Charles Herbster (full name Charles Weasley Herbster) is an American politician, political donor, businessman and a fifth generation farmer/rancher. During former president Donald Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign, he served as an agriculture advisor and chairman of Donald Trump’s agriculture and rural advisory committee.
Herbster ran for governor of Nebraska as a Republican in 2014, and he plans to run again in 2022. Herbster is a Republican candidate for governor of Nebraska in 2022, seeking to replace term-limited Governor Pete Ricketts. Herbster is also the Chief Executive Officer and President of Carico Farms, Herbster Angus Farms, and the Conklin Company.
Charles Herbster personal info – age, wife, children, religion and net worth
Charles Herbster was born in August 1954 and is around 67 years of age. Charles Herbster was initially married to Gayle Smith, whom he later divorced. His second wife was named Judith Ann Herbster, who sadly passed away on May 2nd 2017, in Falls City, Nebraska, at the age of 62. Charles met Judith through the Conklin Company and later tied the knot at Christview Christian Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Charles does not have any children. He is a conservative evangelical Christian by religion.
Charles Herbster’s net worth has not been disclosed as yet but is estimated to be around a couple of million dollars. Herbster makes most of his income through his career as a businessman, currently serving as the CEO and President of three farm-based companies, Carico Farms, Herbster Angus Farms, and the Conklin Company.
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Charles Herbster early life and educational background
Herbster was born in Falls City, Nebraska, where he spent his childhood. He is the son of Dorothy Marie Carico Herbster and Donald Herbster. Herbster attended Falls City High School. He later went to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln for two years before dropping out and returning home after his mother died.
Charles Herbster career
Herbster is a businessman, cattle farmer and the owner of Herbster Angus Farms based in his hometown, Falls City.
He also owns Conklin Co., a manufacturing company based in Kansas City, Missouri, that is structured as a multi-level marketing (MLM) business. Herbster purchased North American Breeders in Berryville, Virginia, in 2015.
Charles Herbster’s involvement in politics began when he started making donations to support the campaigns of election candidates. Herbster gave $500 to the National Republican Congressional Committee in 2004 and $2,300 to an Indiana Republican candidate for the United States House of Representatives in 2008.
Herbster gave $91,600 to a PAC supporting Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in 2012, $10,000 to the Nebraska Republican Party, and $2,500 to Deb Fischer’s campaign. Herbster gave nearly $100,000 to the Republican National Committee and $10,000 to Robert Aderholt between 2013 and 2015. Herbster founded the Republican-leaning Ag American super PAC in 2014 and contributed $100,000 to it between 2014 and 2015. Herbster first met Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago in 2013.
Herbster ran for governor of Nebraska in the 2014 election for six weeks. He dropped out of the race after questions were raised about his Nebraska residency. He later contributed $2.7 million to the campaign of then-Nebraska state senator Beau McCoy. Herbster also gave hints to the Omaha World-Herald that he paid for dark money ads supporting McCoy and criticising other candidates.
McCoy came in third place in the Republican primary. Herbster was nominated as the United States deputy secretary of agriculture by the Independent Cattlemen of Nebraska and 13 other trade groups in 2017. Herbster was the chairman of Trump’s agriculture and rural advisory committee in 2019. He worked as an agricultural adviser for Donald Trump’s presidential campaign in 2020.
Herbster attended a meeting at Trump International Hotel on January 5, 2021, with Donald Trump, Jr., Eric Trump, Tommy Tuberville, Michael Flynn, Peter Navarro, Corey Lewandowski, David Bossie, Rudy Giuliani, and Adam Piper. Txtwire CEO Daniel Beck stated that he, along with Mike Lindell, attended the meeting.
The group discussed how to persuade more members of Congress to oppose the Electoral College results that declared Joe Biden the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Herbster also attended Trump’s speech on January 6, 2021, and left the area prior to the attack on the United States Capitol.
Herbster formed a campaign committee in November 2020 in preparation for a second gubernatorial bid. He chose Aimee Melton, an Omaha City Councilwoman, as his campaign treasurer. Herbster declared his candidacy for governor of Nebraska in the 2022 election on April 26, 2021.
Former President Donald Trump endorsed Herbster in October 2021. “Charles W. Herbster has been a tremendous supporter of America First and Make America Great Again right from the beginning. He is running for Governor of the Great State of Nebraska and will do a fantastic job. With Loony Tune Senators like Little Ben Sasse representing the wonderful people of Nebraska, it is particularly important that a great Governor be elected to help fortify the State. Charles W. Herbster has my complete and total endorsement!” -read the official statement from the former president.
The endorsement was condemned by incumbent governor Pete Ricketts. Herbster is opposed to the estate tax in the United States. His opposition to critical race theory is central to his gubernatorial campaign.