Hastings lawyer Les Seiler has been sworn in as a Nebraska state senator, representing District 33.
The seat has been vacant since Senator Dennis Utter passed away in late December.
Gov. Dave Heineman selected Seiler to fill the Legislative District 33 seat Friday. Saturday, state officials, community members, and Seiler's family and friends gathered for his swearing in.
Heineman says of all those he interviewed, Seiler made the best fit for the district, which encompasses Adams County and a portion of Hall County.
"He's a lifelong resident of Hastings. He's for lowering taxes, he cares about families, he's supportive of education, he's just a respected attorney and a respected community leader," Heineman says.
A leader whose values align well with the people in District 33.
"What's important is to reflect the values and the beliefs of this area," Heineman says. "That's what Les Seiler does. Everybody I talked to, I kept hearing, integrity, trust, honesty. That's the kind of person you want in the Nebraska Legislature."
Seiler says he's eager to get started by meeting with some of the people he's representing.
"I hope to bring their desires and go out and talk to them and talk to the villages and the cities and counties and the school districts and see what problems they're facing and try and bring the support to them," Seiler says.
Others in the Legislature are excited to welcome him.
"To see him get chosen for this is just a great moment for the Legislature," Speaker Mike Flood says. "It's obviously hard losing Senator Utter, but I think Senator Seiler, that has a nice ring to it, will do a good job."
Seiler says he's honored to begin what he called a "new adventure." His first day in the Legislature is Tuesday.