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Mike Foley (Nebraska politician)

Mike Foley
Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska
Elect
Taking office
January 8, 2015
Governor Pete Ricketts (elect)
Succeeding John E. Nelson
Auditor of Public Accounts of Nebraska
Incumbent
Assumed office
January 3, 2007
Governor Dave Heineman
Preceded by Kate Witek
Personal details
Born (1954-04-05) April 5, 1954
Rochester, New York, U.S.
Political party Republican
Spouse(s) Susan Foley
Alma mater State University of New York,
Brockport

Michigan State University
Religion Roman Catholicism

Mike Foley (born April 5, 1954) is the Nebraska state auditor and the Lieutenant Governor-elect of Nebraska. Foley has also served as a member of the Nebraska Legislature.

Personal life

Foley was born in Rochester, New York and graduated from Bishop Kearney High School in 1972, the State University of New York at Brockport in 1976, and Michigan State University with an M.B.A. He worked summer in the offices of congressman Michael J. Harrington. For 18 years, he was the director of financial analysis for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners in Washington, DC. Prior to that position he was a consultant with Kirschner Associates. He is married to Nebraska native Susan (Seiker) Foley and they have six children and are members of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lincoln, Nebraska.

State legislature

Foley was elected in 2000 to represent the 29th Nebraska legislative district, and reelected in 2004 with 70% of the vote. He sat on the Judiciary and the Transportation and Telecommunications committees. He resigned in January, 2007 to become state auditor after winning a statewide election for that position in the 2006 election cycle.

In 2005, legislator Foley opposed two bills prohibiting the state government's discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation; regarding the measures, he stated, "[H]omosexual conduct is wrong. And it's OK to think that it is wrong. And it is OK to say that it is wrong."[1]

Auditor of Public Accounts

On November 7, 2006 Foley defeated incumbent Democrat Kate Witek to become Nebraska State Auditor. In 2010 he was re-elected to a second term with 80% of the statewide vote.

Candidate for Lt. Governor of Nebraska

Pete Ricketts selected Foley to replace Lavon Heidemann as his running mate in the 2014 Nebraska governors race.[2]

References

  1. ^ Hicks, Nancy. "Sexual orientation language part of budget bill". Lincoln Journal Star. 
  2. ^ http://www.omaha.com/news/metro/pete-ricketts-chooses-mike-foley-as-running-mate/article_11a24050-383e-11e4-ac0d-0017a43b2370.html

External links

  • Nebraska Auditor of Public Accounts
  • Mike Foley for Governor
Nebraska Legislature
Preceded by
LaVon Crosby
Member of the Nebraska Legislature
from the 29th district

2001–2007
Succeeded by
Tony Fulton
Political offices
Preceded by
Kate Witek
Auditor of Public Accounts of Nebraska
2007–present
Incumbent
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