Senator Ben Sasse has pushed himself into the spotlight of U.S. politics by positioning himself as one of the leading critics of the Donald Trump administration, even though he is a Republican. After failing to support Trump in the primaries for the 2016 U.S. parliamentary elections, he has since criticized the government’s policies, particularly with regard to Russia and Vladimir Putin, immigration, and the like.
After working in various departments in Washington DC, his rise to Capitol Hill came as no surprise to observers. Read on to learn more about this conservative senator.
Senator Ben Sasse’s Bio
Ben Sasse first welcomed Mother Earth on February 22, 1972, when he was born Benjamin Eric Sasse to the family of Gary Lynn and Linda Sasse in Plainview, Nebraska, a state in the United States. His father had two jobs to support his family as a high school teacher and soccer coach.
He has a long list of academic qualifications, all of which began when he received his high school education at Fremont Senior High School in Fremont, Nebraska. He graduated as the best student in his class in 1990 and then enrolled at Havard University. With the goal of becoming a leader, he majored in government and received his bachelor’s degree in 1994.
Of course, his thirst for knowledge was not satisfied, so this led him to further academic pursuits when he enrolled at the Graduate Institute of St. John’s College, where he earned a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies. Senator Ben Sasse also attended Yale University, where he earned a doctorate in history, a master of arts, and a master of philosophy.
Before Ben became Senator Ben Sasse, he pursued a career in management consulting as soon as he left college. In September 1994, he began his career with the Boston Consulting Group as an Associate Consultant. After working with the consulting firm for just over a year, Ben joined a Christian organization called Christians United for Reformation (CURE), and he was appointed Managing Director after they merged with the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals (ACE).
The aspiring politician was then appointed Chief of Staff of the Office of Legal Policy at the U.S. Department of Justice, where he served between 2004 and 2005. He then also worked with Republican Congressman Jeff Fortenberry as Chief of Staff, representing Nebraska, although this only lasted six months in 2005 (January-July), when he was offered another position as a national security advisor to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security in Washington, DC.
Meanwhile, Ben Sasse had a position as a part-time professor at the University of Texas, but later became a full-time professor between September 2005 and December 2006, before working as a consultant for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). He was later to work as an assistant secretary in a department of the HHS after being nominated by then-president George W. Bush and confirmed by the U.S. Senate.
He served as President of Midland University (formerly Midland Lutheran College) after being appointed in October 2009. He was the 15th president of the institution, as his term was considered a great success. Senator Ben Sasse is also an author with two influential books: The Vanishing American Adult (2017) and Them: Why We Hate Each Other – and How to Heal (2018).
In October 2013 Ben Sasse expressed interest in running for the seat in the U.S. Senate of Nebraska. The seat was to become vacant the following year, as Republican Senator Mike Johanns, who was in the Senate at the time, had announced that he would not run for re-election to the Senate. Sasse’s announcement was very well received in his state, and his fundraising was a success, as the amount he received set a record for the highest amount raised by any individual donor in the state.
He would ride on this goodwill and achieve his party candidacy with a landslide victory over other experienced politicians. This drove him to the general elections on November 4, 2014, in which he also defeated the Democratic Party candidate, David Domina, who won with 64.4% of the total votes cast.
Senator Ben Sasse’s Net Worth
The Senate of the United States can claim that a few millionaires are sitting in its chambers. However, as we note, Senator Ben Sasse does not yet seem to be one of them – or perhaps he is, but has not yet revealed it, as time will show. His current net worth is not currently on record or is not clear at this time.
Family Life – Wife
The life of Senator Ben Sasse is not only about his political life since he has a family to which he would always return at the end of the day. He is a husband and also a father. Ben Sasse is married to Mellisa Mcleod Sasse. And although there are no details on how and when they met, the couple has three children together, named Alexandra, Breck, and Elizabeth Sasse.