WAYNE – Mike Hilgers is the current Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature and recently announced his candidacy to be Nebraska’s next Attorney General.
Current Attorney General Doug Peterson made a public announcement earlier this week that he was not going to seek re-election as the Nebraska Attorney General.
Hilgers talked about the reason why he decided to run.
“The reality is as we sit here today one of the most important things that we need to protect is the rule of law in the constitution,” said Hilgers. “Those fights right are being played out in courtrooms around the country by attorney generals around the country. We need someone to step up like General Peterson has.”
The official announcement came on Wednesday, December 15 during the Madison County GOP. Speakers of the Legislature Mike Flood and Jim Scheer, both of Norfolk, have endorsed his candidacy and introduced Mike Hilgers earlier this week.
The first stop for Hilgers was Wayne before moving to Columbus, Fremont and heading to several communities in the western part of the state.
Hilgers is also in his second year as the Speaker of the Legislature. He manages the 49 members of the Nebraska Unicameral while setting the agenda and helps dictate many of the priorities that come to the floor.
“We have some real opportunities next year both to cut taxes and we also have a one-time set of federal funds through the ARPA dollars,” Hilgers added. “A little over a billion dollars that the legislature will be looking to try to wisely spend.”
He also starts the campaign with the endorsements of Governor Pete Ricketts, Lieutenant Governor Mike Foley, United States Senator Deb Fischer, Congressman Don Bacon, Congressman Adrian Smith, former Governor Dave Heineman and former Governor Kay Orr, among other party leaders.
“I’ve gotten the opportunity to work with his team (Attorney General Peterson) that he’s built during the legislative session,” Hilgers mentioned. “They just got a really great professional, thoughtful, principal team there. He’s really done an outstanding job building a team in the last eight years, so it’s been really a great opportunity for me to work with them.”
Visit www.mikehilgers.com for more information.
The Nebraska Primary is on May 10, 2022 along with General Election on November 8, 2022.