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Dan Watermeier

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Dan Watermeier
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Nebraska State Senate, District 1
In office
January 9, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 4, 2017
Years in position 2
Executive Board Vice Chair
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 electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1983
Office website
Campaign website
Dan Watermeier is a member of the Nebraska Unicameral, representing District 1. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012. He currently serves as Executive Board Vice Chair.


Watermeier earned his bachelor's degree in Agriculture from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1983. His professional experience includes working as a farmer.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Nebraska Committee Assignments, 2015


In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Watermeier served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Watermeier's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

As your state senator, I will not support tax increases, will find ways to make government more efficient and spend fewer of your tax dollars, keep our schools strong and competitive, vote for pro-life causes, and, be a strong advocate for law enforcement and tough on illegal immigration.



See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2012

Watermeier won election in the 2012 election for District 1 of the Nebraska Unicameral. He advanced past the May 15 primary election and defeated Jerry Joy in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Nebraska State Senate, District 1, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngDan Watermeier 55.8% 8,737
     Nonpartisan Jerry Joy 44.2% 6,926
Total Votes 15,663
Nebraska State Senate District 1 Nonpartisan Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngDan Watermeier 48.5% 3,438
Green check mark transparent.pngJerry Joy 40.6% 2,879
Alvin H. Guenther 4.4% 310
Douglas J. Bohling 3% 212
Bruce P. Bernadt 2.1% 152
Neal Schatz 1.5% 103
Total Votes 7,094

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Watermeier is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Watermeier raised a total of $85,182 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 21, 2013.[4]

Dan Watermeier's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nebraska State Senate, District 1 Won $85,182
Grand Total Raised $85,182


Watermeier won election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Watermeier raised a total of $85,182.
Nebraska State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dan Watermeier's campaign in 2012
Nebraska Chamber Of Commerce & Industry$7,529
Nebraska Bankers Association$4,529
Nebraska Farm Bureau$3,579
Watermeier, Gene & Lois$2,000
Nebraska Society Of Certified Public Accountants$1,550
Total Raised in 2012$85,182
Source: Follow the Money


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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.[5]

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Preceded by
Lavon Heidemann
Nebraska State Senate District 1
Succeeded by