On Monday former Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts was sworn in as the 100th U.S. senator, taking the place of former Sen. Ben Sasse, who retired to be president of the University of Florida.
"I’m very grateful for this unexpected opportunity to continue to serve the people of Nebraska," Ricketts said at a press conference at the time of his appointment. Brianna Herlihy is a politics writer for Fox News Digital.
Pillen said 111 people applied for the vacant seat, of which they interviewed nine. But Pillen said it was clear that Ricketts was the best person for the job.