Ken Haar

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Ken Haar
Nebraska State Senate, District 21
In office
2009 - present
Term ends
January 4, 2017
Years in position 5
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 elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1965
Master'sEducational Administration, 1973
Place of birthFreeman, South Dakota
ProfessionFounder/Chief Executive Officer, Compliance at a Glance
Office website
Campaign website
Ken Haar (b. 1943) is a member of the Nebraska Unicameral, representing District 21. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008.

Prior to his election to the Nebraska Legislature, he was a member of the Lincoln City Council, and the Lincoln/Lancaster County Board of Health.


Haar earned his B.S and M.S. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His professional experience includes working as a businessman, computer programmer, computer technology consultant, systems anaylst, and teacher. Haar is the founder and CEO of Compliance at a Glance.[1]

Haar suffered a mild heart attack on April 26, 2013, returning to the Legislature less than two weeks later.[2]

Committee assignments


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

Nebraska Committee Assignments, 2013
Natural Resources


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


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


Campaign themes


Haar's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[3]

Strong Economy

  • Excerpt: "I plan to provide Nebraskans with the tax relief they deserve. I will use my experience and knowledge in working with state and local government to ensure Lincoln receives its fair share of funding. A healthy business climate, good roads and our high quality of life can bring quality jobs to Lincoln and all of Nebraska. I will promote our strong work ethic and workforce to emphasize why this is a great place to live and do business."

Affordable Healthcare

  • Excerpt: "I will fight to provide affordable healthcare for small businesses and families. It is important that families are not burdened with outrageous co-pays and premiums. We must ensure that every child in Nebraska has health coverage."

Quality Education

  • Excerpt: "The state of Nebraska cannot afford to lose its best teachers to other states with higher salaries. I will work to ensure that Nebraska children continue to receive a quality education. I support public-private partnerships to help make post-secondary education affordable to working class families."

Renewable Energy

  • Excerpt: "I am committed to strengthening Nebraska's economy by developing our abundance of renewable energy resources, including wind, solar and bio-mass. Finding alternative energy sources is imperative to the environment, and for the future of generations to come."



See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2012

Haar won re-election in the 2012 election for Nebraska State Senate District 21. Haar advanced past the May 15 primary election and defeated Mike Hilgers in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[4][5]

Nebraska State Senate, District 21, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngKen Haar Incumbent 50.3% 6,869
     Nonpartisan Mike Hilgers 49.7% 6,784
Total Votes 13,653
Nebraska State Senate District 21 Nonpartisan Primary Nonpartisan Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngKen Haar Incumbent 51% 2,471
Green check mark transparent.pngMike Hilgers 46.2% 2,238
Bryan C. Ifland 2.8% 134
Total Votes 4,843


On November 4, 2008, Haar won election to the 21st District Seat in the Nebraska Senate, defeating James Jeffers.[6]

Nebraska State Senate, District 21 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ken Haar 7,806
James Jeffers 7,786

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Haar is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Haar raised a total of $387,211 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[7]

Ken Haar's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nebraska State Senate, District 21 Won $232,212
2010 Nebraska State Senate, District 21 Not up for election $31,485
2008 Nebraska State Senate, District 21 Won $123,514
Grand Total Raised $387,211


Haar won re-election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Haar raised a total of $232,212.
Nebraska State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ken Haar's campaign in 2012
John A. Woollam Fifth Amended Revocable Trust$40,000
Nebraska State Education Association$29,799
Holland, Richard D.$11,396
Weitz, Wallace$5,000
Nebraska United Transportation Union$5,000
Total Raised in 2012$232,212
Source:Follow the Money


Haar was not up for election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Haar raised a total of $31,485.


Haar won election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Haar raised a total of $123,514.


Haar is currently married to his wife, Chris. He has been involved with the Lancaster County Board of Health, Lincoln Mediation Center, and the Nebraska Sierra Club.

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