Don Stenberg is a native Nebraskan who grew up in Tekamah, Nebraska. His parents owned and operated a small business out of their home. To earn money for college Don detasseled corn, hauled bales, mowed lawns and life guarded at the local swimming pool. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Don walked on to the track team where he lettered and won an athletic scholarship.
After graduating from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School, Don practiced law in Lincoln, Nebraska, until, in 1979, he was named Legal Counsel to the Governor of Nebraska. Don has also served as Director of the Governor’s Policy Research Office, Assistant to the Governor and Director of the Department of Administrative Services of the State of Nebraska, where he saved Nebraska taxpayers more than $1 million by implementing cost saving measures.
As Nebraska’s Attorney General from 1991 to 2003, Don led the fight for tough anti-crime legislation to protect Nebraska families. He fought in court to protect Nebraska’s irrigation water. And he personally argued in favor of Nebraska’s ban on partial birth abortion in the Supreme Court of the United States. Don effectively and efficiently operated Nebraska’s Attorney General’s Office on the third smallest budget in the United States.
Since taking office as State Treasurer in 2011, Don has cut the State Treasurer’s Office budget by more than 14 percent, saving Nebraska taxpayers more than $2.8 million. He also has reduced the size of the office staff and made improvements to the StateSpending.Nebraska.gov website that raised its rating by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (U.S.PIRG) from D to A-. Under his direction, Nebraska’s 529 College Savings Plan has been recognized by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine for the variety of its options, and two of the savings plans have received the highest “5-Cap” rating by the nationally recognized website, savingforcollege.com.
Don is a past-President of the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators and current Midwest Vice President of the National Association of State Treasurers. In 2017, Don received the Harlan Boyles/Edward T. Alter Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of State Treasurers (NAST) and the President’s Award from the National Association of State Auditors, Comptrollers and Treasurers (NASACT) for his leadership, commitment, and service.
Don is married to the former Sue Hoegemeyer of Hooper, Nebraska. Don and Sue Stenberg have been married 46 years and have four children.
Seven principles, in addition to honesty and hard work, guide my actions as your State Treasurer.
I have directed my staff to use the latest technology, as it becomes available, to reduce the cost of doing business and to minimize the number of employees needed to perform our assigned duties.Customer Service
We work for you, the Nebraska taxpayer. I have instructed my staff to be responsive, helpful and courteous in responding to requests for service or information.Transparency
State finances should be an open book and should be easily accessible to the public online.Wise Investments
When it comes to state investments, safety of principal should be a very high priority.Diligence
We will make every effort to return unclaimed property to the Nebraskans to whom it belongs.Education
Because education is so important to the future of our state, we will do our best to make Nebraskans aware of the advantages of the Nebraska College Savings Program as a way to save for the college education of their children or grandchildren.Sound Financial Practices
As State Treasurer, I will be an advocate for sound financial management practices at both the state and federal level.