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Mike Groene

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Mike Groene
Nebraska State Senate, District 42
In office
January 7, 2015 - present
Term ends
January 8, 2019
Years in position 0
Base salary$12,000/year
Per diem$129/day for those living 50+ miles from capitol, otherwise $46/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 4, 2014
First electedNovember 4, 2014
Next generalNovember 6, 2018
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nebraska- Lincoln, 1977
Office website
Personal website
Michael "Mike" Groene is a member of the Nebraska Unicameral, representing District 42. He was first elected to the chamber in 2014.


Groene earned his B.S. in Agricultural Economics from the University of Nebraska in 1977.[1]

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Nebraska Committee Assignments, 2015
Government, Military and Veterans Affairs
Nebraska Retirement Systems


Legal actions

Groene was the official proponent of Nebraska Spending Limit Amendment, Initiative Measure 423 (2006). He was also the successful plaintiff in Groene v. Seng, a petitioner access lawsuit against the cities of Omaha, Lincoln, and Grand Island, Nebraska. In 2009, he became a plaintiff in Citizens in Charge v. Gale, which was a challenge to the residency requirement and other initiative restrictions imposed on Nebraska's initiative process in 2008 by the Nebraska State Legislature.[2]



See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Nebraska State Senate took place in 2014. A primary election took place on May 13, 2014. The general election took place on November 4, 2014. The signature-filing deadline for challengers wishing to run in this election was March 3, 2014, two days after the statutory deadline, which fell on a Saturday. Incumbents were required to file for election by February 18, 2014, three days after the statutory deadline, which fell on the Saturday prior to Presidents Day. Roric Paulman and Michael Groene defeated Scott Dulin in the primary election. Groene defeated Paulman in the general election.[3][4]

Nebraska State Senate District 42, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngMichael Groene 51.5% 5,322
     Independent Roric Paulman 48.5% 5,008
Total Votes 10,330


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Groene has served on the Board of Directors of the Platte Institute and as the chairman of the Western Nebraska Taxpayers Association (WNTA).[1]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Thomas Hansen
Nebraska State Senate District 42
January 7, 2015-present
Succeeded by