Beau McCoy

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Beau McCoy
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Nebraska State Senate, District 39
Incumbent
In office
2009 - present
Term ends
January 9, 2013
Years in position 5
PartyNonpartisan
Compensation
Base salary$12,000/year
Per diem$129/day for those living 50+ miles from capitol, otherwise $46/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Education
Bachelor'sBellevue University
Personal
BirthdayNovember 12, 1980
Place of birthBurlington, Colorado
ProfessionHome improvement contractor
ReligionChristian
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Beau McCoy (b. November 12, 1980) is a member of the Nebraska Unicameral, representing District 39. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. McCoy ran for Governor of Nebraska in the 2014 elections.[1] He lost in the Republican primary to businessman Pete Ricketts.[2]

Biography

McCoy graduated from Bellevue University in 2007; while there, he was the national committeeman for the Nebraska Federation of Young Republicans. His professional experience includes working as a home improvement contractor.[3][4]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, McCoy served on the following committees:

Nebraska Committee Assignments, 2013
Revenue
Transportation and Telecommunications

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, McCoy served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, McCoy served on the following committees:

Issues

Tax reform

On January 22, 2013, McCoy and Senator Brad Ashford introduced two tax reform bills on behalf of Governor Dave Heineman which were referred to the Revenue Committee. LB 405 would repeal the state personal and corporate income taxes while also eliminating $2.4 billion worth of sales tax exemptions.[5] The more limited LB 406 would repeal just the corporate income tax and eliminate $400 million worth of sales tax exemptions while also exempting up to $12,000 of retirement income from the income tax.[6] The Platte Institute for Economic Research, a pro-market think tank, supported eliminating both the personal and corporate income taxes.[7][8] On February 13, after his tax reform proposals had met with significant opposition from businesses and others who would have been affected by eliminating the sales tax exemptions, Heineman said he wanted the bills pulled so that Revenue Committee Chairman Galen Hadley could develop a more comprehensive tax reform plan. McCoy agreed with the governor's request, but Ashford only wanted to do so if the legislature adopted a moratorium on new sales tax exemptions during the development of the new plan.[9][10]

Campaign themes

2012

McCoy's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[11]

Energize our economy and create jobs

  • "Continue to promote a pro-growth, business-friendly environment that will keep and attract good-paying jobs."
  • "Eliminate government red tape, bureaucracy, and frivolous lawsuits that kill jobs."
  • "Provide needed tax cuts to our small business owners who are struggling to get by in this tough economy."
  • "Invest in new infrastructure to ensure that the groundwork for a strong economy is in place."

Holding the line on taxes and spending

  • "Promote property tax relief for struggling home and small business owners."
  • "Reduce sales and income taxes to help our families and retirees save."
  • "Eliminate pork barrel legislation that increases spending and wastes our tax dollars."
  • "Inject fiscal responsibility into government, ensuring Lincoln works within a responsible, common-sense budget – just like our families must."

Protecting our families

  • "Continue to propose and support legislation protecting our children and families from dangerous synthetic drugs."
  • "Protect our children and families from dangerous sex offenders and drug dealers."

Upholding Nebraska values

  • "Continue to fight the burdensome Nationalized Healthcare that takes important decisions away from our families."
  • "Protect every innocent life from conception through natural death."

Elections

2014

See also: Nebraska Gubernatorial and Lieutenant Gubernatorial election, 2014

McCoy ran for Governor of Nebraska. Incumbent Dave Heineman (R) was ineligible to seek re-election in 2014 due to term limits.[12] Mcoy formally announced his candidacy on September 10, 2013 and started his campaigning with a visit to twenty Nebraska cities within the first week.[13] McCoy lost the Republican nomination in the primary on May 13, 2014.[1][2] The general election took place November 4, 2014.

Results

Primary
Governor of Nebraska, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngPete Ricketts 26.5% 57,922
Jon Bruning 25.5% 55,751
Beau McCoy 20.9% 45,804
Mike Foley 19.2% 42,029
Tom Carlson 4.1% 9,034
Bryan Slone 3.7% 8,179
Total Votes 218,719
Election Results Via:Nebraska Secretary of State.

Campaign Ads


Say "NO" to More Obamacare

Conservative Leadership

2012

See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2012

McCoy won re-election in the 2012 election for Nebraska State Senate District 39. McCoy was unopposed in the May 15 primary election and defeated Judy M. Domina in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[14][15]

Nebraska State Senate, District 39, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBeau McCoy Incumbent 59.8% 9,391
     Nonpartisan Judy Domina 40.2% 6,316
Total Votes 15,707

2008

See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, McCoy won election to the 39th District Seat in the Nebraska Senate, defeating Rex Moats.[16]

Nebraska State Senate, District 39 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Beau McCoy 14,268
Rex Moats 12,183

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McCoy is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, McCoy raised a total of $229,870 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[17]

Beau McCoy's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nebraska State Senate, District 39 Won $115,423
2010 Nebraska State Senate, District 39 Not up for election $39,930
2008 Nebraska State Senate, District 39 Won $74,517
Grand Total Raised $229,870

2012

McCoy won re-election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, McCoy raised a total of $115,423.
Nebraska State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Beau McCoy's campaign in 2012
Nebraska Chamber Of Commerce & Industry$6,000
Nebraska Telecommunications Association$5,000
Nebraska Bankers Association$4,750
Nebraska Realtors Association$4,750
Ricketts, J. Peter$3,500
Total Raised in 2012$115,423
Source:Follow the Money

2010

McCoy was not up for election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, McCoy raised a total of $39,930.

2008

McCoy won election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, McCoy raised a total of $74,517.

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature was in its 103rd Legislature, 1st Session from January 9 to June 5. In 2014, the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature was in its 103rd Legislature, 2nd Session from January 8 to April 17.[18]

  • Senators are scored on children's issues.
  • Senators are scored based on votes on selected business votes throughout his/her career in the Legislature.
  • Senators are scored based on votes on selected business votes throughout his/her career in the Legislature.

2011-2012

In 2011, the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature was in its 102nd Legislature, 1st Session from January 5 to June 8. In 2012, the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature was its 102nd Legislature, 2nd Session from January 4 to April 18.

  • Senators are scored on environment and conservation of land efforts.
  • Senators are scored on children's issues.
  • Senators are scored based on votes on selected business votes throughout his/her career in the Legislature.
  • Senators are scored based on votes on selected business votes throughout his/her career in the Legislature.

Personal

McCoy and his wife, Shauna Smagacz, have three children. He has been involved with the Nebraska Federation of Young Republicans and the Young Republicans of Omaha.[19]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 journalstar.com, "Republican Beau McCoy to enter governor's race," accessed May 13, 2014
  2. 2.0 2.1 Nebraska Secretary of State, "Election Night Results," May 13, 2014
  3. Nebraska State Legislature, "Official unicameral bio," accessed April 10, 2014
  4. Project Vote Smart, "Sen. Beau McCoy's Biography," accessed September 3, 2013
  5. Nebraska State Legislature, "Text of LB405," accessed May 13, 2014
  6. Nebraska State Legislature, "Text of LB406," accessed May 13, 2014
  7. Patrick Lincoln Gerhart, Platte Institute for Economic Research, "The Benefits of Eliminating the Income Tax," accessed February 6, 2013
  8. Patrick Lincoln Gerhart, Platte Institute for Economic Research, "Tax Proposal Review Part Two: Ending the Corporate Income Tax," February 13, 2013
  9. JoAnne Young, Lincoln Journal Star, "Heineman to Legislature: Kill tax bills," February 16, 2013
  10. Grant Schulte, Associated Press, "Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman asks panel to kill both of his tax bills, start new tax discussion," February 16, 2013
  11. votebeaumccoy.com, "Issues," accessed May 13, 2014(Archived)
  12. Nebraska Watchdog, "Omaha senator leaves door open to run for governor," February 18, 2013
  13. Kota Territory News, Nebraska Governor hopeful touring Panhandle this week, September 10, 2013
  14. Nebraska Secretary of State, "Statewide Candidate List," accessed February 14, 2014
  15. Nebraska Secretary of State, "Official Report of The Board of State Canvassers of the State of Nebraska - Primary Election, May 15, 2012," accessed May 13, 2014
  16. Nebraska Secretary of State, "2008 General Election Results," accessed April 10, 2014
  17. Follow the Money, "McCoy, Beau," accessed May 23, 2013
  18. Nebraska Legislature, "2014 Legislative Session," accessed June 27, 2014
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Political offices
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Nebraska State Senate District 39
2009–present
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