DiAnna Schimek

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DiAnna Schimek
Nebraska State Senate, District 27
Former member
In office
1989 to 2009
High schoolAlma High School, 1958
Associate'sColorado Woman's College, 1960
Bachelor'sKearney State College, 1963
Date of birthMarch 21, 1940
Place of birthHoldrege, Nebraska
DiAnna Schimek (b. 1940) is a former member of the Nebraska Unicameral, representing District 27 from 1989 to 2009.

Although members of the Unicameral are technically nonpartisan, Senator Schimek was a member of the Democratic Party and served on the Democratic National Committee from 1976-1988.[1]

Gov. Dave Heineman vetoed Schimek's LB 39, and Schimek successfully engineered an override of that veto, so that LB 39 is now state law.[2]


Schimek graduated from Alma High School in 1958, earned her A.A. from Colorado Woman's College in 1960 and earned her B.A. in education from Kearney State College in 1963. Her professional experience includes working as a realtor for Home Real Estate from 1987 to 1990 and as a teacher/substitute teacher for Lincoln and Hastings Public Schools from 1964 to 1979.[1]



In 2008, Senator Schimek proposed:

  • LB 1141,[3] which imposed aggressive new monitoring and registration requirements on homeschooling families.[4] Gov. Dave Heineman pledged to veto the bill.[5]
  • LB 824,[6] which mandated that appointed boards, commissions, committees and councils of the state must have equal numbers of men and women.[7]
  • 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.[8]


In 2006, Senator Schimek proposed:

Senator Schimek proposed a controversial bill in 2006 to allow for in-state tuition rates for illegal immigrants in the state of Nebraska.[9]


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.[10] 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.


Schimek and her husband, Herb Schimek, have two children.[1]

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Preceded by
Nebraska State Senate District 27
Succeeded by
Colby Coash