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Brad Ashford

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Brad Ashford
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Nebraska State Senate, District 20
Incumbent
In office
1987 - 1995, 2007 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position (current service)7
Years in position (previous service)8
PartyNon-partisan
Compensation
Base salary$12,000/year
Per diem$123/day for those living 50+ miles from capitol, otherwise $46/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 four-year terms
Education
High schoolWestside High School
Bachelor'sColgate University, 1971
J.D.Creighton University School of Law, 1974
Personal
BirthdayNovember 10, 1949
Place of birthOmaha, Nebraska
ProfessionCo-Owner, Nebraska Clothing Company
Websites
Office website
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Brad Ashford (b. November 10, 1949) is a member of the Nebraska Unicameral, representing District 20. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006.

Ashford previously served in the Unicameral from 1987 to 1995.

Ashford is a potential 2014 candidate for the U.S. Senate representing Nebraska.[1]

Biography

Ashford earned his bachelor's degree from Colgate University in 1971 and his J.D. from the Creighton University School of Law in 1974. His professional experience includes working as an attorney and businessman.

Ashford began his professional experience in 1974 as an attorney for the General Counsel's Office of the Federal Highway Administration. In 1975, Ashford began work as an attorney for Bradford and Cohen, where he would continue to work until 2003. From 1983 to 1984, he worked as a hearing examiner for the Nebraska Department of Education. From 1984 to 1986, he served as a judge for the Nebraska Court of Industrial Relations. In 1998, he became the vice president and business development investor of Discoverwhy.com. Ashford later became co-owner of the Nebraska Clothing Company, which began in 1993.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Nebraska Committee Assignments, 2013
Business and Labor
Judiciary, Chair
Urban Affairs

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Issues

Arena board records

In January 2014, Ashford stated he would either support legislation or is inclined to vote for legislation to open the records of the Metropolitan and Convention Authority (MECA), an Omaha arena board that runs several convention centers, including a ballpark and civil auditorium. For a decade, MECA has not had to comply with Nebraska public records law. Ashford is one of 11 Omaha-area legislators who supports such legislation.[2]

Tax reform

On January 22, 2013, Ashford and Senator Beau McCoy 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.[3] 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.[4] The Platte Institute for Economic Research, a pro-market think tank, supported eliminating both the personal and corporate income taxes.[5][6] 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.[7][8]

Immigration ordinance

In June 2010, a controversial piece of immigration legislation arrived on the Judiciary Committee's desk. The ordinance passed. At the time, Ashford served as the chairman of the committee.

Ashford said that the courts were far more likely to look favorably on the “employment piece of the Fremont ordinance than the renter piece.”

Ashford also downplayed allegations by some of Fremont’s critics who contend the vote was a racist attack against Hispanics. According to Ashford he “can’t look into the hearts of everybody,” but he is convinced the majority of Nebraskans want the federal government to protect the borders and enforce the immigration laws already on the books.[9]

Initiative rights

Ashford voted in favor of Nebraska Legislative Bill 39, to restrict initiative rights in Nebraska.[10]

Elections

2014

See also:United States Senate elections in Nebraska, 2014

Ashford is a potential 2014 candidate to the U.S. Senate representing Nebraska.[11]

2010

See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Ashford was re-elected to the 20th District Seat in the Nebraska Senate. Ashford ran unopposed in the general election.[12]

2006

See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Ashford won re-election to the 20th District Seat in the Nebraska Senate, defeating Carol Casey.[13]

Nebraska State Senate, District 20 (2006)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Brad Ashford 6,913
Carol Casey 4,920


Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ashford is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Ashford raised a total of $174,827 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[14]

Brad Ashford's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nebraska State Senate, District 20 Not up for election $2,500
2010 Nebraska State Senate, District 20 Won $48,125
2008 Nebraska State Senate, District 20 Not up for election $39,100
2006 Nebraska State Senate, District 20 Won $85,102
Grand Total Raised $174,827

2012

Ashford was not up for election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Ashford raised a total of $2,500.

2010

Ashford won re-election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Ashford raised a total of $48,125.

2008

Ashford was not up for election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Ashford raised a total of $39,100.

2006

Ashford won election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Ashford raised a total of $85,102.

Personal

Ashford and his wife, Ann, have three children. He has been involved with the Omaha Housing Authority, American Arbitration Association, American Bar Association, Downtown Omaha, Incorporated, Minnesota Bar Association, Nebraska Bar Association, Nebraska Bar Foundation, Nebraska Court of Industrial Relations, Old Market Association, Omaha Bar Association, Omaha Housing Authority, Omaha Suburban Rotary, RACECO, Salvation Army Advisory Board, and the Westside High School Open Enrollment Committee. Ashford served on several non-legislative committees, including the Commission of Industrial Relations, Douglas County Efficiency Committee, Downtown Business Improvement District, and the Metropolitan Omaha Convention Sports Entertainment Authority.

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Nebraska State Senate District 20
1987–1995, 2007- present
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