Mike Foley (Nebraska politician)
|41st Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska|
January 8, 2015
|Preceded by||John Nelson|
|Auditor of Public Accounts of Nebraska|
January 3, 2007 – January 8, 2015
|Preceded by||Kate Witek|
|Succeeded by||Charlie Janssen|
|Member of the Nebraska Senate
from the 29th district
|Preceded by||LaVon Crosby|
|Succeeded by||Tony Fulton|
April 5, 1954 |
Rochester, New York, U.S.
|Alma mater||State University of New York,
Michigan State University
Mike Foley (born April 5, 1954) is the 41st and current Lieutenant Governor of Nebraska, serving since 2015. A Republican, Foley has also served as a member of the Nebraska Legislature and as Nebraska Auditor of Public Accounts from 2007 until 2015.
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 worked summer in the offices of congressman Michael J. Harrington. 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 and they have six children and are members of St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Lincoln, Nebraska.
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, legislator 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."
Auditor of Public Accounts
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