UPDATE 11:53 a.m.
A Norfolk businessman was appointed to the Nebraska Legislature on Friday by Gov. Pete Ricketts, replacing Mike Flood, who was elected to the House of Representatives in June.
Robert Dover was selected to fulfill Flood’s term, which will run through January of 2025. Ricketts said Dover plans on running for election in 2024.
Dover, President of Coldwell Banker Dover Realtors and the Dover Management Company, is a longtime resident of the district and a registered Republican.
Dover did not take questions at the press conference, but said in a statement he’ll use his experience in finance to ensure the state spends tax dollars wisely and “to help reduce the tax burden on Nebraska’s families.”
Dover will represent Madison County, and parts of Stanton County, a conservative district that Ricketts said in a statement will continue to have a conservative state senator.
“He will strongly defend pro-life values and work to protect Second Amendment rights,” said Ricketts.
This comes at a time when conservatives in the Unicameral are mulling a special session to pass some form of an abortion ban, after the US Supreme Court reversed the longstanding precedent of Roe vs. Wade.
3 News Now reporter Alex Whitney will have more on this story at 6 p.m.
This morning Governor Ricketts is introducing Rob Dover as the newest senator for district 19. Dover works in real estate in the Norfolk area and is a member of the Norfolk Chamber of Commerce. Dover is replacing Mike Flood who is now Nebraska’s CD1 representative. @3NewsNowOmaha pic.twitter.com/8yEkyZiKhm— Alex Whitney (@AlexWhitneyTV) July 22, 2022