Plattsmouth mayor sworn in as new state senator (AUDIO)

Sec. of State John Gale swears in new Sen. Paul Lambert as former Sen. Dave Pankonin and Lambert's wife, Patty, look on

Gov. Heineman introduces Plattsmouth Mayor R. Paul Lambert as the new District Two State Senator, replacing Dave Pankonin of Louisville, who is resigning.
“There were several key factors in my decision,” Heineman explains his appointment during a Capitol news conference. “First, Paul has been the mayor of Plattsmouth for eight years. He understands the challenges of local government. He knows that we must control spending and Paul is a common-sense Nebraskan.”
The Secretary of State has issued the oath of office, making Lambert’s appointment as senator official.
Lambert, 61, has been mayor of Plattsmouth for eight years. He first won appointment to the Plattsmouth City Council and won election to the First Ward seat twice. He won election as City Council President in 2003 and became mayor later in the year. Lambert is in automotive sales and has been a licensed real estate agent.
Lambert says he comes to the position with no agenda, except for one.
“The one thing I do want to do is make Nebraska a better state,” Lambert says, “Make our government work more efficiently, serve the people better.”
Legislative District 2 encompasses Cass, Otoe and Sarpy counties in southeast Nebraska.
AUDIO: Gov. Heineman introduces new state Senator Paul Lambert, who is sworn in [4:30 mp3]