“The Christmas season is a time for family and friends to come together and celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. During our celebrations, let’s remember to spread joy, hope, and peace with one another as we strive to exemplify Christ’s sacrificial love for us to the people in our lives. We must not forget the true purpose of the holidays, finding fulfillment in giving and not receiving.”

“As you gather with your family and loved ones, I encourage everyone to keep in mind the men and women serving our country who are unable to be with their families during this joyful season. We are grateful for their sacrifice and will continue to pray for their safe return home.”

“Susanne, the kids, and I wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays. For those who will be traveling this holiday season, please remember to buckle up and drive safely.”

The Governor plans to celebrate Christmas with extended family.

In other news

Last week was a big week in your Unicameral Legislature. A number of well attended and highly controversial committee hearings took place and Friday, February 21st was the final day for senators to choose a priority bill for this session. The landscape for the remaining days of this 60-day s…

“The Salvation of the State is Watchfulness in the Citizen.” This inscription is on the north side of your State Capitol. It serves to remind us all to be aware, involved, and engaged in business within that touches our lives at home. It should also serve to call lawmakers and governing bodi…

I recently came across an idea that I think describes the best of Nebraskans – our proactiveness. As the late author Stephen Covey observed, “It means more than merely taking an initiative. It means that as human beings, we are responsible for our own lives. Our behavior is a function of our…

We were able to get a considerable amount of work done in the Capitol last week by moving through quite a few bills that had remained on General File from the last session. These are bills that have not been designated as senator priority bills but did not receive floor debate last year. We …

The United States Constitution guarantees the right to keep and bear arms. The first sentence of Article I of the Nebraska Constitution reasserts this right: “The right to keep and bear arms for security or defense of self, family, home, and others, and for lawful common defense, hunting, re…

Over the past seven months, our news cycle has centered around deep divisions in Congress. But these divisions do not reflect who we are or what we value as Nebraskans. It is time to move past partisanship and start to work together again towards a brighter future for the people we serve.

The Revenue Committee’s property tax/education funding reform bill, LB 974, was brought out of committee on a 6-2 vote last week.

We were able to get a considerable amount of work done in the Capitol last week by moving through quite a few bills that had remained on General File from the last session. These are bills that have not been designated as senator priority bills but did not receive floor debate last year. We …

Your Legislature and my office were tremendously busy this week. Floor debate, Committee Hearings, and groups visiting kept things moving quite quickly. On Thursday, Feb. 13, the Legislature passed nine Bills that were then sent to the Governor. 105 Bills had public hearings in Committees. I…