Elected as Nebraska’s 32nd Attorney General in 2014, Doug Peterson has dedicated his career to being an advocate for Nebraskans both in state and federal court. From 1988 to 1990 he served as an Assistant Attorney General in the civil litigation department. That experience gave him key insight to the important role the office of Attorney General serves in protecting all Nebraskans.
Doug Peterson was born in Columbus, Nebraska and grew up primarily in Lincoln. He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a business degree in 1981, and from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1985. Following law school, Mr. Peterson spent two years in North Platte, Nebraska, prosecuting both criminal and civil cases for the Lincoln County Attorney. From 1988 to 1990, he served as Assistant Attorney General to the Nebraska Attorney General’s office, representing the State in employment law matters and tort litigation. Since 1990, Mr. Peterson has been in private practice.
Prior to being elected Nebraska’s Attorney General, Peterson’s private practice centered mainly upon employment, commercial and personal injury litigation. He is admitted to practice before both the Nebraska and Federal District Courts, the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. He successfully represented the employer in the case of Adkins v. Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad Comp., 260 Neb. 156 (2000) and has tried interstate commerce clause cases in the U.S. District Court on behalf of small businesses, including the reported decision of U & I Sanitation v. City of Columbus, 205 F. 3d 1063 (2000). In 2008 he represented a 16 year old head-injured plaintiff, a case which the plaintiff was awarded one of the largest damage awards ever awarded in Nebraska.
Peterson is committed to defending Nebraska’s agriculture interests and Nebraska’s energy sources against federal overreach imposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. He strongly believes in State rights and the Constitutional limitations of the 10th Amendment. He is committed to working closely with law enforcement agencies across the State to ensure that Nebraska streets are safe. He specifically committed to advancing stronger legislation and enforcement in the area of human trafficking. Peterson is also an advocate for strong consumer protection laws to protect all Nebraskans.
Doug and Sandi have three adult children, Clay and his wife Shanna, daughter Kylie and her husband Noah Heflin and grandchild Avri, and youngest son Grant.
Peterson was elected Nebraska Attorney General on November 4, 2014, defeating his Democrat opponent 67%-33%.