Democrats hold annual Morrison Exon Dinner Keynote speakers include Rep. Debbie Dingell and Mayor Pete Buttigieg

OMAHA- On October 6th, Nebraska Democrats will get together to celebrate the outstanding work of the volunteers from across the state.  Elected officials and candidates attend this annual event as a way to bridge our Party into the next election cycle. Over 130 Democrats hold elected office across the state of Nebraska. Our annual event celebrates them and the over 35 candidates running for offices in 2018.

Our evening’s Emcee is Roger Foster, Mayor of Crete. National Keynote Speakers include Rep. Debbie Dingell from the Michigan 12th, and Mayor Pete Buttigieg from South Bend, Indiana. You can check their bios below.

More info about the awards and event:

WHO: Nebraska Democrats, Emcee; Crete Mayor Roger Foster, and Keynote Speakers; Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and Mayor Pete Buttigieg (South Bend, IN).

WHAT: Celebrating the work of Nebraska Democrats in Nebraska over the last year and getting our Party ready for the 2018 election cycle.

WHEN:  Friday, October 6th. VIP Reception 5:00-6:00 PM, General Reception 6:00-7:00 PM,  Dinner and Awards begin at 7:00 PM.

WHERE: Hilton Hotel, 1001 Cass St, Omaha, NE 68102.

PRESS AVAIL: Keynote speakers Rep. Debbie Dingell (MI-12) and Mayor Pete Buttigieg (South Bend, IN) as well as Mayor Foster and Chair Kleeb are available for individual interviews day of the event. Contact Jacob to schedule a time for the interview on Oct. 6.


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Bios of Keynote Speakers and Emcee:

Roger Foster is the Mayor of Crete, Nebraska. Mayor Foster has stood up for rural towns and Dreamers, never backing down from doing what is right for his town and the state of Nebraska.

Mayor Foster’s leadership was recognized by Pres. Obama’s White House Task Force on New Americans. At the White House event, Mayor Foster said, “Crete has been a Welcoming community that dates back to our inception and it’s served our community well for the last century. Now, we welcome the blending of our Hispanic population to add to what makes the melting pot of Nebraska great.”

The town of Crete is seeing tremendous growth and will soon open a new Convention Center and has a climate action plan in place to develop renewable energy with small businesses.


Congresswoman Debbie Dingell represents the 12th District of Michigan in the U.S. House of Representatives.  Before being elected to Congress, Debbie was the Chair of the Wayne State University (WSU) Board of Governors.  An active civic and community leader, she is a recognized national advocate for women and children.

For more than 30 years, Rep. Dingell served one of Michigan’s largest employers, the General Motors (GM) Corporation, where she was President of the GM Foundation and a senior executive responsible for public affairs.  In her commitment to job creation, Debbie led the effort to bring the 10,000 Small Businesses initiative, a $20 million partnership designed to help create jobs and economic growth, to southeast Michigan.

With values instilled by her Catholic education, Debbie’s activism took root in her passion for issues important to women and children.  She successfully fought to have women included in federally-funded health research, and advocated for greater awareness of issues directly related to women’s health, including breast cancer and women’s heart health. She is a founder and past chair of the National Women’s Health Resource Center and the Children’s Inn at the National Institutes of Health (NIH).  She was a co-founder of both the first Race for the Cures in Michigan and in Washington, D.C. A known “bridge-builder,” she continues to promote and lead efforts toward greater understanding among people of differing points of views and backgrounds.

Debbie resides in Dearborn with her husband, retired Congressman John D. Dingell of Michigan (well-known by Millennials for his on-point Tweets about Trump and the GOP).  She holds both a B.S.F.S. in Foreign Services and an M.S. in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University.


Pete Buttigieg is the Mayor of South Bend, Indiana. He is one of America’s youngest mayors and the first gay elected executive in Indiana. Mayor Pete Buttigieg is a graduate of Harvard University and a Rhodes Scholar.

As an officer in U.S. Navy Reserve, Pete took a leave of absence to serve in Afghanistan in 2014, earning the Joint Service Commendation Medal for his counterterrorism work. Under his leadership, South Bend has addressed its toughest challenges and is growing at the fastest rate in years.

Mayor Pete ran for Chair of the DNC offering a rare and needed voice from a rural state with a fresh perspective on rebuilding our party. He often said “It’s time for new leadership to deliver a fresh start for our party. The solutions we need won’t start in Washington, they will come from our states and communities across America. We must move forward united, and begin building our future, together. I am a Democrat because I believe in defending freedom, fairness, families, and the future.”

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