Ben Sasse, U.S. Senator from Nebraska

Ben Sasse

U.S. Senator from Nebraska

Benjamin Eric Sasse was born in February 1972 in Plainview, Nebraska. He earned an undergraduate degree in government from Harvard University. He studied abroad at the University of Oxford. He earned an M.A. in liberal studies from the Graduate Institute of St. John’s College, later earning an M.A., Ph.M, and Ph.D. in history from Yale University. 

Sasse worked as a consultant at a business management firm. He later became executive director of the Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals. He served as chief of staff for the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Legal Policy and was a part-time professor at the University of Texas at Austin. He was an advisor to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. He served as counselor to the secretary at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. 

He was nominated by President George W. Bush to be assistant secretary of planning and evaluation at the Department of Health and Human Services. He was confirmed by the Senate and served in President Bush’s administration for the duration. He worked 13 years at Midland Lutheran College (now Midland University), part of the time as vice president of finance, and then as president. 

Sasse was elected to the United States Senate representing Nebraska, assuming office in January 2015. 

He is married to Melissa and they have three children. He was raised Lutheran and is now Presbyterian. 

In the News…

Although President Biden’s administration has echoed other Western allies in pressing for Russia’s suspension from Interpol, the agency has not denied Moscow access to its databases, due to its stated commitment to “neutrality.” It has pledged instead to apply “heightened supervision and monitoring measures in relation to Russia.” 

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse is now calling for Russia to be removed from Interpol, an international agency that helps coordinate law enforcement in 195 countries. In a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland and Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Sasse called Interpol’s “pledge” a small step in the right direction, but criticized it as inadequate to “protect Interpol against potential abuses by the Russian government or to ensure that Russia does not exploit Interpol’s intelligence-sharing function to further harm the people of Ukraine.” 

Senator Sasse went on to say that Russia and China have reportedly used the agency to target domestic political opponents. 

Sasse also asks the attorney general and secretary of state what specific steps they have taken to deliver on “the Attorney General’s call to remove Russia from Interpol,” what steps “the DOJ and State have taken to substantiate the security and safety concerns that Russia poses by its participation in Interpol,” and whether President Biden’s administration has been coordinating with the other “Five Eyes” members to remove Russia. (The Five Eyes are the United States, Britain, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.) 

Contact this Leader…

Did you pray for Senator Sasse today? You can let him know at:

The Honorable Ben Sasse 
Senator from Nebraska 
139 Russell Senate Office Building 
Washington, DC 20510 


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