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David Heineman

Governors' Council Member; Former Governor of Nebraska

Headshot of David Heineman

David Heineman is a member of BPC’s Governors’ Council. He is the longest serving governor in Nebraska history, serving from 2005-2015. He is a former chair of the National Governors Association.

As governor, Heineman worked with the Nebraska Legislature to pass the two largest tax relief packages in Nebraska history. Under his watch, Nebraska opened its first- ever international offices in Tokyo, Japan and Shanghai, China.

A strong supporter of education, Heineman worked with the State Board of Education to require all high school students to take four years of English and three years of math, science and social studies, the first update to Nebraska’s high school graduation requirements in 25 years.

Prior to becoming governor, Heineman served three years as lieutenant governor and nearly seven years as state treasurer.

Heineman is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point and of the Army’s Airborne and Ranger Schools.