Midland University leader considering U.S. Senate bid

May 30, 2013

Midland University president Ben Sasse is considering a run for U.S. Senate next year.

Midland University president Ben Sasse.
Credit Midland University

Sasse announced Wednesday afternoon via a video on YouTube that he’ll embark on what he’s calling a “listening tour” this summer. Sasse, who’s served as president of Midland University since 2010, says he decided to explore a Senate bid after Governor Dave Heineman announced last weekend he wouldn’t run.

Sasse says he’s motivated to explore a Senate bid because of what he sees as significant issues facing the country, such as the national debt and health care.

Sasse, who’s also a former Assistant Secretary of Health and Human Services, says he’ll decide on a Senate bid by the end of the summer.

U.S. Senator Mike Johanns announced earlier this year he won’t seek re-election in 2014.