Tom Osborne

From OpenCongress Wiki

Jump to: navigation, search

Thomas William Osborne was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Nebraska's 3rd Congressional district from 2001 to 2007. He declined to run for reelection in 2006, choosing instead to pursue the governorship of Nebraska.




Osborne was born February 23, 1937 in Hastings, Nebraska. He is the former football coach for the Nebraska Cornhuskers.

In 1959, Osborne graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in history from Hastings College (Hastings, Nebraska), after which he played three seasons in the National Football League. He earned his Master of Arts in educational psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1963, and a doctorate in educational psychology from the UNL in 1965.

Osborne is best known as the former head coach of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, UNL's football team. Osborne was the head coach from the 1973 season until 1997, and led the Huskers to 13 conference championships and three national championships (1994, 1995, and 1997).

His 255-49-3 record gave him the best winning percentage (83.6%) among active NCAA Division 1-A coaches at the time of his retirement and the fifth-best of all time. As of 2006, only Joe Paterno has reached 200 victories in fewer games. But Osborne, who went on an NCAA record 60-3 run over his final five seasons, won 250 games faster than any coach in Division 1-A history. Osborne was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1999. In 2000, he recieved the Jim Thorpe Lifetime Achievement Award.

Congressional career

Osborne sat on the Committees on Agriculture, Education and the Workforce, and Resources. Osborne was generally considered a political conservative, although he was considered somewhat in the middle with regards to immigration issues.

Iraq War

Osborne voted for the Authorization for Use of Military Force Against Iraq Resolution of 2002 that started the Iraq War.[1]

For more information see the chart of U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Iraq War.

2006 elections

On April 30, 2005 Osborne announced that he would run for Governor of Nebraska. He ran against current Governor Dave Heineman and Omaha businessman Dave Nabity in the Republican primary and lost to Heineman. Democrats nominated Scott Kleeb and Republicans nominated Adrian Smith to contest the November 2006 election for his vacant seat. (See U.S. congressional elections in 2006) [1]

Meet the Cash Constituents

Links to more campaign contribution information for Tom Osborne
from the Center for Responsive Politics' site.
Fundraising profile: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by organization/corporation: 2008 election cycle Career totals
Top contributors by industry: 2008 election cycle Career totals


Committees and Affiliations

Committees in the 109th Congress (2005-2006)

Coalitions and Caucuses

  • Co-Chair, Congressional Alcohol Fuels Caucus

Boards and other Affiliations

  • Trustee, Teammates Mentoring Program, 1995-present
  • Trustee, American Football Coaches Association, 1980-1985, 1992-1995
  • Member, Saint Marks United Methodist.

More Background Data

Wikipedia also has an article on Tom Osborne. This article may use content from the Wikipedia article under the terms of the GFDL.

Articles and Resources

Local blogs and discussion sites


DC Office:
507 Cannon House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: 202-225-6435
Fax: 202-226-1385
Web Email

District Office- Grand Island:
819 Diers Avenue, Suite 3
Grand Island, NE 68803
Phone: 308-381-5555
Fax: 308-381-5557

District Office- Kearney:
212 Communications Building
1910 University Drive
Kearney, NE 68849
Phone: 308-236-1330
Fax: 308-236-1331

District Office- McCook:
203 West First Street
McCook, NE 69001
Phone: 308-345-3328
Fax: 308-345-3329

District Office- Scottsbluff:
21 East 20th Street
Scottsbluff, NE 69361
Phone: 308-632-3333
Fax: 308-635-3049