Mike Friend

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Mike Friend
Former Senator, Nebraska State Senate District 10
Former member
Term in office began
Term in office ended
Political party Nonpartisan
Profession Technical Writer / Senator
Mike Friend (1961-) is a former member of the Nebraska Unicameral. During Friend's tenure in the legislature, which began in 2002, he represented District 10.

Friend was a writer/journalist by profession, having earned a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism from Creighton University in 1998. He attended University of Nebraska School of Law for one year. Prior to his election to the Nebraska Legislature, Friend wrote for the Nebraska City News-Press, and was a sports writer and editor with the Grand Island Independent. He was also a technical writer for two computer magazines at Sandhills Publishing in Lincoln, Nebraska.[1]

Mike Friend was born, and subsequently raised, in Omaha, Nebraska on October 4, 1961. Friend is currently married to Jacqueline Williams with four children and is known to be Catholic.

Friend attended Kearney State College from 1980 to 1982, earned his Bachelor's degree in journalism from Creighton University in 1985, and attended Creighton University Law School in 1987.

Friend began his professional experience as a technical writer for First Data Resources in 1996. In 1997, he worked as both a writer for Smart Computing Magazine and as an account manager for Sitel Corporation. He also began his current occupation in 1997 as a writer and editor for the First National Bank of Omaha.

Friend joined the Nebraska State Legislature as a senator in 2002.


On November 7, 2006, Friend won re-election to the 10th District Seat in the Nebraska Senate, defeating Robert Wimberley .[2]

Nebraska State Senate, District 10 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Mike Friend 7,605
Robert Wimberley 2,278

Campaign donors

In 2008, a year he was not up for re-election, Friend collected $14,247 in donations.[3]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Nebraska Optometric Association $1,000
Nebraska Chamber of Commerce and Industry $800
Radcliffe and Associates $600
Nebraska Cooperative Council $600
Philip Morris $500

Contact information

Sen. Mike Friend
District 10
Room 1212
P.O. Box 94604
State Capitol
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2718
Email: mfriend@leg.ne.gov

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