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Nebraska State Senate District 12
Current incumbentMerv Riepe
Race82.26% White, 3.54% Black, 9.39% Hispanic, 0.53% Native American, 2.67% Asian[1]
Voting age77.4% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Nebraska's twelfth state senate district is represented by Merv Riepe.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 37,055 civilians reside within Nebraska's twelfth state senate district.[2] Nebraska state senators represent an average of 37,272 residents, as of the 2010 Census.[3] After the 2000 Census, each member represented 34,924.[4]

About the office

Members of the Nebraska State Senate serve four-year terms with term limits.[5] It is unique in that it is the only American state legislature that is unicameral. Half of the seats up for election every second year. Nebraska legislators assume office the first Wednesday after the first Monday in January.


Members are selected in nonpartisan elections. Rather than separate primaries held to choose Republican, Democratic, and other partisan contenders for a seat, Nebraska uses a single nonpartisan primary election, in which the top two vote-getters are entitled to run in the general election. There are no formal party alignments or groups within the Legislature. Coalitions tend to form issue by issue based on a member's philosophy of government, geographic background, and constituency. However, almost all the members of the legislature are affiliated with the state affiliate of either the Democratic or the Republican party and both parties explicitly endorse candidates for legislative seats.


To be eligible to serve in the Nebraska Senate, a candidate must be:[6]

  • At least 21 years of age
  • A resident of Nebraska, and specifically a resident of the legislative district he or she wishes to serve, for at least one year prior to the general election
  • Must not have ever been convicted of a felony


See also: Comparison of state legislative salaries

As of 2013, members of the Nebraska Senate are paid $12,000/year. Per diem is $123/day for members living outside a 50-mile radius of the Capitol. Per diem is $46/day for members living inside the 50-mile radius. Rates are tied to the federal rate.[7]

Term limits

See also: State legislatures with term limits

The Nebraska State Senate is one of 15 state legislatures with term limits. Voters enacted the Nebraska Term Limits Act in 2000. That initiative said that Nebraska senators are subject to term limits of no more than two four-year terms.[5]

The first year that the term limits enacted in 2000 impacted the ability of incumbents to run for office was in 2008.


See also: How vacancies are filled in state legislatures

If there is a vacancy in the legislature, it is up to the Governor to select a replacement. If a vacancy happens in the last 60 days before a general election, the replacement appointed by the Governor serves the remainder of the term until a new representative is elected. If the vacancy happens more than 60 days before the general election, the replacement serves the remainder of the unfilled term until the next general election.[8]



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. Merv Riepe and Greg Hosch defeated Joseph Hering in the primary election. Riepe defeated Hosch in the general election.[9][10]

Nebraska State Senate District 12, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngMerv Riepe 64% 5,622
     Independent Greg Hosch 36% 3,167
Total Votes 8,789
Nebraska State Senate, District 12 Non-Partisan Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngMerv Riepe 58.8% 2,468
Green check mark transparent.pngGreg Hosch 30.9% 1,298
Joseph Hering 10.2% 428
Total Votes 4,194


See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2010

Elections for the office of Nebraska State Senate consisted of a primary election on May 11, 2010, and a general election on November 2, 2010. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was February 15, 2010. Incumbent Steve Lathrop was unopposed in the general election. Lathrop advanced past the Nonpartisan primary with John Lillis, but Lillis did not appear on the general election ballot.[11] A total of $61,126 was raised by 2010 candidates in the district, with Lathrop outspending Lillis by a margin of $53,825 to $7,301.[12]

Nebraska State Senate, District 12, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngSteve Lathrop Incumbent 100% 6,074
Total Votes 6,074

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Nebraska State Senate District 12 have raised a total of $373,800. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $53,400 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Nebraska State Senate District 12
Year Amount Candidates Average
2010 $61,126 2 $30,563
2006 $270,931 2 $135,466
2002 $41,743 3 $13,914
Total $373,800 7 $53,400

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