Dave Pankonin

From Ballotpedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Dave Pankonin
Nebraska State Senate District 2
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
October 7, 2011
Political party Nonpartisan
Profession Entrepreneur / Senator
Dave Pankonin (b. December 1, 1951) is a former member of the Nebraska Unicameral representing District 2. He was first elected in 2006, serving until his resignation on October 7, 2011. On August 31, 2011, Pankonin announced his resignation from the Nebraska Unicameral, citing more time needed with his family's agricultural equipment dealership as well as additional responsibilities at the Home State Bank in Louisville.

Pankonin voted in favor in Nebraska Legislative Bill 39, to restrict initiative rights in Nebraska.[1]

Pankonin graduated from Louisville High School, and subsequently attended the University of Nebraska College of Business Administration, and the M.B.A. program at Northwestern University from 1974-75.

He is the former mayor of Louisville, Nebraska, where he also served as a city council member and a member of the Louisville Public School Board.

Pankonin earned his Bachelor's degree at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln college of Business Administration in 1974 and attended Northwestern University for his M.B.A. from 1974 to 1975.

Pankonin is the president and owner of Pankonin's, Incorporated.

Pankonin began his political experience as a member on the Louisville Public Schools Board and the Louisville City Councilin 2000. He left the city council in 2003 to become Mayor of Louisville, Nebraska until 2006, in which year he was elected a Nebraskan senator.

Pankonin is currently involved with a number of organizations, including the Cass County Historical Society, Home State Bank, Louisville Care Center Advisory Board, Louisville First United Methodist Church, Louisville Public Library Board, Nebraska United Methodist Church Council on Finance and Administration, Nebraska United Methodist Foundation, and the College of Business Administration Alumni Association, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Pankonin currently serves on one non-legislative committee, the Worker's Compensation System Task Force.

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Pankonin served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Pankonin served on these committees:



See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Pankonin was re-elected to the 2nd District Seat in the Nebraska Senate, defeating Nate Louderback.[2]

Nebraska State Senate, District 2 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dave Pankonin 6,853
Nate Louderback 2,183


On November 7, 2006, Pankonin won election to the 2nd District Seat in the Nebraska Senate, defeating Jerry Bond.[3]

Nebraska State Senate, District 2 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dave Pankonin 7,932
Jerry Bond 3,538



On September 21, 2011, Senator Deb Fischer announced that Pankonin is one of thirteen State Senators in the Nebraska Unicameral that have endorsed her candidacy for the U.S. Senate.[4]

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Pankonin was up for re-election, he collected $42,311 in donations.[5]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:

Nebraska State Senate 2010 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Dave Pankonin's campaign in 2010
Nebraska Optometric Association$3,000
Nebraska Bankers Association$3,000
Nebraska Cooperative Council$2,200
Union Pacific Railroad$2,000
Nebraska Telecommunications Association$2,000
Total Raised in 2010 $42,311


In 2008, a year he was not up for re-election, Pankonin collected $18,398 in donations.[6]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Nebraska Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors $2,000
Nebraska State Education Association $1,200
Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants $1,000
Union Pacific Railroad $750
Pfizer $600

Contact information

Sen. Dave Pankonin
Room 1202, State Capitol
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2613
E-mail: dpankonin@leg.ne.gov


Pankonin was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on December 1, 1951 and raised in Louisville, Nebraska. He is currently married to Lori Pankonin.

External links

Suggest a link


Political offices
Preceded by
Nebraska State Senate District 2
Succeeded by
Paul Lambert