US Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) arrives at the Capitol for a cloture vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline January 26, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington.
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US Sen. Ben Sasse (R-NE) arrives at the Capitol for a cloture vote on the Keystone XL Pipeline January 26, 2015 on Capitol Hill in Washington.
CNN —  

Sen. Ben Sasse, a Republican US senator from Nebraska, leaned into his role as a public servant Saturday, when he took some time off to moonlight as a driver for the ride-hailing service, Uber.

A University of Nebraska student who used service took a screenshot of the app as it displayed a familiar-looking driver on the way by the name of “Benjamin.”

“Got a ride from @BenSasse #Uber #UberLincoln,” Adrian Silva tweeted.

Sasse responded to surprised Twitter users who asked if the tweet was real, replying: “I like to work alongside and for Nebraskans. I drove uber yesterday. (For charity – I’m obviously not allowed to make any outside money).”

The senator’s gig with Uber was part of a “work tour” he was participating in, his office said in a statement.

On Monday morning, Sasse shared some colorful lessons he’d picked up from his driving experience.

“Pro-tip: If you throw up in an uber, the surcharge can be substantial. Upside: It’s a market incentive to get drivers to agree to Sat.pm work.”