Merton Dierks

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Merton Dierks
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Nebraska State Senate District 40
Former member
In office
2007-2011
PartyNonpartisan
Prior offices
Nebraska State Senate, District 40
1986 - 1998
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1954
OtherKansas State University, 1961
CandidateVerification
Merton Dierks (b. 1932) is a former member of the Nebraska State Senate, representing District 40 from 1986 to 1998, and from 2006 to 2010.

Dierks served on the Ewing Board of Education from 1969 to 1984 and from 2004 to 2006.[1]

Biography

Dierks earned his B.S. in Agriculture from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln in 1954 and his Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine (DVM) from Kansas State University in 1961. His professional experience includes working as a rancher, as veterinarian of the O'Neill Veterinary Clinic from 1973 to 1992 and as the owner of and veterinarian within the Ewing Veterinary Practice from 1961 to 1973. Dierks served in the United States Air Force in Korea for two years, beginning in 1954, as 1st Lieutenant.[1]

Committees

Elections

2010

See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2010

Dierks came in second in the primary, bested by Tyson Larsen by a margin of 3,002-2,769. Dierks was defeated by Larsen in the November 2, 2010, general election.[2]

Nebraska State Senate, District 40 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Tyson Larsen 5,583
Merton Dierks 5,085

2006

See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Dierks won election to the 40th District Seat in the Nebraska Senate, defeating Tom Noecker.[3]

Nebraska State Senate, District 40 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Merton Dierks 7,856
Tom Noecker 3,936

Campaign donors

In 2008, a year he was not up for re-election, Dierks collected $2,582 in donations.[4]

His three largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Kutak Rock LLP $750
Nebraska PAC $500
Kaapa Ethanol $300

Personal

Dierks and his wife, Gloria Dierks, have four children. Dierks was involved with a few non-legislative committees, including the American Veterinary Medical Association, the Knights of Columbus, and the Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association. He was previously involved with the American Legion, the United States Animal Health Association-Brucellosis Committee, Saint Anthony's Hospital, Ewing School Board, Nebraska Veterinary Medical Association, Ewing Commercial Club, American Quarterhorse Association, Nebraska Stockgrowers Association and the O'Neil Chamber of Commerce.[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Doug Cunningham
Nebraska State Senate District 40
2007-2011
Succeeded by
Tyson Larson
Political offices
Preceded by
John DeCamp
Nebraska State Senate District 40
1987–2002
Succeeded by
Doug Cunningham