Bob Kerrey, a Democrat, represented Nebraska as a U.S. senator from 1989 to 2001. He is currently the Democratic nominee for his former Senate seat.
As a Democratic senator from Nebraska, Bob Kerrey gained a reputation over his two terms as a maverick willing to challenge
partisanship on both sides to tackle the toughest problems. He worked with
Republicans like George H.W. Bush and Newt Gingrich to balance the budget and
cut spending, and, with Republican Senator Jack Danforth, chaired the pioneering
Bipartisan Commission on Entitlement and Tax Reform, which first called the
nation's attention to the still growing crisis of entitlement spending. Kerrey
and Republican Congressman (now Senator) Rob Portman of Ohio led a nationwide
investigation into IRS abuses that helped lead to groundbreaking reforms. In
1992, he ran for President of the United States in a campaign that first put
the crisis of spiraling health care costs and uninsured Americans on the
In 2012, with the problems he had addressed in the Senate, like the deficit
and entitlements, once more growing out of control, Kerrey decided to run once again for the seat he occupied until 2001.