KERREY, J. Robert (1943-)
Senate Years of Service: 1989-2001

KERREY, J. ROBERT, a Senator from Nebraska; born in Lincoln, Lancaster County, Nebraska, August 27, 1943; attended the Lincoln Public schools; graduated from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln 1966; served in the United States Navy SEAL special forces unit, 1966-1969; wounded in Vietnam and awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for "conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity at the risk of his life"; operated a chain of restaurants and fitness centers 1972-1982; Governor of Nebraska 1983-1987; elected as a Democrat to the United States Senate in 1988; reelected in 1994, and served from January 3, 1989, to January 3, 2001; was not a candidate for reelection in 2000; chairman, Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (One Hundred Fourth Congress); president, The New School in New York City 2001-2010; member, National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States (9-11 Commission) 2003-2004; unsuccessful Democratic candidate for election to the United States Senate in 2012.

University of Nebraska
Archives and Special Collections
Lincoln, NE
Papers: 28 boxes. Senatorial papers including correspondence.

  • Kerrey, Robert. When I Was a Young Man: A Memoir. New York: Harcourt, Inc., 2002.