Nebraska Authors

Joseph Robert Kerrey

AKA: Bob

Born 1943 Lincoln, NE (USA)

Vietnam Veteran, Navy SEAL officer, Kerrey was awarded the Congressional Medal of Honor for combat in which he was severely wounded. He was Governor of Nebraska 1983-1987, United States Senator from Nebraska, 1989-2001. From 2001 to 2010, Kerrey was President of the New School in New York.

Kerry earned a reputation as an incisive critic of political clich├ęs and obfuscation. As Governor, he had the Nebraska National Guard park a tank on railroad tracks at the state border when the federal government failed to notify him of a rail shipment of nuclear waste. He was a very successful, though at the end of his tenure a controversial leader of the New School in New York City.

For other Nebraska connections to the New School see: Alvin Saunders Johnson

Places Lived

New York

Author Of

  • Biography




BS, 1966, University of Nebraska-Lincoln


Former Nebraska Senator
University President

Places Worked

New York City


Nebraska 150 Books honor for When I Was a Young Man, 2017
Medal of Honor


Navy SEAL, 1967-1969
US Senator, 1988-2000
President of New School, 2001-2010


When I Was a Young Man. 2002.

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