Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale considering U.S. Senate run

Then-mayor Jim Suttle and Gov. Dave Heineman share a laugh with Sid Dinsdale, scissors, as Pinnacle Bank opened its new headquarters at 180th and Dodge Streets on Aug. 18, 2011.

Omaha banker Sid Dinsdale says he is considering a run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Mike Johanns.

The Pinnacle Bank chairman said he won’t make an announcement or a final decision until after September 15 so he can focus on the opening of the Lincoln arena bearing his bank’s name.

“I’m not interested in a decision until after that,” he said.

In 2011, Dinsdale had considered a Senate run, as well.

While this would be his first run for office, he has been an active political donor.

At the federal level, he has backed Deb Fischer, who won a Senate seat last fall, and Congressman Lee Terry.

In Omaha, Dinsdale was a major backer of the failed recall effort of former mayor Jim Suttle and contributed to the mayoral campaign of Dave Nabity last spring.

Dinsdale’s Pinnacle Bank, based in Lincoln, operates 71 branches, three of them in Kansas. Among banks based in the state, it ranks third in assets, with $3.7 billion, trailing market leader First National Bank of Omaha, which has about $15 billion.

Dinsdale would be the fourth Republican to enter the field. The others are Midland University President Ben Sasse, former State Treasurer Shane Osborn and Omaha trial attorney Bart McLeay.

So far no Democrat has entered the race.

World-Herald staff writer Russell Hubbard contributed to this report.

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