Ben Nelson
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"Earl Benjamin" ""Ben"" "Nelson" is an American politician and member of the Democratic Party (United States)/Democratic Party who served as the 37th Governor of Nebraska from 1991 to 1999 and as a United States Senate/United States Senator from Nebraska from 2001 to 2013.

Nelson was an insurance executive before he entered politics. His first run for office was in 1990, when he United States gubernatorial elections, 1990/narrowly defeated incumbent Republican Party (United States)/Republican Governor Kay A. Orr. He was re-elected by a landslide Nebraska gubernatorial election, 1994/in 1994.[http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9507E4DE1E39F933A25752C1A962958260 THE 1994 ELECTIONS: CONGRESS; Who Won Where - The Races For Governor - New York Times] He ran for an open United States Senate/U.S. Senate seat United States Senate election in Nebraska, 1996/in 1996, losing in an upset to Republican Chuck Hagel. He was elected to Nebraska's other Senate seat in U.S. Senate election, 2000/in 2000 and was re-elected United States Senate election in Nebraska, 2006/in 2006. He did not run for a third term United States Senate election in Nebraska, 2012/in 2012 and left the Senate in 2013.

Nelson was one of the most conservative Democrats in the Senate, frequently voting against his party.

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