Leavenworth Street has learned that Nebraska State Senator Beau McCoy will run for the 2014 GOP nomination for Nebraska Governor.
McCoy’s decision comes after Falls City businessman Charles Herbster dropped out of the race because of his wife’s health.
McCoy had been a Herbster supporter.
McCoy was elected in 2008 to represent the 39th Nebraska legislative district. He currently sits on the Banking, Commerce and Insurance, Intergovernmental Cooperation, and Natural Resources committees.
Senator McCoy identifies himself as pro-life. He supports Second Amendment rights, believes in the death penalty, and is against in-state tuition benefits for illegal aliens.
He introduced a bill (LB494) that would impose felony penalties on owners of dangerous dogs that seriously injure other people. Serious injuries caused by dogs, if his bill passes, would lead to a maximum of five years in prison, a $10,000 fine or both.
McCoy and his wife Shauna are the parents of three children: Audrey, Ryan, and Nora. McCoy has been active in the Republican Party since his teens. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership, Summa cum Laude, from Bellevue University, where he was the national committeeman for the Nebraska Federation of Young Republicans. Before being in the Nebraska State Legislature, he was a home improvement contractor.
Things just got even MORE exciting!
And we haven’t even heard from Pete Ricketts yet — whom both the OWH and LJS say is “expected” to join the race.