Meet Bob Krist

A retired veteran of the U.S. Air Force, who flew more than 100 combat sorties during his 21 year military service, is running for governor because Nebraskans want a strong, independent leader who will lower taxes and stand up for the most vulnerable.

About Senator Bob Krist

Bob Krist is a true Nebraskan. Born on March 29, 1957 in Omaha, Senator Krist graduated with honors from Creighton Preparatory School in 1975. He later attended the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology in 1979. He received his Master of Arts degree in business administration and human relations from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1982.

Senator Krist represents the Tenth Legislative District, an area which encompasses portions of northwest Omaha, unincorporated areas of north-central Douglas County, and the City of Bennington. Governor Dave Heineman appointed Senator Krist to the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature in 2009. He was elected to a four-year term in 2010, and re-elected in 2014.


Bob Krist served in the United States Air Force from 1979 to 2000 when he retired as a lieutenant colonel.

Still an active pilot, Krist has flown more than thirty different fixed and rotary wing aircraft, logging approximately 14,000 hours airborne.

In 1997, he became Chief of Plans and Programs for the 55th Wing at Offutt Air Force Base. In 1998, he was chosen as an Active Duty Air Force Adviser to the Governor and the Adjutant General in the State of Nebraska.

In the Legislature, his colleagues elected him to serve as the Chairman of the Executive Board. His committee assignments include the Judiciary Committee; the Education Committee; the Legislative Performance Audit Committee; the Legislature’s Planning Committee; and the Department of Correctional Services Special Investigative Committee of the Legislature.

“Bob Krist is a thoughtful leader who has advocated for the downtrodden and those invisible to state government. He has a great heart.”

State Sen. Laura Ebke

Crete, Libertarian and former Republican / Omaha World-Herald, July 23, 2017


Krist is the former president of the Madonna School in Omaha, whose mission is to serve students and adults with cognitive and developmental disabilities to become as independent as possible. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award by the National Guard Association of Nebraska; and was named the Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Nebraska Association of Behavioral Health Organizations in 2013.

Krist is a recipient of the Air Force Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and Aerial Achievement Medal among other honors. He was inducted into the Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame in 2014.


Following his Air Force career, he and wife Peggy chose Omaha as their permanent home. They have been married since 1980 and are the parents of two adult children, Justin and Courtney. Senator Krist has one grandson, Lucas.

Krist family