Mike Hilgers

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Mike Hilgers
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Nebraska Attorney General
Former Candidate
Campaign website
Mike Hilgers was a Republican candidate for Nebraska Attorney General in the 2014 elections.[1] Hilgers lost in the primary election on May 13, 2014.[2] Hilgers was also a 2012 candidate for District 21 of the Nebraska Unicameral.

Hilgers' professional experience includes working as a clerk for a federal appellate judge and owner of his own law practice. He attended college at Baylor University and received his law degree from the University of Chicago.


Campaign themes

Hilgers' website highlights the following campaign themes:[3]

Job and Population Growth

  • Excerpt:"In the short term, we need to identify growth opportunities while encouraging business expansion in Nebraska. In the medium- to long-term, we must invest in our educational system, develop and nurture our pipeline of entrepreneurs and small businesses, and create a more favorable tax and regulatory environment that will help attract and retain talented individuals and promising businesses."

Taxes and Spending

  • Excerpt:"By reducing the tax load on our families and businesses, we can help provide them with more of their own earned dollars to spend, save, and invest. Nebraska is required to balance its budget, and so taxes are directly linked to spending. I strongly support reducing spending and eliminating waste so that we can reduce the tax burden on our communities."


  • Excerpt:"I strongly support eliminating bureaucracy, streamlining and reducing costs and providing resources directly to those who are most important in our educational system. I strongly support the increased use of technology in the classroom to meet the twin goals of helping to reduce costs and helping our children be prepared for a 21st century economy."


  • Excerpt:"The link between our medical schools and health care is a direct one. Nebraska is fortunate to have two excellent medical schools as well as other fine educational institutions that train our nurses and other health professionals. By investing in those institutions and increasing the supply of health care resources we can help drive down costs and improve access to needed care."

Culture of Life

  • Excerpt:"Among other possible legislation, I support increasing the availability of adoptions and supporting our foster care system to help provide loving and caring homes for our children."



See also: Nebraska attorney general election, 2014

Hilgers ran for election to the office of Attorney General. Hilgers lost the Republican nomination in the primary on May 13, 2014.[1][2] The general election takes place November 4, 2014.


Nebraska Attorney General, Republican Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Brian Buescher 25.5% 47,892
Mike Hilgers 22.9% 42,952
Doug PetersonGreen check mark transparent.png 35.7% 66,969
Pete Pirsch 15.9% 29,875
Total Votes 187,688
Election Results Via:Nebraska Secretary of State.


See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2012

Hilgers ran for election in the 2012 election for Nebraska State Senate District 21. Hilgers advanced past the May 15 primary election and was defeated by Ken Haar 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


Hilgers has a wife, Heather.

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