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Robert J. Krist (born March 29, 1957) is a politician from the U.S. state of Nebraska. He represents the 10th District, including part of Omaha, in the Nebraska Legislature.

Bob Krist
Bob Krist photo.jpg
Member of the Nebraska Legislature
from the 10th district
Assumed office
September 2009
Preceded by Mike Friend
Personal details
Born (1957-03-29) March 29, 1957 (age 60)
Omaha, Nebraska, U.S.
Political party Nonpartisan
Alma mater University of St. Thomas, Minnesota
Webster University
Awards Air Medal ribbon.svg Air Medal
Meritorious Service Medal ribbon.svg Meritorious Service Medal
Air Force Commendation ribbon.svg Air Force Commendation Medal
Aerial Achievement Medal ribbon.svg Aerial Achievement Medal
Military service
Service/branch  United States Air Force
Years of service 1979–2000
Rank US-O5 insignia.svg Lieutenant Colonel
Battles/wars Operation Desert Shield
Operation Desert Storm


Personal lifeEdit

Krist was born in Omaha, Nebraska. In 1980, he married Margaret Mary O'Connor.[1]


Krist graduated with honors from Creighton Preparatory School in Omaha, Nebraska, in 1975. He attended the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in sociology in 1979. He obtained a Master of Arts degree in business administration and human relations from Webster University in St. Louis, Missouri in 1982.

Military careerEdit

Krist served in the United States Air Force from 1979 to 2000 and retired as a lieutenant colonel.[2] He flew more than 100 combat sorties.[3] Still an active pilot, Krist has flown more than thirty different fixed and rotary wing aircraft, logging more than 15,000 hours airborne.[3]

During his 21 years in the Air Force, Krist held key leadership positions directing critical missions including the high visibility Looking Glass mission at Offutt Air Force Base in Bellevue, Nebraska.[4] He scheduled operations and flew missions on the Looking Glass EC-135 aircraft, which was the Airborne Command Post for Strategic Air Command.[4] At the time of his retirement he had flown all models of the RC-135 reconnaissance aircraft.[3]

Among other operations, Krist served in both Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm.[4] His first Command was an operational squadron flying combat reconnaissance sorties over Southwest Asia. In 1997, he was appointed as Chief of Plans and Programs for the 55th Wing at Offutt AFB where Krist coordinated Wartime Plans and Logistics Movements of over 4,000 personnel and billions of dollars of resources in one of the largest Wings in the United States Air Force.[3] In 1998, he was chosen as an Active Duty Air Force Advisor to then-Nebraska Governor Ben Nelson and the Adjutant General of Nebraska.[4]

During his career Krist served as the Commander of two Combat Flying Squadrons and the Operations Officer in three others.[3] His operational assignment locations included Keflavík, Iceland; Souda Bay, Crete, Greece; Riyadh and Al Kharj, Saudi Arabia; Shemya, United States; Aviano, Italy; Frankfurt am Main, Germany; Budapest, Hungary; Diego Garcia; RAF Mildenhall, United Kingdom; Istres, France; Okinawa Prefecture and Tokyo, Japan.[3]

Krist is a recipient of the Air Force Air Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, and Aerial Achievement Medal among other honors.[3] In 2014, he was inducted into the Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame.[4] In 2017, Nebraska Secretary of State, John Gale, appointed him to serve on the Honor a Veteran Honorary Steering Committee.[5]

State legislatureEdit

Krist was appointed to the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature by Governor Dave Heineman on September 11, 2009, to replace Senator Mike Friend.[6] He won his election for this office in 2010 and was re-elected in 2014.[6] Krist represents the 10th Legislative District, an area encompassing some of the northwest portion of Omaha, the entire City of Bennington, and a north-central portion of Douglas County.[7] In 2015, senators elected him Chairman of the Executive Board of the Legislative Council and he also served as Chairman of the Referencing Committee.[6]

His standing committee assignments in the Legislature include the Judiciary Committee, the Agriculture Committee, and the General Affairs Committee. He also serves on the Rules Committee and the Justice Reinvestment Oversight Committee.[8]

In 2017, Krist expressed interest in running for the Nebraska governorship in 2018. He initially indicated that he might run against incumbent Pete Ricketts in the Republican primary.[9] In July 2017, he stated that he would run as a third-party candidate, and that he would remain a Republican until the end of his term in the Legislature.[10] In September 2017, he announced his candidacy, and stated that he would change his party registration to "nonpartisan" later that day.[11]

Public serviceEdit

Krist was a member of the board of directors for the Madonna School for students of exceptional needs in Omaha, Nebraska, from 1992 to 2008. He served as board president from 2005 to 2008.[6] He is an active member in the local chapter of the Air Force Association and is a member of the 55th Wing Association.[3]


Krist is currently the Contract Manager for the United States Army Corps of Engineers Northwest Division Aviation Program. He has served as a pilot since 2000 and the Chief Pilot since 2002.[4] The Division Aircraft is based at Offutt Air Force Base in the Omaha District and also services the Kansas City, Missouri, Portland, Oregon, Seattle, Washington and Walla Walla, Washington districts.[12]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Biography". Nebraska Legislature. Retrieved May 19, 2017. Archived February 2, 2017.
  2. ^ Nebraska Blue Book 2014-15. Nebraska Legislature website. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h Krist, R.J. Personal interview. September 14, 2009.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Nebraska Aviation Hall of Fame. Nebraska Department of Aeronautics website. Retrieved February 21, 2015.
  5. ^ Honor a Veteran Honorary Steering Committee, Nebraska Secretary of State website. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  6. ^ a b c d Nebraska Blue Book 2014-15, Nebraska Legislature website. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  7. ^ Map of Legislative District 10, Nebraska Legislature website. Retrieved February 20, 2012.
  8. ^ State Senator Bob Krist profile, Nebraska Legislature website. Retrieved March 21, 2017.
  9. ^ Walton, Don. "Krist may challenge Ricketts in 2018". Lincoln Journal Star. May 2, 2017. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  10. ^ Konnath, Hailey. "Nebraska State Sen. Bob Krist to leave GOP, try to challenge Ricketts as third-party candidate". Omaha World-Herald. July 15, 2017. Retrieved July 16, 2017.
  11. ^ Young, JoAnne. "Omaha Sen. Bob Krist announces his independent run for governor". Lincoln Journal Star. September 13, 2017. Retrieved September 13, 2017.
  12. ^ US Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division. Retrieved October 1, 2009.

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