During his time as Governor, Ricketts has worked with the state legislature to deliver more than $1.5 billion in direct property tax relief, reduce the rate of state spending growth, create new workforce development programming, cut unnecessary red tape to bolster Nebraska’s business-friendly climate, and expand international markets for Nebraska’s farmers and ranchers. Thanks in part to the Governor’s leadership, Nebraska won the Governor’s Cup for the most economic development projects per capita three years in a row, from 2016 to 2018. Ricketts was also appointed to serve on the Council of Governors and the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations.
Born in Nebraska City and raised in Omaha, Ricketts is the son of an entrepreneur and a schoolteacher. Ricketts and his wife, First Lady Susanne Shore, have three children.