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Charles Thone
34th Governor of Nebraska

In office
January 4, 1979 – January 6, 1983
Lieutenant Roland Luedtke
Preceded by James Exon
Succeeded by Bob Kerrey
Member of the United States House of Representatives
In office
January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1979
Preceded by Robert Denney
Succeeded by Doug Bereuter
Personal details
Born January 4, 1924(1924-01-04) (age 97)
Hartington, Nebraska, U.S.
Political party Republican
Alma mater University of Nebraska, Lincoln

Charles Thone (born January 4, 1924) is an American Republican politician. He was the thirty-fourth Governor of Nebraska.

Early life[]

Thone was born in Hartington, Nebraska. He has three brothers, including John Jr. He graduated from Holy Trinity High School (now Cedar Catholic High School). During World War II, he served in the Infantry and in the field artillery and the Army Air Corps of the United States Army as a non-commissioned officer and as an officer.

Political career[]

Following graduation from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Law in 1950, he set up private practice in Lincoln, Nebraska.[1] He was deputy secretary of state for Nebraska from 1951 to 1952.[2] In 1952, he became President of the Nebraska Junior Chamber of Commerce. He married Ruth Raymond on August 16, 1953.[3] From 1954 to 1970, he served as Administrative Assistant to U.S. Senator Roman Hruska.

Thone was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1971, representing Nebraska's 1st congressional district. During his tenure in Congress, he was assistant minority whip, and he served on the House Select Committee on Assassinations.


In 1979, he became the 34th Governor of Nebraska, a post he held until 1983, when he was narrowly defeated for reelection by Bob Kerrey. He chaired the Old West Economic Development Commission from 1981 to 1982, and the Agricultural Committee of the President's Export Council from 1982 to 1985.

Later career[]

In the 1992, he cast one of the state's five electoral votes for President George H. W. Bush. In 2008 he did the same for John McCain.[4]

Since retiring from public life, he has practiced law in Lincoln, Nebraska at the law office of Erickson and Sederstrom.[5]


  1. "THONE, Charles, (1924 - )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  2. "Charles Thone". National Governors Association. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  3. "Charles Thone". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 7 October 2012. 
  4. Tysver, Robinn (208-11-30). "2nd District's Obama elector relishes role". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved 2008-12-22. "The four Nebraska Republicans who will cast electoral ballots this year on behalf of John McCain are longtime party stalwarts: former Nebraska Gov. Charles Thone of Lincoln..." [dead link]
  5. "Lincoln Attorneys". Sederstrom Law Office. Retrieved 19 June 2015. 

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United States House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert Denney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Doug Bereuter
Political offices
Preceded by
James Exon
Governor of Nebraska
Succeeded by
Bob Kerrey

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