Ben NelsonBen Nelson
) is an American
politician from Nebraska
, where he was born and has lived for most of his life. He was an attorney and insurance executive before being elected governor as a Democrat
in 1990, and was easily reelected in 1994. He left the office in 1999 after two terms, not running for reelection and being succeeded by a Republican
, Mike Johanns. However, he was nominated to the Senate in 2000, after his fellow Democrat, incumbent Bob Kerry, announced his retirement. Nelson won that election.