|Nebraska State Senate, District 11|
|1971 - 2009, January 9, 2013 - present|
|January 4, 2017|
|Years in position (current service)||1|
|Years in position (previous service)||38|
|Per diem||$129/day for those living 50+ miles from capitol, otherwise $46/day|
|Elections and appointments|
|Last election||November 6, 2012|
|First elected||November 6, 2012|
|Next general||November 8, 2016|
|Term limits||2 terms (8 years)|
|High school||Omaha Central High School|
|Birthday||July 10, 1937|
Chambers served in the Unicameral previously, representing District 11 from 1971 to 2009.
At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Chambers served on the following committees:
|Nebraska Committee Assignments, 2013|
|• Business and Labor|
Arena board records
In January 2014, Chambers 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. Chambers is one of 11 Omaha-area legislators who supports such legislation.
Death penalty bills
In January 2013, Chambers, a staunch opponent of the death penalty, introduced Legislative Bill 542, which would strike from the law one of nine aggravating circumstances used to determine whether a convicted murderer is to be executed. He told the Judiciary Committee the following month that the circumstance that "[t]he murder was especially heinous, atrocious, cruel, or manifested exceptional depravity by ordinary standards of morality and intelligence" was vague and therefore unconstitutional on both the state and federal levels. Speaking for the Nebraska County Attorneys Association, attorney Joe Kelly countered that jurors are given instructions on how to determine heinousness.
Chambers also introduced Legislative Bill 543 in January, calling for the outright abolishment of the death penalty in the state. This revived a tradition from his previous tenure in the Legislature in which he would submit a similar bill each year. The bill received a Judiciary Committee hearing on March 14, 2013.
- See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2012
Chambers won election in the 2012 election for Nebraska State Senate District 11. Chamber ran unopposed in the May 15 primary election and defeated incumbent Brenda Council in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.
|Nebraska State Senate, District 11, General Election, 2012|
|Nonpartisan||Brenda Council Incumbent||33.1%||3,326|
Comprehensive donor information for Chambers is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Chambers raised a total of $0 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.
|Ernie Chambers's Campaign Contribution History|
|2012||Nebraska State Senate, District 11||$0|
|2006||Nebraska State Senate, District 11||$0|
|2004||Nebraska State Senate, District 11||$0|
|2000||Nebraska State Senate, District 11||$0|
|Grand Total Raised||$0|
Federal complaint against Council
In October 2012, Chambers filed a federal complaint against then-Senator Brenda Council, alleging that she violated federal law in using campaign funds for gambling, as well as in filing false campaign reports. Council had already pleaded guilty to two related state misdemeanor charges; she was fined $500 with court costs. Chambers called Council "an embarrassment to the community," and said, "I can say truthfully I am not a crook." Council responded by saying the matter had been settled, and that discussion of issues in the senate race between them was being neglected.
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- Profile from the Nebraska Legislature
- Profile from Open States
- Biography from Project Vote Smart
- Legislative profile from Project Vote Smart
- Campaign contributions: 2012
- WatchDog.org, "Exclusive: Some lawmakers ready to open MECA’s secret records," accessed February 19, 2014
- Lincoln Journal Star, "Chambers wants to change Nebraska's death penalty law," accessed February 25, 2013
- Nebraska News Service, "Bill would abolish death penalty in Nebraska," accessed March 14, 2013
- Nebraska Secretary of State, "Statewide Candidate List," accessed February 14, 2014
- Nebraska Secretary of State, "Official Report of The Board of State Canvassers of the State of Nebraska - Primary Election, May 15, 2012," accessed May 13, 2014
- Follow the Money, "Chambers, Ernie," accessed May 22, 2013
- Associated Press, "Council fires back at Chambers in state senate race," accessed October 17, 2012
|Nebraska State Senate District 11
| Succeeded by|
George W. Althouse
|Nebraska State Senate District 11
| Succeeded by|