Bob Krist

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Bob Krist
Bob Krist photo.jpg
Member of the Nebraska Legislature
from the 10th district
In office
September 11, 2009 – January 9, 2019
Preceded byMike Friend
Succeeded byWendy DeBoer
Personal details
Born (1957-03-29) March 29, 1957 (age 62)
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Political partyRepublican (Before 2017)
Independent (2017–2018)
Democratic (2018–present)
EducationUniversity of St. Thomas, Minnesota (BA)
Webster University (MA)
Military service
Allegiance United States
Branch/service United States Air Force
Years of service1979–2000
RankUS-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel
Battles/warsOperation Desert Shield
Operation Desert Storm
AwardsAir Medal ribbon.svg Air Medal
Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation ribbon.svg Air Force Commendation Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal ribbon.svg Aerial Achievement Medal

Robert J. Krist (born March 29, 1957) is an American politician serving in U.S. state of Nebraska. He represents the 10th District, including part of Omaha, in the Nebraska Legislature, and was the Democratic nominee for Governor of Nebraska in the 2018 election.

Personal life[edit]

Krist was born in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1980, he married Margaret Mary O'Connor.[1]


Krist graduated with honors from Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1975. He attended the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology in 1979. He obtained a Master of Arts degree in business administration and human relations from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1982.

Military career[edit]

Krist served in the United States Air Force from 1979 to 2000 and retired as a lieutenant colonel.[2] During his stint in the Air Force, Krist held key leadership positions directing critical missions including the high visibility Looking Glass mission at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Nebraska.[3] He scheduled operations and flew missions on the Looking Glass EC-135 aircraft, which was the Airborne Command Post for Strategic Air Command.[3]

Among other operations, Krist served in both Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.[3] In 1998, he was chosen as an Active Duty Air Force Advisor to then-Nebraska Governor Ben Nelson and the Adjutant General of Nebraska.[3]

In 2014, Krist was inducted into the Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame.[3] In 2017, Nebraska Secretary of State, John Gale, appointed him to serve on the Honor a Veteran Honorary Steering Committee.[4]

Nebraska State Legislature[edit]

Krist was appointed to the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature by Governor Dave Heineman on September 11, 2009, to replace Senator Mike Friend. He won election to this office in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014.[2] Krist represents the 10th Legislative District, an area encompassing some of the northwest portion of Omaha, the entire City of Bennington, and a north-central portion of Douglas County.[5] In 2015, senators elected him Chairman of the Executive Board of the Legislative Council and he also served as Chairman of the Referencing Committee.[2]

His standing committee assignments in the Legislature include the Judiciary Committee, the Agriculture Committee, and the General Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Rules Committee and the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Committee.[6]

2018 Governor campaign[edit]

In 2017, Krist expressed interest in running for the Nebraska governorship in 2018. He initially indicated that he might run against incumbent Pete Ricketts in the Republican primary.[7] In July 2017, he stated that he would run as a third-party candidate, and that he would remain a Republican until the end of his term in the Legislature.[8] In September 2017, he announced his candidacy, and stated that he would change his party registration to "nonpartisan" later that day.[9] In February 2018, he changed his registration to the Democratic Party, and said that he would run for that party's gubernatorial nomination.[10]

Krist won the primary election on May 15, 2018, defeating two other candidates.[11]


Krist is currently the Contract Manager for the United States Army Corps of Engineers Northwest Division Aviation Program. He has served as a pilot since 2000 and the Chief Pilot since 2002.[3] The Division Aircraft is based at Offutt Air Force Base in the Omaha District and also services the Kansas City, Missouri, Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington and Walla Walla, Washington districts.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Biography". Nebraska Legislature. Retrieved May 19, 2017. Archived February 2, 2017.
  2. ^ a b c Nebraska Blue Book 2014-15, p. 292. Nebraska Legislature website. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame. Nebraska Department of Aeronautics website. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  4. ^ Honor a Veteran Honorary Steering Committee, Nebraska Secretary of State website. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  5. ^ Map of Legislative District 10, Nebraska Legislature website. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  6. ^ State Senator Bob Krist profile, Nebraska Legislature website. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  7. ^ Walton, Don. "Krist may challenge Ricketts in 2018". Lincoln Journal Star. May 2, 2017. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  8. ^ Konnath, Hailey. "Nebraska State Sen. Bob Krist to leave GOP, try to challenge Ricketts as third-party candidate". Omaha World-Herald. July 15, 2017. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  9. ^ Young, JoAnne. "Omaha Sen. Bob Krist announces his independent run for governor". Lincoln Journal Star. September 13, 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  10. ^ Walton, Don. "Krist drops independent bid, will challenge Ricketts as a Democrat". Lincoln Journal Star. February 12, 2018. Retrieved February 12, 2018.
  11. ^ Duggan, Joe (May 16, 2018). "Pete Ricketts, Bob Krist cruise to wins in governor's race". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
  12. ^ US Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division. Retrieved October 1, 2009.

External links[edit]

Party political offices
Preceded by
Chuck Hassebrook
Democratic nominee for Governor of Nebraska
Most recent