Ricketts Announces Schnoor as Janssen's Successor

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LINCOLN, Neb. Last night at the Nebraska Cattlemen’s Annual Convention Banquet, Governor-elect Pete Ricketts announced the selection of David A. Schnoor, a veteran and cattleman from Scribner, to fill the District 15 legislative seat vacancy.

Schnoor will be sworn into office at a ceremony with Secretary of State John Gale, Governor Dave Heineman, and Governor-elect Pete Ricketts at 1:30pm today in the Governor’s Hearing Room at the Nebraska State Capitol.

“It is an honor to have the opportunity to continue to serve my state and country in this new capacity as the next state senator from Dodge County,” said David Schnoor of Scribner. “I look forward to working with Governor-elect Ricketts to provide meaningful property tax relief, boost career and vocational training at our schools, and create jobs in our rural communities.

“David’s military service and business-minded ag background set him apart in the field of applicants,” said Governor-elect Pete Ricketts. “His broad talents and strong values have made him a leader in his community, and his district can count on him to champion their priorities in the Nebraska Unicameral.”

Schnoor, 52, operates a farm near Scribner with his family and owns and operates Schnoor Feedyard, a commercial cattle feeding operation. From 1980 to 2000, he served in the United States Air Force, retiring at the rank of Master Sergeant. During this time, Schnoor served overseas in Panama, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, and Haiti where he conducted and supported combat operations. He was awarded a Bronze Star with a “V” device for Valor during the rescue of a downed helicopter with sensitive cargo on board in Panama.

Schnoor is a graduate of Scribner High School and holds two Associate Degrees from the Community College of the Air Force at Pope Air Force Base in North Carolina.

Schnoor currently serves as President of the Scribner-Snyder School Board, as Sergeant at Arms for American Legion Scribner Post 121, and as a Director on the Board of the Dodge County Cattlemen. He is a Past President of the Dodge County Cattlemen, Past Commander of the Scribner Legion, and Past Commander of the Dodge County Legion. He is also a member of the Columbus Post 84 Legion Riders, Snyder Veterans of Foreign Wars, Fremont Alliance Church, Scribner Community Improvement Program, and the Scribner Area Chamber. Schnoor and his wife Nickie have been married for 11 years and have 6 children.

Legislative District 15 includes all of Dodge County in Northeast Nebraska. Schnoor’s appointment lasts through January 3, 2017, and he is eligible for election to a 4-year term in November 2016. This appointment fills a vacancy created by State Senator Charlie Janssen’s resignation on December 11, 2014 in anticipation of his swearing in as Nebraska State Auditor on January 8, 2015.