A lifelong Nebraskan, Deb Fischer is the senior senator from Nebraska, and was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2012. Fischer is committed to working with Republicans and Democrats alike to advance sensible policies that will promote strong Nebraska families and communities.
Senator Fischer believes the first duty of Congress is to defend the nation. As a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, she is committed to neutralizing growing threats to our homeland and our allies. In her capacity as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Subcommittee on Emerging Threats and Capabilities, she is focused on working with our military to monitor the threats facing our nation and provide the appropriate tools for them to meet these challenges. This subcommittee’s jurisdiction includes cybersecurity policy.
Fischer also serves on the Senate’s Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee as chairman of the Subcommittee on Surface Transportation and Merchant Marine Infrastructure, Safety and Security. This chairmanship enables her to continue leading on transportation issues, which have been one of her top priorities dating back to her chairmanship of the Nebraska Legislature’s Transportation and Telecommunication Committee.
In addition to the Armed Services and Commerce Committees, Senator Fischer sits on the Committee on Environment and Public Works and the Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship. Fischer continues to advocate for policies that will promote innovation, more regulatory certainty for innovators, and modern rules for new technology.
Fischer has led the charge against regulatory overreach by the federal government, focusing on misguided rules issued by federal agencies that hurt middle-class families.
Senator Fischer is a member of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s leadership team, serving as counsel to the Majority Leader as well as a member of Senator John Cornyn’s Whip Team. Both positions give her a unique opportunity to present the concerns of all Nebraskans directly to the Republican Senate leadership.
Before her election to the U.S. Senate, Fischer served in the Nebraska Unicameral, representing the 43rd Legislative District since 2004. During her time in the state legislature, she was also a member of the Revenue Committee, Natural Resources Committee, and the Executive Board.
Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, Senator Fischer attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated with a degree in education. She and her husband, Bruce, have been married for over 40 years and own a ranching business near Valentine. There, they raised their three sons, all of whom have returned to live and work on the ranch. Fischer’s three grandchildren – Rachael, Margaret, and Bryan – are the newest generation of Fischers to live at the family ranch.