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Charles Thone (January 4, 1924 – March 7, 2018) was an American Republican politician. He was the 34th Governor of Nebraska, serving from 1979 to 1983. He previously served as a member of the United States House of Representatives, representing Nebraska's 1st congressional district, from 1971 to 1979.

Charles Thone
Charles Thone 1977 congressional photo.jpg
34th Governor of Nebraska
In office
January 4, 1979 – January 6, 1983
LieutenantRoland Luedtke
Preceded byJames Exon
Succeeded byBob Kerrey
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 1st district
In office
January 3, 1971 – January 3, 1979
Preceded byRobert Denney
Succeeded byDoug Bereuter
Personal details
Born(1924-01-04)January 4, 1924
Hartington, Nebraska, U.S.
DiedMarch 7, 2018(2018-03-07) (aged 94)
Lincoln, Nebraska, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
Spouse(s)Ruth Raymond
EducationUniversity of Nebraska, Lincoln (JD)

Early lifeEdit

Thone was born in Hartington, Nebraska. He was one of four sons, including John Jr. He graduated from Hartington High School. During World War II, he served in the Infantry and in the field artillery and the Army Air Corps of the United States Army as a non-commissioned officer and as an officer.

Political careerEdit

Following graduation from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln College of Law in 1950, he set up private practice in Lincoln, Nebraska.[1] He was deputy secretary of state for Nebraska from 1951 to 1952.[2] In 1952, he became President of the Nebraska Junior Chamber of Commerce. He married Ruth Raymond on August 16, 1953.[3] From 1954 to 1970, he served as Administrative Assistant to U.S. Senator Roman Hruska.

Thone was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 1971, representing Nebraska's 1st congressional district. During his tenure in Congress, he was assistant minority whip, and he served on the House Select Committee on Assassinations.


In 1979, he became the 34th Governor of Nebraska, a post he held until he was narrowly defeated for reelection in the 1982 election by Bob Kerrey, leaving office in January, 1983. He chaired the Old West Economic Development Commission from 1981 to 1982, and the Agricultural Committee of the President's Export Council from 1982 to 1985.

Later careerEdit

In the 1992 presidential election, he cast one of the state's five electoral votes for President George H. W. Bush. In 2008 he did the same for John McCain.[4]

After retiring from public life, he practiced law in Lincoln, Nebraska at the law office of Erickson and Sederstrom.[5]

Thone died on March 7, 2018 at age 94.[6][7]


  1. ^ "THONE, Charles, (1924 - )". Biographical Directory of the United States Congress. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Charles Thone". National Governors Association. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  3. ^ "Charles Thone". The Political Graveyard. Retrieved 7 October 2012.
  4. ^ Tysver, Robinn (208-11-30). "2nd District's Obama elector relishes role". Omaha World-Herald. Archived from the original on 2008-12-17. Retrieved 2008-12-22. The four Nebraska Republicans who will cast electoral ballots this year on behalf of John McCain are longtime party stalwarts: former Nebraska Gov. Charles Thone of Lincoln... Check date values in: |date= (help)
  5. ^ "Lincoln Attorneys". Sederstrom Law Office. Archived from the original on 20 June 2015. Retrieved 19 June 2015.
  6. ^ Stoddard, Martha (March 7, 2018). "Former Nebraska Gov. Charles Thone dies at 94". Omaha World-Herald. Retrieved March 7, 2018.
  7. ^ Walton, Don (March 7, 2018). "Former Nebraska Gov. Charley Thone dies at 94". Lincoln Journal-Star. Retrieved March 7, 2018. Italic or bold markup not allowed in: |publisher= (help)

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U.S. House of Representatives
Preceded by
Robert Denney
Member of the U.S. House of Representatives
from Nebraska's 1st congressional district

Succeeded by
Doug Bereuter
Party political offices
Preceded by
Richard Marvel
Republican nominee for Governor of Nebraska
1978, 1982
Succeeded by
Kay A. Orr
Political offices
Preceded by
James Exon
Governor of Nebraska
Succeeded by
Bob Kerrey