Mary Ridder has announced her intention to run for a second term on the Nebraska Public Service Commission (PSC).
Ridder, a rancher and writer from rural Callaway, won the PSC’s 5th District seat in the 2016 general election, and began her 6-year term in January of 2017. She served as Chair of the PSC in 2018, 2019 and 2020.
She graduated from Creighton University and received an EDGE certification in Entrepreneurism from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Commissioner Ridder and her husband have four daughters, a son-in-law, two sons and daughters-in-law, and five grandchildren.
“I enjoy the challenge of being a Commissioner,” she said. “We regulate several industries such as telecommunications and passenger carriers, railroad safety and natural gas jurisdictional utilities, grain warehouses and dealers, and manufactured homes and recreational vehicles. We’re also responsible for funds such as the 911 Service System Fund which is helping to build the Next Generation 911 system in Nebraska.”
Her District is made up of 47 counties in central and western Nebraska, with the possibility of another four counties being added following Redistricting currently underway in the Legislature’s Special Session.