Mike Foley (Nebraska politician)

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Mike Foley
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41st Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska
Assumed office
January 8, 2015
GovernorPete Ricketts
Preceded byJohn Nelson
Auditor of Nebraska
In office
January 3, 2007 – January 8, 2015
GovernorDave Heineman
Preceded byKate Witek
Succeeded byCharlie Janssen
Member of the Nebraska Legislature
from the 29th district
In office
Preceded byLaVon Crosby
Succeeded byTony Fulton
Personal details
Born (1954-04-05) April 5, 1954 (age 66)
Rochester, New York, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationState University of New York,
Michigan State University (MBA)
WebsiteGovernment website

Mike Foley (born April 5, 1954) is an American politician serving as the 41st and current Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska since 2015. A Republican, Foley was previously elected to the Nebraska Legislature from 2001 to 2007 and served as the state's Auditor of Public Accounts from 2007 until 2015.

Personal life[edit]

Foley was born in Rochester, New York and graduated from Bishop Kearney High School in 1972, the State University of New York at Brockport in 1976, and Michigan State University with an M.B.A. He held summer positions in the offices of the United States Department of Transportation and the United States International Trade Commission. For 18 years, he was the director of financial analysis for the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners in Washington, DC. Prior to that position he was a consultant with Kirschner Associates.

He is married to Nebraska native Susan (Seiker) Foley. They have six children and are members of St. Peter's Catholic Church in Lincoln, Nebraska.

State legislature[edit]

Foley was elected in 2000 to represent the 29th Nebraska legislative district, and reelected in 2004 with 70% of the vote. He sat on the Judiciary and the Transportation and Telecommunications committees. He resigned in January, 2007 to become state auditor after winning a statewide election for that position in the 2006 election cycle.

In 2005, senator Foley opposed two bills prohibiting the state government's discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation; regarding the measures, he stated, "[H]omosexual conduct is wrong. And it's OK to think that it is wrong. And it is OK to say that it is wrong."[1]

Auditor of Public Accounts[edit]

On November 7, 2006 Foley defeated incumbent Democrat Kate Witek to become Nebraska State Auditor. In 2010 he was re-elected to a second term with 80% of the statewide vote.

Candidate for Lt. Governor of Nebraska[edit]

Pete Ricketts selected Foley to replace Lavon Heidemann as his running mate in the 2014 Nebraska governor's race.[2]


  1. ^ Hicks, Nancy. "Sexual orientation language part of budget bill". Lincoln Journal Star.
  2. ^ http://www.omaha.com/news/metro/pete-ricketts-chooses-mike-foley-as-running-mate/article_11a24050-383e-11e4-ac0d-0017a43b2370.html
Political offices
Preceded by
Kate Witek
Auditor of Nebraska
Succeeded by
Charlie Janssen
Preceded by
John Nelson
Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska