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OMAHA — Gov. Pete Ricketts on Thursday announced his appointment of Republican Kirk Penner, a businessman from Aurora, to a vacant seat on the Nebraska State Board of Education.

Penner will complete the remainder of the term of Patricia Timm of Beatrice, who resigned from the District 5 seat in October, citing personal health reasons.

District 5 includes much of the south side of Lincoln, and rural areas of Southeast Nebraska largely south of the Platte River from Phillips to Ashland. The term runs through Jan. 4, 2023.

Kirk Penner

​Penner has 16 years experience on the Aurora Public Schools board, the Governor’s Office said in a news release.

He holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Nebraska Wesleyan University, the release said.

Penner is president of Penner Patient Care, which distributes bathing systems to long-term care facilities. He’s also president of Penner Manufacturing, which makes and assembles bathing systems in its Aurora facility for use in the health care industry and residential settings.

He is president of the Aurora Development Corp., which recruits businesses to Aurora and encourages investment in Hamilton County.

In 2018, Penner ran for Congress in Nebraska’s sprawling and largely rural 3rd District.

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