Rick Kolowski

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Rick Kolowski
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Nebraska State Senate District 31
In office
January 9, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 4, 2017
Years in position 2
Base salary$12,000/year
Per diem$129/day for those living 50+ miles from capitol, otherwise $46/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Bachelor'sLake Forest College, 1966
Master'sUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1970
Ph.D.University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1978
Military service
Service/branchU.S. Marine Corps Reserve
Years of service1964 - 1967
Date of birthDecember 26, 1944
Place of birthLaSalle, Illinois
ProfessionRetired educator
Office website
Campaign website
Rick Kolowski (b. December 26, 1944) is a member of the Nebraska State Senate, representing District 31. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.


Kolowski's professional experience includes working as a teacher and founding principal of Millard West High School. Kolowski served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

Committee assignments

2015 legislative session

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

Nebraska Committee Assignments, 2015
Education, Vice Chair
Natural Resources
Nebraska Retirement Systems


In the 2013-2014 legislative session, Kolowski served on the following committees:


Campaign themes


Kolowski's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[1]

...I will work tirelessly to promote education, create high-tech jobs, eliminate wasteful government spending and balance Nebraska’s budget. Having owned a home in our community for over 40 years, I understand the need for expanding Nebraska’s property tax relief programs.



See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2012

Kolowski won election in the 2012 election for District 31 of the Nebraska State Senate. Kolowski was unopposed in the May 15 primary election and defeated Acela Turco in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[2][3]

Nebraska State Senate, District 31, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRick Kolowski 52% 9,121
     Nonpartisan Acela Turco 48% 8,413
Total Votes 17,534

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Kolowski is available dating back to 2012. Based on available campaign finance records, Kolowski raised a total of $146,883 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[4]

Rick Kolowski's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nebraska State Senate, District 31 Won $146,883
Grand Total Raised $146,883


Kolowski won election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Kolowski raised a total of $146,883.


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In 2013, the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature was in its 103rd Legislature, 1st Session from January 9 to June 5. In 2014, the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature was in its 103rd Legislature, 2nd Session from January 8 to April 17.[5]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Rich Pahls
Nebraska State Senate District 31
Succeeded by