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(Neb)-Sec Of State Gale Won't Run Again

By: John Axtell Posted at: 03/20/2017 04:49 PM
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) -  Nebraska Secretary of State John Gale says he will not seek re-election to a fifth term next year. The 76-year old Gale was appointed in 2000 then-Gov. Mike Johanns and won his first full term in 2002.

       Gale says he's announcing his decision now, 14 months before the primary election, to give the "many potential candidates out there who will be interested in this job" plenty of time to make their own decision and file.

     Gale says "Being Secretary of State has been one of the most fulfilling, exciting and memorable experiences of my career. I feel very lucky to have been able to offer my public service as a constitutional officer to Nebraska and its citizens."

     His tenure in office has included efforts to increase voter participation, highlighted by online voter registration and an expansion of both early voting and voting by mail. He also spearheaded efforts to
improve online services for businesses and says he has "a bucket list" of important projects he wants to finish or at least start before leaving office.

      Gale had never been a political candidate before being appointed Secretary of State, but had been active in Republican politics for many years and had served as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Roman Hruska.

       He was also an assistant U.S. Attorney in Nebraska and practiced law in North Platte for 29 years before becoming Nebraska's 26th Secretary of State.

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Biography of Secretary of State John Gale

Gale was born on Oct. 23, 1940, in Omaha. A fifth-generation Nebraskan, Gale has close ties with different parts of the state. He grew up in Ogallala and Omaha and later lived in North Platte. He is a graduate of Omaha North High School, received a B.A. degree from Carleton College in Northfield, Minnesota, and earned a law degree from the University of Chicago.

He practiced law in North Platte for 29 years before serving as secretary of state. His background also includes service as a legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Roman Hruska in Washington, D.C., and as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Nebraska.

While living in North Platte, he was active in the Sunrise Rotary Club, Chamber of Commerce, local and state bar associations, Boy Scouts, United Way and Great Plains Regional Medical Center. He has served in various positions in the Nebraska Republican Party, including chairman in 1986.

Gale’s family includes his wife, Carol; sons David of Bassett, Nebraska, and Steven of Laramie, Wyoming; daughter Elaine of Sacramento, California; and five grandchildren.


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