DiAnna Schimek (b. 1940) was a Nebraska state senator from Lincoln, Nebraska in the Nebraska Unicameral from 1989 to 2009. She is married to Herb Schimek, who is a lobbyist for the Nebraska State Education Association. Although members of the Unicameral are technically non-partisan, Senator Schimek is a member of the Democratic Party who served on the Democratic National Committee from 1976-1988. She was responsible for introducing Nebraska Legislative Bill 39 with its new restrictions on the initiative process.
She was born on March 21, 1940, in Holdrege, Nebraska and graduated from Alma High School in 1958. She attended Colorado Woman's College and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, graduating from Kearney State College in 1963.
Schimek was elected in 1988 to represent the 27th Nebraska legislative district and re-elected in 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004. Due to term limits, she left office in 2009. She served on the Business and Labor and Urban Affairs committees as well as the Committee on Committees and chairs the Government, Military and Veterans' Affairs.
Legislation supported by Schimek
In 2008, Senator Schimek proposed:
- LB 1141, which imposed aggressive new monitoring and registration requirements on homeschooling families. Gov. Dave Heineman pledged to veto the bill.
- LB 824, which mandated that appointed boards, commissions, committees and councils of the state must have equal numbers of men and women.
- LB 1148, a bill to phase out the use of confinement crates for pregnant sows. Schimek withdrew the bill five days after she introduced it, saying "I'm saying I didn't give it a thought, and that's a terrible way to introduce legislation in the first place." Schimek was prompted to introduce the bill by the Humane Society of the United States, which has sponsored petition drives in two states to eliminate gestation crates.
Senator Schimek proposed a controversial bill in 2006 to allow for in-state tuition rates for illegal immigrants in the state of Nebraska.
- Official Unicameral biography of DiAnna Schimek
- History of restrictions to initiative rights in Nebraska
- Nebraska State Education Association staff list
- Gov. Heineman vetoes petition changes
- Nebraska History, "DiAnna Schimek," accessed April 27, 2012
- LB 1141
- Legislator Wants to Take Homeschool Law Back to the ‘Dark Ages’
- Heineman: I'll veto home-school testing bill February 6, 2008 Lincoln Journal-Star
- LB 824
- Lawmaker wants equal number men, women on state boards January 10, 2008, Lincoln Journal-Star
- Bill to regulate hog enclosures has short life
- Message from State Senator DiAnna Schimek to the Lancaster County Democrats