Kate Bolz

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Kate Bolz
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Nebraska State Senate, District 29
In office
January 9, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 4, 2017
Years in position 2
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'sNebraska Wesleyan University
Master'sUniversity of Michigan
ProfessionAdjunct professor
Office website
Campaign website
Kate Bolz is a member of the Nebraska State Senate, representing District 29. She was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Bolz earned her bachelor's degree from Nebraska Wesleyan University and her master's degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan. Her professional experience includes working as an adjunct professor at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln and Nebraska Wesleyan University.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Nebraska Committee Assignments, 2015


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


Campaign themes


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

Family Security

  • Excerpt: "I will work to promote tax fairness for all Nebraskans. We can no longer allow for an unbalanced tax burden on middle class families and small businesses who can afford it the least. I will fight for fiscal transparency and accountability to ensure your dollars are working for you."

Quality Education

  • Excerpt: "School funding is imbalanced and pushing up our property taxes. With a growing student population in our schools, we cannot stand to receive less support as we have under the current funding formula. I will advocate for a better formula which will reduce the dependence on already escalating property taxes. I will fight to protect both education and your taxes by finding common sense solutions to adjusting the current funding formula."


  • Excerpt: "It is imperative that we invest to make our state more competitive. As your senator, I will support businesses and workers. Nebraska businesses cite a “skills gap” in our workforce as a barrier to economic growth. By developing initiatives that train workers for key industries such as health care and manufacturing, we can both build opportunity for workers and create economic growth in the state."



See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2012

Bolz won election in the 2012 election for Nebraska State Senate District 29. Bolz advanced past the May 15 primary election and defeated Larry Zimmerman in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Nebraska State Senate, District 29, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKate Bolz 50.9% 9,073
     Nonpartisan Larry Zimmerman 49.1% 8,750
Total Votes 17,823
Nebraska State Senate District 29 Nonpartisan Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKate Bolz 30.5% 2,377
Green check mark transparent.pngLarry Zimmerman 25.8% 2,013
Susan Scott 19.3% 1,502
Mike Smith 15.8% 1,231
Don Mayhew 8.6% 670
Total Votes 7,793

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Bolz is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Bolz raised a total of $144,469 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[4]

Kate Bolz's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nebraska State Senate, District 29 Won $144,469
Grand Total Raised $144,469


Bolz won election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Bolz raised a total of $144,469.


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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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Political offices
Preceded by
Tony Fulton
Nebraska State Senate District 29
Succeeded by