Steven P. Lustgarten
was a 2012 Democratic
candidate who sought election to the U.S. Senate
. He was defeated by Bob Kerrey
in the May 15, 2012, primary. 
Lustgarten was born in Green Bay, Wisconsin and moved to Omaha, Nebraska at the age of 3. Upon graduation from Burke High School in 1969, he attended Wayne State College for one year. In 1973, he suspended his educational pursuits and became a reporter for the Alliance Times Herald. Later, he embarked to Oregon to attend Portland State University, where he focused on communications studies. With the aid of a 1983 Academy Award, Lustgarten started his film career in Los Angeles. In 1991, he established his own film and video distribution company, LEO films. He worked on then candidate Barack Obama's 2008 election campaign in Nebraska, where he has since started another video production company.
- See also: United States Senate elections in Nebraska, 2012
Lustgarten ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. Senate, representing Nebraska. He sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket, but he was defeated by Bob Kerrey in the May 15, 2012, primary. 
The primary took place on June 5, 2012.
|US Senate - Nebraska Democratic Primary, 2012
| Chuck Hassebrook
| Steven P. Lustgarten
| Larry Marvin
| Sherman Yates