Crystal Rhoades

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Crystal Rhoades
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Nebraska Public Service Commission, District 2
In office
January 8, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 2021
Years in position 0
PredecessorAnne C. Boyle (D)
Base salary$112,731
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 2020
Term limitsN/A
High schoolOmaha Central High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nebraska at Omaha
Master'sUniversity of Nebraska at Omaha
Office website
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Crystal Rhoades is a member of the Nebraska Public Service Commission, representing District 2. Rhoades, a Democrat, was first elected on November 4, 2014. She succeeded Anne C. Boyle (D), who retired from her seat on the commission after three terms.[1][2]

Before becoming a public service commissioner, Rhoades was the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiatives (JDAI) Coordinator for Douglas County.[3] She has also been elected twice to the board of governors of the Metropolitan Community College.[2]


Rhoades is a lifelong resident of Omaha, Nebraska. Rhoades attended Omaha’s Central High School. Upon graduation, she received a Goodrich Scholarship to attend the University of Nebraska at Omaha. There she earned a B.A. in political science and psychology. She also studied public administration. Rhoades later earned a Master's degree in political science from University of Nebraska at Omaha.[3][4]

Following college, from 2000 to 2006, Rhoades worked as an IT analyst with Aquila.

In 2006, Rhoades began working at the University of Omaha Neighborhood Center developing solutions to crime, safety, housing and health issues by working with elected officials to advocate for their neighborhoods. She stayed with the Neighborhood Center until 2013.[4]

Also in 2006, Rhoades was elected to the Metropolitan Community College Board of Governors. She served as treasurer, secretary and chairwoman of the board.[3]

In 2013, Rhoades became the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiatives Coordinator for Douglas County. In that role, she seeks to improve outcomes for children who enter the juvenile justice system.[4][3]

Rhoades has also worked with the South Omaha Neighborhood Alliance, the Midtown Neighborhood Alliance, the Metropolitan Community College Foundation and the Omaha Health Kids Alliance Housing Committee.[4]

Rhoades has been honored with a number of awards recognizing her efforts both at Metropolitan Community College and the Neighborhood Center. She was named one of the Omaha Jaycees Ten Outstanding Young Omahans. She also received the League of Women Voter’s Making Democracy Work Award, Nebraska Democratic Party – John F. Kennedy Award and the Nebraska’s First Lady’s Outstanding Community Service Award. Additionally, Rhoades is a graduate of the Omaha Chamber’s Leadership Omaha class 33.[4]


  • Bachelor's degree, University of Nebraska at Omaha
  • Master's degree, University of Nebraska at Omaha

Public Service Commission (2015 - present)

Rhoades was first elected to the public service commission in 2014 and was sworn into office the following January for a six-year term.[1]



See also: Nebraska down ballot state executive elections, 2014

Rhoades ran for election to the office of Nebraska Public Service Commission.[2] Rhoades won the Democratic primary election on May 13, 2014.[5] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


Nebraska Public Service Commissioner, Democratic Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngCrystal Rhoades 43.5% 5,974
Jim Esch 40.1% 5,507
John Green 16.5% 2,265
Total Votes 13,746
Election Results via Nebraska Secretary of State.
General election
Nebraska Public Service Commissioner, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Democratic Green check mark transparent.pngCrystal Rhoades 56.6% 46,405
     Republican John Sieler 43.4% 35,519
Total Votes 81,924
Election Results via Nebraska Secretary of State.


Rhoades was endorsed by retiring commissioner Anne Boyle. Boyle has been on the commission for 17 years. Boyle endorsed Rhoades at her retirement announcement stating:

“I am gratified Crystal Rhoades has decided to run for the Omaha seat. Crystal is a dynamic public servant. She has proven to be a hard worker who is willing to make difficult decisions,” Boyle said.[2]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Anne C. Boyle (D)
Nebraska Public Service Commissioner District 2
2015 - present
Succeeded by