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Elected as Nebraska’s 31st Attorney General in 2002, Jon Bruning has dedicated his career to defending the defining principles of the United States Constitution. Re-elected without opposition in 2006 and 2010, he continues to push against federal expansion by leading multi-state legal challenges against unconstitutional congressional actions and federal agency regulations.
Known as the “people’s lawyer,” Jon is committed to protecting Nebraska‘s agricultural and industrial interests by opposing the federal Environmental Protection Agency’s job-killing greenhouse gas emission regulations. He is leading the battle to defend Nebraska’s state sovereignty and maintain a positive environment for innovation and entrepreneurship.
As president of the National Association of Attorneys General (2009-10), Jon's commitment to limited government motivated him to take a leadership role in the fight against the unconstitutional 2010 federal health care law known as Obamacare. Today, he continues to help lead the 26-state coalition in its fight to protect the individual liberties guaranteed to every American under the U.S. Constitution. Throughout this landmark suit, Jon has been a consistent voice highlighting the unconstitutional congressional overreach of the law while advocating for fiscal responsibility to ensure a bright future for all Nebraskans. Whether through the courts or the legislative process, Jon looks forward to the repeal of this law that could ultimately cost Nebraskans nearly $500 million.
A three-term Nebraska Attorney General, Jon has translated his commitment to fiscally conservative principles into action. To improve accessibility for Nebraska consumers while working to reduce overall costs, Jon increased the use of highly trained, unpaid volunteers in the Attorney General’s Office consumer division. Since he took office in 2003, the consumer division has increased recoveries from just under $500,000 to nearly $1 million annually, and under his guidance, more than $7.6 million has been recovered for Nebraska consumers.
Jon is committed to serve Nebraskans by safeguarding limited resources and working within spending limits. To help recover precious resources squandered by criminal fraud, Jon asked the Nebraska Legislature to create and partially fund the Attorney General’s Office Medicaid Fraud Unit. Since its creation in 2004, the Unit has recovered more than $33 million for taxpayers in return for an investment of less than $1 million. The success of the Unit is a testament to Jon's commitment to do more with less.
Jon received his undergraduate and law degrees with distinction from the University of Nebraska. He and his wife of 16 years, Deonne, live in Lincoln, with their two children, Lauren and Jack.