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Nebraska State Senate District 49

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Nebraska State Senate District 49
Current incumbentJohn Murante
Race92.19% White, 1.15% Black, 3.56% Hispanic, 0.23% Native American, 1.38% Asian[1]
Voting age69.1% age 18 and over
Next electionNovember 8, 2016
Nebraska's forty-ninth state senate district is represented by John Murante.

As of the 2010 census, a total of 37,250 civilians reside within Nebraska's forty-ninth 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, 2012

Elections for the office of Nebraska State Senate consisted of a primary election on May 15, 2012, and a general election on November 6, 2012. The signature-filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in this election was March 1, 2012. John Murante defeated Frank Wellenstein in the general election. Murante and Wellenstein were unopposed in the May 15 Nonpartisan primary.[9][10][11] A total of $102,752 was raised by 2012 candidates in the district, with Murante outspending Wellenstein by a margin of $102,752 to $0.[12]

Nebraska State Senate, District 49, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Murante 65.9% 8,508
     Nonpartisan Frank Wellenstein 34.1% 4,398
Total Votes 12,906

Campaign contributions

Since 2000, candidates for Nebraska State Senate District 49 have raised a total of $300,206. Candidates who raised money in contributions earned $30,021 on average. All figures come from Follow the Money.

Campaign contributions, Nebraska State Senate District 49
Year Amount Candidates Average
2012 $102,752 2 $51,376
2008 $43,255 3 $14,418
2004 $34,102 1 $34,102
2002 $53,485 2 $26,743
2000 $66,612 2 $33,306
Total $300,206 10 $30,021

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