(NRG)- Seventy-eight current and former state senators Thursday endorsed Pete Ricketts for governor. "I learned in business that you can't get much done if you don't have strong relationships with those you're working with," Ricketts said. "It's been a priority for me to create friendships and working relationships with legislators across the state. I look forward to working with the entire Legislature to bring about responsible reform and new growth in our state." "I am very pleased that Pete has made the time to build relationships with state senators," said Sen. Galen Hadley of Kearney. "He understands that good outcomes require collaborative leadership and partnerships. I look forward to working with him." Besides Hadley, other area lawmakers to endorse Ricketts include Bill Barrett, Jon Bruning, Tom Carlson, Jim Cudaback, Deb Fischer, Mike Gloor, Joel Johnson, Ed Schrock, Les Seiler, Adrian Smith and John Wightman.