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Fischer says she'll seek third Senate term in 2024

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Sen. Deb Fischer said Friday she's already decided that she is going to seek a third term in 2024, recognizing the importance that seniority plays in determining how effective a member of the U.S. Senate can be.

"I am going to run for the Senate again," Fischer said during a telephone interview from Washington.

"I've already decided," she said. "And I think it's good to get things out early.

"If you want to get things done, seniority matters," Fischer said.

Fischer's early announcement not only informed voters, but also sent a signal to potential 2024 Senate candidates who might be considering whether to enter the race.

Although Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts has not revealed any potential political plans after he is term-limited out of office at the end of 2022, a Senate bid has been high on the speculative list along with a possible bid for the 2024 Republican presidential nomination if that race is wide-open.

No senator from Nebraska has sought a third term in the last three decades, not since Democratic Sen. Jim Exon was re-elected in 1990.  

Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel and Democratic Sens. Bob Kerrey and Ben Nelson did not seek re-election after serving two terms. 

Fischer, a former two-term state senator, had been viewed as a potential 2022 gubernatorial candidate before announcing her intention to remain in the Senate. 

Fischer said she is positioned to move up the ladder in seniority on Senate committees with a third term and that, she said, "makes it easier to advance legislation and get things done."

Reach the writer at 402-473-7248 or dwalton@journalstar.com.

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