Groene makes it official, resigns from Nebraska Legislature


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LINCOLN — State Sen. Mike Groene of North Platte stayed true to his word Monday and resigned from the Legislature.

Gov. Pete Ricketts’ office confirmed that it had received his resignation letter, effective Monday at 11:59 p.m.

Groene had said he intended to resign, after a former aide went public with a harassment complaint against him.

Receipt of Sen Groene Resignation

His former staffer said she found photographs of herself on Groene’s computer that were taken without her consent.

She told the Nebraska Examiner the photographs were “objectifying and demeaning,” including some that showed “close-ups of provocative body parts with explicit subject lines.”

Groene denied that he treated the legislative aide as a “sexual object.” He said he had taken about 20 pictures of her with office visitors and a few of her alone.

In an interview Friday, Groene said he needed to focus on “eternity and my family.” 

On Saturday, Sen. Megan Hunt of Omaha requested a criminal investigation of Groene’s alleged conduct.

She and fellow Omaha Sens. Machaela Cavanaugh and Patty Pansing Brooks said they would like to see the Legislature revisit how it handles harassment complaints from legislative staffers. 

Today, those complaints are sent to senators on the Legislature’s Executive Board. 

Ricketts will appoint Groene’s successor, as early as Tuesday.

“The people of District 42 deserve a conservative voice that reflects their values,” Ricketts said in a statement. “I am working to swiftly appoint someone who will fit this bill.”

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Derek Nester
Derek Nester
Derek Nester was born and raised in Blue Rapids and graduated from Valley Heights High School in 2000. He attended Cowley College in Arkansas City and Johnson County Community College in Overland Park studying Journalism & Media Communications. In 2002 Derek joined Taylor Communications, Inc. in Salina, Kansas working in digital media for 550 AM KFRM and 100.9 FM KCLY. Following that stop, he joined Dierking Communications, Inc. stations KNDY AM & FM as a board operator and fill-in sports play-by-play announcer. Starting in 2005 Derek joined the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network as a Studio Coordinator at 101 The Fox in Kansas City, a role he would serve for 15 years culminating in the Super Bowl LIV Championship game broadcast. In 2021 he moved to Audacy, formerly known as Entercom Communications, Inc. and 106.5 The Wolf and 610 Sports Radio, the new flagship stations of the Kansas City Chiefs Radio Network, the largest radio network in the NFL. Through all of this, Derek continues to serve as the Digital Media Director for Sunflower State Radio, the digital and social media operations of Dierking Communications, Inc. and the 6 radio stations it owns and operates across Kansas.

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