Lavon Heidemann of Elk Creek in southeast Nebraska was appointed the 39th Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska Wednesday, replacing the disgraced Rick Sheehy, who resigned under rumors of dalliances with women.
Gov. Heineman announced Heidemann's appointment at an afternoon press conference where Heidemann, 54, was sworn in.
Heidemann was a state senator for eight years, from 2005-13, where he chaired the powerful appropriations committee for six years. After his term in the Legislature was over, he was elected to the University of Nebraska Board of Regents.
Heidemann is a farmer, livestock producer and a volunteer firefighter, Heineman said.
Heidemann was born in Pawnee City and graduated from Elk Creek High School. He was a general foreman of a drilling company in Anchorage, Alaska from 1983 to 1995.
He has a long record of work with civic groups. He was elected to the Elk Creek School Board in 1996 where he served until he was elected to the Legislature.
He and his wife Robin have three children.
“I’m pleased Lavon has agreed to serve the people of Nebraska as the Lieutenant Governor,” Heineman said. “He is a proven, dedicated public servant.”
“I am excited for this opportunity to serve the people of Nebraska,” Lt. Gov. Heidemanns said. “Public service is something in which I believe deeply. I am looking forward to my time traveling our state, meeting with our citizens, visiting our businesses.”
Heidemann has been active with a number of organizations, including the Midwest Council of State Governments, Agriculture Builders of Nebraska, Nebraska Cattlemen, Pawnee County Farm Bureau, the Southeast Nebraska Feeders and Breeders and the Elk Creek Young Men’s Club.
He has attended the Midwest Council of State Governments’ Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership.
Whie he was in the Legislature, he received several honors, including the Leadership Award for the Association of Nebraska Ethanol Producers, 2012; recognition of Service, Nebraska State Volunteer Firefighter’s Association, 2011; Harold Sieck Public Official of the Year, The Arc of Nebraska, 2009; Leadership Award in Recognition of Outstanding Leadership in Agri-Business, Omaha Agri-Business Club 2009; Award of Excellence for Meritorious Service, Nebraska Cooperative Extension Association, 2009; and the Appreciation Award for Development and Funding of Education Center, Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture, 2009.