(Lincoln, NE) – Nebraska Secretary of State Bob Evnen, of Lincoln, announced Monday that he will seek reelection as Secretary of State in 2022. Evnen was elected Secretary of State in 2018. He previously served on the State Board of Education and was an attorney in Lincoln.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, the previously scheduled media conference for Monday’s announcement has been postponed.
“Today, I am announcing my reelection campaign to serve another term as Nebraska’s Secretary of State,” Evnen said. “It has been my honor to serve the citizens of Nebraska these past four years.”
In 2018, Evnen succeeded former Secretary of State John Gale who retired after serving Nebraska for 18 years.
“I take my role very seriously to serve all Nebraskans, providing safe and secure elections, and promoting Nebraska products, technology and research to the world,” Evnen said.
The Secretary of State in Nebraska serves as the chief elections officer, oversees business services operations, and represents Nebraska agriculture and business around the world promoting trade opportunities.
Evnen is also a supporter of Voter ID in Nebraska and has made it a priority to take steps to further secure early voting. “We have to be sure that it’s easy to vote and hard to cheat,” Evnen said.
Governor Pete Ricketts, Senator Deb Fischer, Congressman Jeff Fortenberry, Congressman Don Bacon, Congressman Adrian Smith, former governor Kay Orr, Lt. Governor Mike Foley, Speaker Mike Hilgers and Senators Tom Brewer, Suzanne Geist Dan Hughes, and Rita Sanders have all offered their endorsement of Evnen’s reelection as Secretary of State.
State Senator Suzanne Geist offered the following endorsement to Evnen’s reelection, “Bob Evnen is exactly the right person to serve as Secretary of State for Nebraska. He serves with honesty and integrity and engenders confidence in our elections. I proudly endorse his reelection.”
Evnen also expressed gratitude to all of whom have endorsed his candidacy. “I am honored to have the endorsement of these fellow elected officials,” Evnen said. “I look forward to collaborating with them as we move forward in 2022.”
The Secretary of State is one of three members of the Board of Pardons. Evnen said that he puts Nebraskans’ safety first when making Pardons Board decisions. Evnen was a co-founder and leader of Nebraskans for the Death Penalty, the group that secured a referendum on the death penalty after the legislature tried to repeal it, which Nebraskans overwhelmingly voted to keep in place in 2016.
Evnen and his wife Debra reside in Lincoln and have been married for 39 years. They have three grown children and three grandchildren, who are sixth generation Nebraskans.
Evnen looks forward to traveling the state in the coming weeks and months and throughout the campaign to visit with Nebraskans about their hopes and concerns.