Biography

About Deb

A lifelong Nebraskan, Deb Fischer is the senior senator from Nebraska, and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. Fischer is committed to working with Republicans and Democrats alike to advance sensible policies that will promote strong Nebraska families and communities. 

Senator Fischer believes the first duty of Congress is to defend the nation. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, she is committed to neutralizing growing threats to our homeland and our allies. In her capacity as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Strategic Forces, she is focused on ensuring that our nation has a nuclear deterrent that is modern and effective. This subcommittee also has direct oversight of U.S. Strategic Command, which is located in Nebraska.

Fischer also serves on the Senate’s Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee and serves as chairman of the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security. This chairmanship enables her to continue leading on transportation issues, which have been one of her top priorities dating back to her chairmanship of the Nebraska Legislature’s Transportation and Telecommunication Committee.

In addition to the Armed Services and Commerce Committees, Senator Fischer sits on the Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Special Committee on Aging. As a leader in the charge against regulatory overreach by the federal government, she focuses on misguided rules issued by federal agencies that hurt middle-class families. She is also in a strong position to fight for the interests of Nebraska’s seniors.

Lastly, Senator Fischer serves as a member of the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. Fischer is a Nebraska cattle rancher with over 40 years of experience working with agriculture producers and rural and economic development groups all across the state. She serves as chairman of the Livestock, Marketing, and Agriculture Security Subcommittee.

Senator Fischer is a member of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s leadership team, serving as counsel to the Majority Leader as well as a member of Senator John Cornyn’s Whip Team. Both positions give her a unique opportunity to present the concerns of all Nebraskans directly to the Republican Senate leadership.

Before her election to the U.S. Senate, Fischer served in the Nebraska Unicameral, representing the 43rd Legislative District since 2004. During her time in the state legislature, she chaired the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee. She was also a member of the Revenue Committee, the Natural Resources Committee, and the Executive Board.

Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, Senator Fischer attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated with a degree in education. She and her husband, Bruce, have been married for over 40 years and own a ranching business near Valentine. They have three sons and three grandchildren.

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