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Meet Shane

Shane Osborn is proud to have served our state and nation. Raised in Norfolk, the former Naval Aviator and Nebraska State Treasurer launched his bid to replace retiring U.S. Senator Mike Johanns in June of this year.

Committed to ensuring America remains strong and a beacon for opportunity, Shane Osborn is a leader willing to face challenges head on. His record of results and accountability in state office, his military and combat service, and his private sector experience will serve Nebraskans well in the U.S. Senate. As Senator, Shane wants to work to make the federal government transparent and more accountable to the people it serves.

Serving Our Nation
Trained to fly reconnaissance missions for the U.S. Navy, Shane and his 23 person crew were thrust into a national spotlight in April 2001 when a Chinese fighter jet struck the EP-3 plane Osborn was piloting mid-flight, severely damaging its engines, nose and wing. After pulling the aircraft out of an inverted dive and managing to land safely, Shane and his crew were taken into custody by Chinese soldiers.

As mission commander, Shane was separated from his crew and was vigorously interrogated over the 12 days they were held captive before their release was secured. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for courage and airmanship, and the Meritorious Service Medal for leadership during their ordeal. In the wake of the 9/11 attacks that followed later that year, Shane extended his service, flying combat reconnaissance missions in Afghanistan as part of Operation Enduring Freedom, for which he earned the Air Medal.

After nine years as a Naval Aviator and instructor pilot, he ended his military career in 2005, having risen to the rank of Lieutenant Commander.

Serving Our State
Shane returned home to Nebraska, entering a new arena of public service when he was elected to statewide office as Nebraska State Treasurer, managing $9 billion in transactions and $16 billion in pension investments, as well as overseeing unclaimed property and the Nebraska College Savings Plan.

Serving as State Treasurer from 2007 to 2011, Shane reduced his own budget by 11 percent and trimmed staff by 21 percent. He was a leading advocate for cutting state spending and budget transparency, launching NebraskaSpending.gov to provide an accessible way for taxpayers to view the entire state budget, as well as see historical spending data and a searchable database of state contractors. Shane strongly believes if the government is going to take money in the form of taxes from hardworking Nebraskans then the least government can do is give us a receipt.

He was elected president of the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators and served on the executive council of National Association of State Treasurers, which recognized his office in 2008 with its Marquis award for best practices in efficiency and technology.

Called a “rising star in American politics,” he was one of 24 leaders chosen by the Aspen Institute for its prestigious Aspen-Rodel Fellows Program in Public Leadership in 2007.

Nebraska Roots
Shane learned his work ethic from his mother, Diana. A single mom, she worked three jobs to provide for Shane and his sister. Her example and commitment to family remain his strongest influences today as a husband and a father of four.

With hard work, Diana eventually became Director of Nursing for the Norfolk Veterans Home, where Shane had the privilege of knowing the Veterans she cared for. His admiration for their service inspired him, and from the day he took his first flight at the age of four, his dreams were focused on flying Navy airplanes.

After graduating from Norfolk High School, he attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on an ROTC scholarship. He earned a degree in mathematics and statistics before entering the Navy to train as a Naval Aviator.

Since completing his military service and term as Nebraska State Treasurer in 2011, Shane has worked in the financial services field. He partnered with several disabled veterans to create, not just jobs, but career opportunities for returning post-9/11 veterans. Begun with a staff of four, today that business employs more than 40 people. He also helped to create the Nebraska Soldiers Foundation, which has established several clinics across Nebraska to help veterans and their families cope with the effects of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder.

The Osborn Family
Married in 2011, Shane and his wife, Stacie, are raising their family in Waterloo.

Stacie Osborn, a native of Glenwood, Iowa, was the starting pitcher for the Peru State Bobcats softball team, and earned a Bachelor of Science in business management and marketing. While previously working for the Silverstone Group, she became an expert on aviation property and casualty insurance. Today she runs a family business, CAVU Advisory, and is a full-time mom.

Shane Osborn is a former Naval Officer. Use of his military rank, job title or photographs in uniform do not imply endorsement by the Department of the Navy or the U.S. Department of Defense.

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