Ricketts to appoint new Senator for seat left empty by Rich Pahls' death

(Lincoln, NE) -- Nebraska Governor Pete Ricketts will appoint a new state senator to fill the vacancy left in the Unicameral following the death of Senator Rich Pahls.

Ricketts' office says the Governor will announce the appointment during a press conference at 11:30 Tuesday morning. The appointee will be officially sworn in to represent District 31 in the Nebraska Legislature during the Tuesday event.

The vacancy was created by the passing of Senator Rich Pahls on April 27, 2022. The new senator will serve until January 3, 2023. During the November general election, voters will elect a member of the Legislature for District 31 to serve the remainder of the unexpired term, from January 2023 to January 2025.

District 31 is in Douglas County and includes most of the Millard neighborhood in southwest Omaha. A map of the district can be found here.

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