- Shane Osborn
imagesize = 150px
name = Shane Osborn
small_| office = Nebraska State Treasurer
term_start = January 2006
predecessor = Ron Ross
birth_date = birth date and age|1974|6|21
Loomis, South Dakota, United States
party = Republican
spouse = Teri Gallagher Osborn
children = Avery, Isabella, Addison
Shane Osborn (born
June 21 1974in Loomis, South Dakota) is the Republican State Treasurerin Nebraska. Osborn is married to the former Teri Gallagher and together they have three children: Avery, Isabella, and Addison.
Osborn graduated from Norfolk High School in 1992 and then attended the
University of Nebraska-Lincolnon a Naval ROTCscholarship. After graduating in 1996 with a degree in statistics and actuarial science, Osborn entered flight school for the United States Navyand was eventually assigned to the "World Watchers" Fleet Air Reconnaissance Squadron One.
In 2005, Osborn separated from the Navy as a Lieutenant after nine years of active duty.
In 2006, Osborn won the Republican nomination for the office of Nebraska State Treasurer by defeating Republican incumbent Ron Ross, who had been appointed to the position on January 6, 2004 [ [http://nebraskalegislature.gov/web/public/bluebook Nebraska Legislature] ] by Governor of Nebraska
Mike Johanns. In the Nebraska Republican Primary, Osborn took 63 percent [ [http://www.sos.state.ne.us/elec/canvass/primary2006/TREAS.htm State of Nebraska] ] of the more than 233,000 votes cast, and Ross 36 percent [ [http://www.sos.state.ne.us/elec/canvass/primary2006/TREAS.htm "Ibid."] ] . In the General Election, Osborn defeated John H. Gaithings of the Nebraska Party, 76 percent to 23 percent [ [http://www.sos.state.ne.us/elec/canvass/general2006/treas.htm "Ibid."] ] .
In 2007, the Aspen Institute selected Osborn to be a part of their Aspen-Rodell Fellows Program in Public Leadership [ [http://www.aspeninstitute.org/site/c.huLWJeMRKpH/b.612149/k.F4CA/Aspen_InstituteRodel_Fellowships_in_Public_Leadership.htm Aspen Institute] ] and was also elected Vice President of the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators [ [http://www.unclaimed.org National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators] ] .He is also a shareholder with the SilverStone Group, a financial services firm in
Hainan Island incident
April 1 2001, Osborn was piloting an EP-3Eairplane with a 23 member crew about 70 miles away from the Chinese island of Hainanin international airspace [ [http://archives.cnn.com/2001/WORLD/asiapcf/east/04/12/air.collision.03/index.html CNN archives] ] when it collided with a Chinese J-8IIM fighter jet. The EP-3E's propellor cut the J-8 in half. The fighter's nose section cartwheeled upward, smashing into the EP-3E's nose and tearing off the radome. The impact sent Osborn's plane into an inverted dive, dropping 8,000 feet in 30 seconds and falling another 6,000 feet before Osborn had the EP-3E's nose up and wings level. [ [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0IAX/is_6_85/ai_110732276 Lt. Shane Osborn: looking at a miracle | Naval Aviation News | Find Articles at BNET.com ] ] In a September 2003 article in the "Naval Aviation News", Osborn told Jim Turnbull that once he regained control of the plane he "called for the crew to prepare to bail out." [ [http://findarticles.com/p/articles/mi_m0IAX/is_6_85/ai_110732276 Lt. Shane Osborn: looking at a miracle | Naval Aviation News | Find Articles at BNET.com ] ] So they donned parachutes and initiated an emergency plan, which included destroying intelligence equipment and sensitive documents on board.
After landing the EP-3E on the Lingshui Air Base on Hainan Island, Osborn and his crew were taken to a Chinese military barracks where they were detained and interrogated for 12 days. On April 11, 2001 they were released from Chinese custody and returned to the United States. After the
Hainan Island incident, Osborn was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism and extraordinary achievement in flight. [ [http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage.html?res=9C0CEFD81F3AF93AA25756C0A9679C8B63 New York Times] ] Later in 2001, Osborn released a book, "Born to Fly: The Untold Story of a Downed American Spy Plane", in which he provided his own account of the Hainan Island Incident.
* [http://www.treasurer.state.ne.us/index.asp Nebraska State Treasurer] Official site
* [http://www.osbornfortreasurer.com/ Shane Osborn for Treasurer] campaign site
* [http://www.randomhouse.com/author/results.pperl?authorid=34337 Random House author profile]
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