John Wightman

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John Wightman
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Nebraska State Senate, District 36
Incumbent
In office
2007 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyNonpartisan
Compensation
Base salary$12,000/year
Per diem$129/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
Prior offices
Mayor, City of Lexington
1992 - 1995
Education
Bachelor'sKearney State College, 1959
J.D.University of Nebraska, 1963
Personal
BirthdayOctober 2, 1938
Place of birthNorth Platte, Nebraska
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
John Wightman (b. October 2, 1938) is a member of the Nebraska Unicameral, representing District 36. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006. He currently serves as Executive Board Chair. Wightman did not seek re-election in 2014.

Wightman has served as Mayor of Lexington; member of the Lexington Planning Commission and Lexington City Council; and director of the Lexington Council of Economic Development.

Biography

Wightman earned his B.S. in Education from Kearney State College in 1959 and his J.D. from the University of Nebraska in 1963. His professional experience includes working as an attorney.[1]

On September 16, 2012, Wightman suffered a moderate stroke and was subsequently hospitalized. Previous health issues include three knee replacements, and an infection that kept him out of a portion of the legislative session in 2011.[2]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Nebraska Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2010

See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Wightman was re-elected to the 36th District Seat in the Nebraska Senate. Wightman ran unopposed in the general election.[3]

2006

See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Wightman won election to the 36th District Seat in the Nebraska Senate, defeating Dick Pierce.[4]

Nebraska State Senate, District 36 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Wightman 5,623
Dick Pierce 4,552

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Wightman is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Wightman raised a total of $88,891 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[5]

John Wightman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nebraska State Senate, District 36 Not up for election $1,272
2010 Nebraska State Senate, District 36 Won $17,795
2008 Nebraska State Senate, District 36 Not up for election $11,323
2006 Nebraska State Senate, District 36 Won $58,501
Grand Total Raised $88,891

2012

Wightman was not up for election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Wightman raised a total of $1,272.
Nebraska State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Wightman's campaign in 2012
Monsanto$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$1,272
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Wightman won re-election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Wightman raised a total of $17,795.

2008

Wightman was not up for election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Wightman raised a total of $11,323.

2006

Wightman won election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Wightman raised a total of $58,501.

Scorecards

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2013-2014

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.[6]

  • Senators are scored on children's issues.
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  • Senators are scored based on votes on selected business votes throughout his/her career in the Legislature.

2011-2012

In 2011, the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature was in its 102nd Legislature, 1st Session from January 5 to June 8. In 2012, the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature was its 102nd Legislature, 2nd Session from January 4 to April 18.

  • Senators are scored on environment and conservation of land efforts.
  • Senators are scored on children's issues.
  • Senators are scored based on votes on selected business votes throughout his/her career in the Legislature.
  • Senators are scored based on votes on selected business votes throughout his/her career in the Legislature.

Personal

Wightman and his wife, Janet Hyde, have three children. Wightman has been involved with the Lexington Chamber of Commerce, Nebraska Bar Foundation, Dawson Area Development, Lexington Community Foundation, Dawson County Bar Association, Nebraska Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. Wightman has served on the Lexington Planning Commission and the Lexington Council of Economic Development.

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Preceded by
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Nebraska State Senate District 36
2007–present
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