Alito Supreme Court confirmation assured

WASHINGTON, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- The ascension of Samuel Alito to the U.S. Supreme Court was all-but assured Thursday, with more than 50 U.S. senators saying they will support the nomination.

Alito opposition may bring electoral gains

WASHINGTON, Jan. 25 (UPI) -- Democrats opposing U.S. Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito may not succeed in stopping the nomination but could reap electoral gains from their stand.

Senate fails to end debate on Patriot Act

WASHINGTON, Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Supporters of a four-year extension of the Patriot Act failed to muster enough votes in the U.S. Senate to end a bipartisan filibuster Friday.

Alito testing Senate comfort level

WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (UPI) -- Following a series of courtesy calls with U.S. senators, Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito received a thumbs-up from at least one Democrat.

Republicans woo Democrats on Alito vote

WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- The Bush administration is courting moderate Democrats to support the Supreme Court nomination of conservative U.S. Judge Samuel Alito.

System sends disaster info via wireless

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11 (UPI) -- A bill currently making its way through the U.S. Senate calls for development of a notification system that would use wireless and cellular technology to convey

Florida assesses damage from Dennis

PENSACOLA, Fla., July 11 (UPI) -- Damage assessment was under way across north Florida Monday following Hurricane Dennis, a strong, fast-moving storm that claimed one Florida life.

Senate approves Pryor judgeship nomination

WASHINGTON, June 9 (UPI) -- Former Alabama Attorney General William Pryor was approved Thursday for a lifelong seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals in a 53-45 vote of the U.S. Senate.

Senate impasse may bring confrontation

WASHINGTON, May 17 (UPI) -- A bipartisan group of U.S. senators worked toward a compromise ahead of a confrontation over judicial nominees that could close all Senate business.

Conservative group attacks Sen. Graham

WASHINGTON, March 29 (UPI) -- The conservative Club for Growth is attacking in TV ads Sen. Lindsey Graham's proposal to increase the cap on income subject to Social Security taxes.

Stenberg may seek '06 rematch with Nelson

OMAHA, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- Former Nebraska Attorney General Don Stenberg, who lost a 2000 Senate race to Democrat Ben Nelson by slightly more than 15,000 votes, is angling for an '06 rema

James Dobson threatens six senators

COLORADO SPRINGS, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Evangelical leader James C. Dobson is threatening six Democratic senators if they block conservative appointees to the Supreme Court.

Osborne says 'No' to Nebraska Senate bid

OMAHA, Dec. 9 (UPI) -- Former Nebraska Cornhuskers' head coach Tom Osborne said he would not be a candidate for U.S. Senate in 2006, the Omaha World-Herald said Thursday.

Nebraska's Nelson rebuffs GOP overtures

OMAHA, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson turned down a Bush Cabinet post and rebuffed appeals from Republican leaders to switch parties, the Omaha World-Herald said Tuesday.

Osborne is gorilla in Nebraska politics

OMAHA, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- U.S. Rep. Tom Osborne, former Nebraska Cornhuskers football coach, says he was surprised people considered him a potential Senate candidate.
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Ben Nelson
Sen. Ben Nelson (D-NE) speaks after the Senate and House reached an agreement on the $789 billion economic stimulus package on Capitol Hill in Washington on February 11, 2009. The bill includes increased unemployment benefits, money for states that face budget deficits and preserves President Obama's requested tax cut. Both Houses are expected to vote on the new package in the coming days. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)

Earl Benjamin "Ben" Nelson (born May 17, 1941) is the Senior U.S. Senator from Nebraska, where he was born and has lived for most of his life. A Democrat, he was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2000.

A native of McCook, in southwestern Nebraska, Nelson earned a B.A. in 1963 from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, followed by a M.A. in 1965, and a J.D. in 1970. Nelson's early career as assistant general counsel for Central National Insurance Group of Omaha was followed by service as Nebraska's State Insurance Director before he returned to Central National Insurance as an executive vice president; he eventually became the company's President.

Nelson entered politics in 1990, when he was elected the 37th Governor of Nebraska. He was easily re-elected in 1994 with 74% of the vote. Nelson ran for an open seat in the U.S. Senate in 1996, losing to Republican Chuck Hagel, and left the Governor's office in January 1999 due to term limits, after serving two full terms. Nelson was elected to the U.S. Senate in the 2000 election after incumbent Bob Kerrey retired.

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