposition in 1995. He is a graduate of St. Mary’s University of Minnesota and holds a law degree from Creighton University in Omaha. He clerked for the Nebraska Supreme Court before practicing law in O’Neill and Lincoln, Nebraska. In addition to his position on the board of managers with Burlington Capital, he also serves on the board of Deere & Co, the board of managers of OSI Group, and on the board of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) which was a President Obama nominated position confirmed by the Senate in 2016.

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