As a fourth generation Nebraskan, Scott Kleeb has deep roots in three great traditions of this state: agriculture, patriotism and public service.
As he visited US Army bases throughout Europe, Scott was deeply impressed by the values and commitment of American service men and women. Many of his closest friends today serve their country in the American Armed Forces, willingly spending long months and years away from loved ones in order to contribute to global peace and prosperity. Scott is convinced that the American military has a critical role to play in the world, and that it cannot shrink from duties that it is uniquely qualified to fulfill. He is tremendously proud of the military's accomplishments in Europe, and determined to see that record of success upheld in Afghanistan and Iraq. (Scott on National Security)
Determined to help reverse rural decline, Scott set his sights on a career in public service. He became president of the local chapter of College Democrats and served as a lead campus coordinator for Gene Nichol's campaign for the United States Senate. After graduating summa cum laude, he applied and was accepted to graduate school at Yale University—a school long recognized for its pioneering research in the issues of the American West. Recognizing that the health of Plain State agriculture today is tightly linked to political and economic developments around the world, Scott pursued a Masters Degree in International Relations. For his doctoral dissertation, he focused on the history of American cattle ranching. Most of his research was done from the back of a pick-up, as he traveled through every state west of the Mississippi, listening to the stories of farmers, ranchers and small-town workers. (Scott on Working Families)
Scott heard tales of hardships brought on by globalization. He heard about the decline in commodity prices and the loss of manufacturing jobs. He heard about stagnant wages and rising costs of living (Scott on Health Care). But he also heard tales of triumph; cases where creative leadership and targeted investment enabled some towns and cities to fare better than their neighbors. The lesson was simple: Nebraskans need more than business as usual from their leaders. They need energy, innovation and investment, and they need it now.
"Elected officials in this state tend to talk about free trade as though it were a self-fulfilling prophecy," Scott said. "In reality, Nebraska wasn't ready for free trade, and these deals have been hard on our rural communities.
As politics continue to go global, Scott Kleeb offers Nebraska a representative who is as comfortable grappling with international developments as he is wrestling a steer in a branding pit. With your support, he will fight to ensure that issues critical to the future of this state - investment in schools, access to health care, lower energy costs, upgraded communications systems, diversified agriculture and expansion of the small business base, to name but a few - get the attention they deserve in Washington.