Gov. Heineman Names New Lt. Governor

Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann

Lt. Gov. Lavon Heidemann

Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has chosen former state Sen. Lavon Heidemann of Elk Creek as his new lieutenant governor.

Heidemann , a University of Nebraska regent, took the oath office during a public ceremony Wednesday at the Capitol.

The 54-year-old Heidemann served as chairman of the Legislature’s Appropriations Committee during his eight years in the Legislature. He left because of term limits.

Heidemann, a Republican, replaces former Lt. Gov. Rick Sheehy. Sheehy resigned earlier this month following news that he had made thousands of calls to women, other than his wife, on his state-issued cellphone.

Heidemann is a farmer and livestock producer. He also is a volunteer firefighter.