Hilgers announces Republican bid for Attorney General | Regional government

Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Mike Hilgers of Lincoln will seek the 2022 Republican nomination for Attorney General.

Hilgers announced his candidacy Wednesday at an event in Norfolk.

Senator Lincoln, 43, won re-election to his second term in the Legislative Assembly in 2020 and was chosen as Speaker by his legislative colleagues last January.

Speaker of the Legislative Assembly Mike Hilgers of Lincoln speaks during the final day of the special redistricting session in September at the Capitol.

JUSTIN WAN, Journal Star file photo

Hilgers’ announcement closely follows Republican Attorney General Doug Peterson’s decision not to seek a third term. Hilgers had previously sought the GOP nomination for attorney general in 2014 when Peterson was first elected.

As a member of the Legislative Assembly, Hilgers secured passage of legislation that expedited construction of Lincoln’s South Beltway, cutting the completion time from eight to three years, and he is currently leading the legislative effort. to identify billion dollar federal pandemic spending priorities. recovery fund.

Hilgers serves as chairman of the State Tourism and Recreation Water Access Resources (STARWARS) Special Committee, which plans to fund various water, tourism, recreation and economic development projects throughout the state.

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Hilgers enters the campaign with the endorsement of Governor Pete Ricketts, Senator Deb Fischer and a host of current and former Republican officials and was featured at the announcement event by former Speakers of the Assembly Legislative Mike Flood and Jim Scheer, both of Norfolk, who also endorsed his candidacy.

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