Shane Osborn

Shane Osborn

Infobox Politician

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name = Shane Osborn
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small_| office = Nebraska State Treasurer
term_start = January 2006
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predecessor = Ron Ross
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birth_date = birth date and age|1974|6|21
birth_place = Loomis, South Dakota, United States
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party = Republican
relations =
spouse = Teri Gallagher Osborn
children = Avery, Isabella, Addison
residence =Omaha
occupation =State Treasurer
religion =Lutheran

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Shane Osborn (born June 21 1974 in Loomis, South Dakota) is the Republican State Treasurer in 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-Lincoln on a Naval ROTC scholarship. After graduating in 1996 with a degree in statistics and actuarial science, Osborn entered flight school for the United States Navy and 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 [ [ Nebraska Legislature] ] by Governor of Nebraska Mike Johanns. In the Nebraska Republican Primary, Osborn took 63 percent [ [ State of Nebraska] ] of the more than 233,000 votes cast, and Ross 36 percent [ [ "Ibid."] ] . In the General Election, Osborn defeated John H. Gaithings of the Nebraska Party, 76 percent to 23 percent [ [ "Ibid."] ] .

In 2007, the Aspen Institute selected Osborn to be a part of their Aspen-Rodell Fellows Program in Public Leadership [ [ Aspen Institute] ] and was also elected Vice President of the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators [ [ National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators] ] .He is also a shareholder with the SilverStone Group, a financial services firm in Omaha, Nebraska.

Hainan Island incident

On April 1 2001, Osborn was piloting an EP-3E airplane with a 23 member crew about 70 miles away from the Chinese island of Hainan in international airspace [ [ 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. [ [ Lt. Shane Osborn: looking at a miracle | Naval Aviation News | Find Articles at ] ] 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." [ [ Lt. Shane Osborn: looking at a miracle | Naval Aviation News | Find Articles at ] ] 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. [ [ 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.


External links

* [ Nebraska State Treasurer] Official site
* [ Shane Osborn for Treasurer] campaign site
* [ Random House author profile]

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