Nebraska State Senate District 26

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Nebraska State Senate District 26
Current incumbentMatt Hansen
Race88.03% White, 2.63% Black, 4.57% Hispanic, 0.46% Native American, 2.26% Asian[1]
Voting age79.1% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 6, 2018
Nebraska's twenty-sixth state senate district is represented by Matt Hansen.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 37,783 civilians reside within Nebraska's twenty-sixth 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. Matt Hansen and Brent Smoyer defeated Larry Weixelman, Bob Van Valkenburg and Justin Valencia in the primary election. Hansen defeated Smoyer in the general election.[9][10][11]

Nebraska State Senate District 26, General Election, 2014
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Independent Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Hansen 54.8% 5,376
     Independent Brent Smoyer 45.2% 4,442
Total Votes 9,818
Nebraska State Senate, District 26 Non-Partisan Primary, 2014
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngBrent Smoyer 32.3% 1,968
Green check mark transparent.pngMatt Hansen 30% 1,823
Larry Weixelman 18.2% 1,105
Bob Van Valkenburg 9.8% 597
Justin Valencia 9.7% 593
Total Votes 6,086


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 Amanda McGill defeated Tom Dierks in the general election. McGill and Dierks defeated Bob Van Valkenburg in the May 11 Nonpartisan primary to advance to the general election.[12] A total of $76,961 was raised by 2010 candidates in the district, with McGill outspending Dierks by a margin of $59,950 to $17,011. Valkenburg raised $0 in the election.[13]

Nebraska State Senate, District 26, General Election, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngAmanda McGill Incumbent 52.6% 4,621
     Nonpartisan Tom Dierks 47.4% 4,169
Total Votes 8,790

Campaign contributions

Since 2002, candidates for Nebraska State Senate District 26 have raised a total of $214,457. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $30,637 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Nebraska State Senate District 26
Year Amount Candidates Average
2010 $76,961 3 $25,654
2006 $92,306 3 $30,769
2002 $45,190 1 $45,190
Total $214,457 7 $30,637

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