Election 2014: Sasse vs. Domina for open Senate seat

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U.S. Senate race, Nebraska

Republican Ben Sasse, former president of Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska, is facing Democrat David Domina, former trial attorney and candidate for governor in 1986 in the race for a U.S. Senate seat. The winner will replace Republican Mike Johanns, who is retiring.

Ben Sasse vs. David Domina

Ben Sasse, Republican


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Age: 42

Home: Sasse was born in Plainview, Nebraska, and lives in Fremont, Nebraska.

Occupation: Sasse served as the 15th president of Midland University.

Education: Sasse graduated from Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts, with a bachelor’s degree in government. He also studied at the University of Oxford in Oxford, England, during his junior year abroad program.

Positions held: Sasse served as chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Justice. He left to serve as chief of staff for Jeff Fortenberry. He then advised the U.S. Department of Homeland Security on national security problems. Sasse then served as counselor to the secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, where he advised on a broad spectrum of health policy problems from affordable healthcare access to food safety and security.

Sasse was later nominated by President George W. Bush to serve as the principal adviser to the secretary of the HHS on policy development. Afterward, he moved to Fremont, Nebraska, to become the 15th president of Midland University. He became one of the youngest chief executives, at  37, to lead a U.S. university.

In October 2013, Sasse officially announced his candidacy for the Senate seat occupied by Republican Mike Johanns, who announced  he would not be run in 2014.

Family: Sasse, and his wife, Melissa, have one son and two daughters.

Faith: Lutheran

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David Domina, Democrat


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Age: 63

Home: Domina was born in Cedar County, Nebraska, and lives in Omaha, Nebraska.

Occupation: Domina started his own legal practice with Domina Law Group.

Education: Domina got his bachelor’s degree from the law college at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Positions held: Domina worked as a lawyer in the Judge Advocate General Corps of the U.S. Army before starting his own legal practice with Domina Law Group. In 1986, Domina tried for the Democratic nomination in the Nebraska gubernatorial election but came in second to Helen Boosalis. In 1989, Domina moved from Norfolk, Nebraska, to Omaha, Nebraska, where his firm had opened an office.

Domina also represented three Nebraska opponents of the Keystone XL pipeline in Thompson vs. Heineman. In January 2014, Domina announced his candidacy for the U.S. Senate seat.

Family: Domina, and his wife, Carol, have three children.

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The Lincoln Journal Star’s biographies on the candidates:

Ben Sasse

David Domina

Related News:

Ben Sasse joins Senate race for open seat in Nebraska

Nebraska Watchdog reports: Republican Ben Sasse, president of Midland University in Fremont, Nebraska, wants to address Washington’s false promises and end Obamacare.

Read full story: nebraskawatchdog.org

David Domina runs for open Senate seat in Nebraska

The Huffington Post reports: Democrat Domina worries about country’s security with current government.

Read full story: huffingtonpost.com

Domina supports legalizing marijuana

The Omaha World-Herald reports: Domina agrees with legalizing marijuana because the government could tax the drug as it does cigarettes.

Read full story: omaha.com

Nebraska’s Latino community endorses Domina

The Omaha World-Herald reports: The Latino/a Political Action Committee of Nebraska, an organization helping the group’s political voice, unanimously endorse Domina.

Read full story: omaha.com

Obamacare topic fuels debate: Sasse wants change

The Omaha-World Herald reports: Sasse builds campaign around opposition to the controversial health-care law, but Domina argues others need to accept the law put in place.

Read full story: omaha.com

Final debate reveals disagreements, arguments, jabs

The Omaha World-Herald reports: Candidates disagree on guns, immigration and free trade before the Nov. 4 election.

Read full story: omaha.com

Buzzfeed accuses Domina of plagiarism

The Omaha World-Herald reports: Domina defends accusations by Web publication Buzzfeed of lifting language from farm bill.

Read full story: omaha.com

Sasse dominates Domina in fundraising

The Omaha World-Herald reports: Sasse brings in $2 million during the three-month period for fundraising while Domina brings in $206,000, according to financial reports released by the Sasse campaign.

Read full story: omaha.com

Domina: ‘I had to re-register as a Democrat to get in the race’

The Lincoln Journal Star reports: Domina argues Senate seat should be about partisan-free judgment and freedom from “big-money” demands.

Read full story: journalstar.com

Social security, tax reform prove debatable topics

The Lincoln Journal Star reports: Sasse wants Social Security to “protect those already retired or near the retirement age,” but Domina wants Social Security not to be privatized.

Read full story: journalstar.com

Mitt Romney supports Sasse for Senate

The Lincoln Journal Star reports: Former presidential candidate and Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney speaks out in Hastings, Nebraska, about his support for Sasse’s goals to tackle taxes and health care.

Read full story: journalstar.com

Domina labels Sasse a ‘tea party extremist’

The Scottsbluff Star-Herald reports: Nebraska’s race for U.S. Senate turns negative as Domina tries to break Sasse’s comfortable advantage in the race.

Read full story: starherald.com

Sasse provides quick, unsatisfying answer to minimum wage question

Nebraska Watchdog reports: Sasse accused of not knowing Nebraskans’ opinions on raising minimum wage.

Read full story and watch full video: nebraskawatchdog.org

Sasse responds to Washington after primary win

Fox News reports: Sasse believes center of life is in Nebraska; not Washington.

Watch full video: foxnews.com

Sasse discusses ‘scandalous’ Veterans Affairs topic

Fox News reports: Sasse voices opinion on bill getting blocked that makes it easier to fire VA executives.

Watch full video: foxnews.com

Sasse urges movement of US Capitol to Nebraska

Fox News reports: Sasse discusses the wealth of Washington and the benefits of moving the Capitol.

Watch full video: foxnews.com

Political advertisements promoting candidates:

Ben Sasse

David Domina

Political advertisement and recording opposing candidates:

Ben Sasse

David Domina

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