Burke Harr

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Burke Harr
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Nebraska State Senate, District 8
Incumbent
In office
2011 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 3
PartyNonpartisan
Compensation
Base salary$12,000/year
Per diem$129/day for those living 50+ miles from capitol, otherwise $46/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 four-year terms
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of St. Thomas, 1994
J.D.University of Notre Dame Law School, 1998
Personal
BirthdayOctober 13, 1971
Place of birthChicago, Illinois
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionCatholic
Websites
Office website
Campaign website
CandidateVerification
Burke Harr (b. October 13, 1971) is a member of the Nebraska Unicameral, representing District 8. He was first elected to the chamber in 2010.

Biography

Harr earned his B.A. from the University of St. Thomas in 1994 and his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1998. His professional experience includes working as a founding partner at Flatwater Strategies and as an attorney at Kutak Rock and Douglas County Attorney's Office.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Harr served on the following committees:

Nebraska Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture
Business and Labor, Vice Chair
Revenue

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Harr served on the following committees:

Issues

Campaign themes

2014

Harr's website highlights the following campaign themes:[1]

Crime

  • Excerpt: "Burke is firmly committed to strengthening Nebraska’s laws to make sure that those who seek to destroy our families and communities by will be met with swift and certain accountability through our criminal justice system. To honor this commitment, Burke will be introducing legislation on behalf of the Attorney General’s office to get tough on crime this current session."

Taxes

  • Excerpt: "Burke has heard from many Nebraska seniors who are struggling to pay the property taxes on their homes. Some are receiving Meals on Wheels to get the food and nutrition they need. He has also heard from working families who are also struggling to make ends meet. That is why Burke will fight for solutions to high property taxes and crime with tax relief and affordable housing."

Economic Development and Job Creation

  • Excerpt: "Burke also recognizes that government can play an important role in providing incentives that cultivate redevelopment and foster new job creation, helping pass important legislation that updated the Nebraska Advantage Act."

Education

  • Excerpt: "Nebraska’s future lies in our children. Every child in this state, regardless of where they live or the circumstances he or she is born into, deserves a quality education."

Environment

  • Excerpt: "Burke is committed to protecting Nebraska’s natural resources. Burke also understands the importance of Nebraska’s role in providing the renewable energy we need to reduce our dependence on foreign oil."

2012

Harr's website highlighted the following campaign issues:

  • Crime
Excerpt: "Burke Harr is firmly committed to strengthening Nebraska’s laws to make sure that those who seek to destroy our families and communities by perpetrating horrendous acts will be met with swift and certain accountability through our criminal justice system."
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "Burke understands that government must run more like a business. In tough economic times, businesses cut back on unneeded expenses. We must look to eliminate unnecessary positions, obtain efficiencies through innovation and technology and consolidate where possible."
  • Economic Development
Excerpt: "Burke understands the importance that small businesses play in making our economy strong. Burke also has years of experience working on legal matters for some of our country’s major businesses."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Burke understands that we are at a crossroads in education. The stakes could never be higher. Nearly two-thirds of our property tax payments goes to fund Education, but it seems that the problems in our schools are only multiplying."
  • Environment
Excerpt: "Burke understands that the existing state and federal laws are thwarting wind energy development. Burke is committed to creating legislation that will allow our public power districts and private industries to overcome the obstacles that have stymied this industry."

Elections

2014

See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2014

Elections for the office of Nebraska State Senate will take place in 2014. A primary election took place May 13, 2014. The general election will be held 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. Incumbent Burke Harr and Gwenn Aspen will face off in the general election. Both candidates were unopposed in the primary election.[2][3]

2010

See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Harr won election to the 8th District Seat in the Nebraska Senate, defeating John Comstock.[4]

Nebraska State Senate, District 8 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Burke Harr 3,257
John Comstock 3,101

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Harr is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Harr raised a total of $152,354 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[5]

Burke Harr's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nebraska State Senate, District 8 Not up for election $53,087
2010 Nebraska State Senate, District 8 Won $99,267
Grand Total Raised $152,354

2012

Harr was not up for election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Harr raised a total of $53,087.
Nebraska State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Burke Harr's campaign in 2012
Nebraska Association Of Trial Attorneys$2,500
Nebraska Optometric Association$2,000
Union Pacific Railroad$2,000
Altria$2,000
Nebraska State Education Association$1,600
Total Raised in 2012$53,087
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Harr won election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Harr raised a total of $99,267.

Scorecards

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2013-2014

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.[6]

  • Senators are scored on children's issues.
  • Senators are scored based on votes on selected business votes throughout his/her career in the Legislature.
  • Senators are scored based on votes on selected business votes throughout his/her career in the Legislature.

2011-2012

In 2011, the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature was in its 102nd Legislature, 1st Session from January 5 to June 8. In 2012, the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature was its 102nd Legislature, 2nd Session from January 4 to April 18.

  • Senators are scored on environment and conservation of land efforts.
  • Senators are scored on children's issues.
  • Senators are scored based on votes on selected business votes throughout his/her career in the Legislature.
  • Senators are scored based on votes on selected business votes throughout his/her career in the Legislature.

Personal

Harr and his wife, Jennifer, have one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tom White
Nebraska State Senate District 8
2011–present
Succeeded by
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