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Dave Pankonin
Nebraska State Senate District 2
Former member
In office
2007-October 7, 2011
Prior offices
Mayor of Louisville
Louisville City Council
High schoolLouisville High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nebraska, 1974
Dave Pankonin (b. December 1, 1951) is a former member of the Nebraska Unicameral, representing District 2 from 2006 to October 7, 2011. On August 31, 2011, Pankonin announced his resignation from the Nebraska Unicameral, citing more time needed with his family's agricultural equipment dealership as well as additional responsibilities at the Home State Bank in Louisville.[1]

Pankonin began his political experience as a member on the Louisville Public Schools Board and the Louisville City Council in 2000. He left the city council in 2003 to become Mayor of Louisville, Nebraska until 2006, in the year which he was elected a Nebraskan senator.[2]


Pankonin graduated from Louisville High School, earned his Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska in 1974 and attended the M.B.A. program at Northwestern University from 1974 to 1975. His professional experience includes serving as the president and owner of Pankonin's, Incorporated.[2]

Committee assignments


In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Pankonin served on these committees:


In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Pankonin served on these committees:



Pankonin voted in favor in Nebraska Legislative Bill 39, to restrict initiative rights in Nebraska.[3]



See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Pankonin was re-elected to the 2nd District Seat in the Nebraska Senate, defeating Nate Louderback.[4]

Nebraska State Senate, District 2 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dave Pankonin 6,853
Nate Louderback 2,183


See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Pankonin won election to the 2nd District Seat in the Nebraska Senate, defeating Jerry Bond.[5]

Nebraska State Senate, District 2 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Dave Pankonin 7,932
Jerry Bond 3,538

Campaign donors


In 2010, a year in which Pankonin was up for re-election, he collected $42,311 in donations.[6]

His largest contributors in 2010 were:


In 2008, a year he was not up for re-election, Pankonin collected $18,398 in donations.[7]

His five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Nebraska Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors $2,000
Nebraska State Education Association $1,200
Nebraska Society of Certified Public Accountants $1,000
Union Pacific Railroad $750
Pfizer $600


On September 21, 2011, Senator Deb Fischer announced that Pankonin was one of thirteen State Senators in the Nebraska Unicameral that endorsed her candidacy for the U.S. Senate.[8]


Pankonin was born in Lincoln, Nebraska on December 1, 1951, and raised in Louisville, Nebraska. He is married to Lori Pankonin. Pankonin was involved with a number of organizations, including the Cass County Historical Society, Home State Bank, Louisville Care Center Advisory Board, Louisville First United Methodist Church, Louisville Public Library Board, Nebraska United Methodist Church Council on Finance and Administration, Nebraska United Methodist Foundation and the College of Business Administration Alumni Association, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.[2]

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Preceded by
Nebraska State Senate District 2
Succeeded by
Paul Lambert