Fischer picks top staff

Sen.-elect Deb Fischer, R-Neb., announced her new chief of staff on Tuesday – Mike Hybl, who has been the executive director of the Nebraska Public Service Commission since 2007.

Fischer defeated Democrat Bob Kerrey in the Nov. 6 election and will be sworn in the first week of January, replacing Sen. Ben Nelson, D-Neb., who is retiring.

Dustin Vaughan will serve as Fischer’s state director.

Fischer highlighted Hybl and Vaughan’s resumes and their ties to Nebraska.

“I believe these hires will set the standard for what I expect from my staff,” Fischer said.

Hybl has been president of the Nebraska Trucking Association and director of government relations for Great Plains Communications. He served as legal counsel to the Nebraska Legislature from 1980 through 1998 for the Agriculture and Environment Committee, the Transportation Committee, Speaker William Nichol and Speaker Doug Kristensen.

Vaughan has served as the legal counsel to the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee of the Nebraska Legislature since 2007. Previously, he was an aide to Fischer in the Nebraska Legislature.

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