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Jon Bruning


Jon Bruning was elected Attorney General of Nebraska three times, beginning with his election in 2002 and reelections in 2006 and 2010. When first elected, he was the youngest Attorney General in the nation and the youngest in Nebraska’s history. Prior to being elected Attorney General, he was elected as a Nebraska State Senator in 1996 and 2000. In 2009-10, Bruning served as President of the National Association of Attorneys General.

A fifth-generation Nebraskan, Bruning received both his undergraduate and law degrees with distinction from the University of Nebraska. Jon is admitted to the Bars of Nebraska, Iowa, the Eighth Circuit, the D.C. Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska with his wife, Deonne. They have two children, Lauren and Jack.

Bruning has earned a national reputation as a states’ rights advocate and consistently challenged unconstitutional federal expansion and regulation during his tenure as Attorney General.  His administration was also lauded not only for safeguarding the state’s natural resources and financial interests, but for working with law enforcement to hold criminal offenders accountable.

Federal Challenges

Bruning aggressively fought to protect Nebraska’s agricultural and business interests by opposing job-killing overreach by the federal government. Bruning challenged overly burdensome federal regulation that stifled business development and innovation more than 30 times during his three terms.

Consumer Protection

Under Bruning’s leadership, the Attorney General Office’s Consumer Protection Division worked with companies to resolve issues with consumers.  Bruning steadfastly protected Nebraska interests and held bad actors accountable without employing a “litigate first and ask questions later” philosophy.  The Office’s Consumer Protection Mediation Center increased recoveries from just under $500,000 to an average of more than $1.1 million annually under Jon’s watch.

Medicaid Fraud

To help recover precious taxpayer dollars squandered by criminal fraud, Bruning asked the Nebraska Legislature to create and partially fund the AGO Medicaid Fraud Unit. During his tenure as Attorney General, the Unit recovered more than $70 million for taxpayers with the state’s investment of less than $1 million. The success of the Unit fulfilled Bruning’s promise that it would be self-funded by 2007.

Criminal Prosecution

A consistent advocate for victims, particularly women and children, Bruning strengthened the Attorney General’s Criminal Division to better investigate and prosecute crimes related to violence, sexual offenses and child exploitation, including those crimes occurring online. He has earned a national reputation for his aggressive crackdown on online sexual predators and child pornographers.

In 2009, while President of the National Association of Attorneys General, his Presidential Initiative “Virtual World, Real Crime” worked in partnership with technology and communications companies to create awareness and provide tools for members of law enforcement nationwide. To crack down on the Internet-based child pornography trade, program training was provided to investigators focusing on file sharing via peer-to-peer networks. In addition, Bruning spearheaded a task force to establish a best practices guide for companies to better protect children. The guide, still in use today, streamlined the subpoena process and established protocols for quick and efficient response to law enforcement investigating matters involving child exploitation.

Legislative Efforts

Finally, Bruning worked annually to strengthen Nebraska laws by working with members of law enforcement to develop and support legislative efforts to protect Nebraskans. Successful initiatives put the methamphetamine pre-cursor drug, pseudoephedrine, behind retail counters, resulting in an 86% reduction in clandestine meth labs throughout the state. Other measures criminalized online child enticement, cracked down on drunk driving, and outlawed designer drugs like K2 being sold to children online. During Bruning’s 12 years in office, he successfully passed 37 legislative package bills that were signed into law.

  • J.D. University of Nebraska School of Law (with Distinction)
  • B.S. University of Nebraska, Lincoln (with High Distinction) - History
  • Attorney General of Nebraska (2003-2015)
  • President of the National Association of Attorneys General (2009-2010)
  • State Senator, Nebraska (1996-2002)
  • Nebraska State Bar Association
  • American Council of Young Political Leaders
  • Nebraska State Courts
  • Iowa State Courts
  • Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • D.C. Circuit Courts of Appeals
  • U.S. Supreme Court

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