Bob Hilkemann

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Bob Hilkemann
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Nebraska State Senate, District 4
In office
January 7, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 8, 2019
Years in position 0
Base salary$12,000/year
Per diem$129/day for those living 50+ miles from capitol, otherwise $46/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Bachelor'sNebraska Wesleyan University (1969)
M.D.Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine (1976)
ProfessionPodiatrist (Retired)
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Robert "Bob" Hilkemann is a member of the Nebraska State Senate, representing District 4. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.


Hilkemann earned his B.S from Nebraska Wesleyan University in 1969 and his M.D. from the Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine in 1976. His professional experience includes working as a teacher in Table Rock, Nebraska and opening a podiatry practice.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

At the beginning of the 2015 legislative session, Hilkemann served on the following committees:

Nebraska Committee Assignments, 2015
Appropriations, Vice Chair


Campaign themes


Hilkemann's campaign website highlighted the following issues:[2]


  • Excerpt: "I support tax reform of our current tax system. With the help of a new Governor and Legislature by working together to resolve this very vital issue we will establish a fair and equitable tax structure that is beneficial for all our home owners, farmers, and small business owners."


  • Excerpt: "Our children are Nebraska’s future. I will strive to continue to improve the quality of the educational opportunities for our children at all levels. From the early years through the college years we must invest in our children’s education"


  • Excerpt: "With the help from tax reform and the repeal of burdensome regulations on our small businesses we can create a robust economy that will make Nebraska more competitive and will encourage economic growth and development, resulting in creating good paying jobs for Nebraskans."

Medicaid Expansion

  • Excerpt: "The Federal Government guarantees to provide 90% of the funding for the first two years of this new program. There is no guarantee beyond 2015 that these funds will continue to be matched. I will oppose efforts to expand Medicaid, it will cost the state millions of dollars initially and has the potential of creating additional mandated spending that we cannot afford. I would like to bring my experience and background as a Doctor to the Legislature to address this very important issue, assuring that all Nebraskans have quality and affordable health care."

Mental Health

  • Excerpt: "Nebraska ranks as one of the lowest states in providing mental health care, yet one in four Nebraskans are affected by mental health challenges. We need to be open to new ways of improving access to mental health services and to developing a better plan of coordinating mental health services across Nebraska. We need to be encouraging individuals and families to seek the mental health care that they need."



See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Nebraska State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 13, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for challengers wishing to run in this election was March 3, 2014, two days after the statutory deadline, which fell on a Saturday. Incumbents were required to file for election by February 18, 2014, three days after the statutory deadline, which fell on the Saturday prior to Presidents Day. Bob Hilkemann and Stacy Ryan defeated Nicholas Pestello, Steve Howard and Matt Butler in the primary election. Hilkemann defeated Ryan in the general election.[3][4]

Nebraska State Senate District 4, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngBob Hilkemann Incumbent 57.3% 6,698
     Independent Stacy Ryan 42.7% 4,983
Total Votes 11,681
Nebraska State Senate, District 4 Non-Partisan Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBob Hilkemann 38.4% 2,357
Green check mark transparent.pngStacy Ryan 24.7% 1,513
Steve Howard 17.4% 1,070
Matt Butler 17.4% 1,068
Nicholas Pestello 2% 125
Total Votes 6,133

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Hilkemann and his wife, Julie, have three children.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Pete Pirsch
Nebraska State Senate District 4
January 7, 2015-present
Succeeded by