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Nebraska's new governor taps predecessor to replace Sasse in US Senate

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Nebraska Gov. Jim Pillen, a Republican, has tapped former Gov. Pete Ricketts to fill the seat recently vacated by Ben Sasse, who resigned well before the end of his term as a U.S. senator.

Sasse, a Republican who would not have come up for reelection until 2026, stepped down earlier this month with plans to become president of the University of Florida. He had served as a senator since early 2015, and had won another term in the 2020 election. He tweeted in November that he was "thrilled to join Gator Nation in February."

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