Kyle Petersen was born in Norfolk and raised in Tilden, where he attended Elkhorn Valley Schools until his graduation from high school in 2003. Mr. Petersen then attended the University of Nebraska at Kearney and obtained a B.S. degree summa cum laude in 2007. While at Kearney, Mr. Petersen served in the UNK Student Senate, received the Communication Department’s Outstanding Senior Award, and won a statewide collegiate writing contest for journalism students.
After receiving his undergraduate degree, Mr. Petersen worked for the State of Nebraska for four years, including three years for the Nebraska Legislature. In 2011, Mr. Petersen left the Legislature to attend the University of Nebraska College of Law on a full-tuition scholarship. While in law school, Mr. Petersen served as president of Christian Legal Society and worked as a research assistant for Professor Adam Thimmesch. He also participated in the Entrepreneurship Clinic and the Family Law Practice course to work on real legal matters prior to his admission to the bar.
Mr. Petersen graduated from the College of Law with distinction in 2014. He then began his legal career as an attorney for Sennett, Duncan, Jenkins & Wickham, P.C., L.L.O. in Broken Bow, Nebraska. As a lawyer in a rural setting, Mr. Petersen represented clients in a number of different legal matters, including estate and trust administration, civil litigation, and real estate transactions. Mr. Petersen also was qualified as a guardian ad litem under the Nebraska Probate Code and the Nebraska Juvenile Code.
In Broken Bow, Mr. Petersen served on the Board of Trustees of the Broken Bow Public Library and the Board of Directors of a local baseball organization. He also was an elder of Immanuel Lutheran Church of Merna and a graduate of Leadership Custer County.
Mr. Petersen is married to Deniece Petersen and has three children, ages 1 to 6. He has multiple family members in Northeast Nebraska and is excited to be back in Tilden.