Gwen Howard

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Gwen Howard
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Nebraska State Senate District 9
Former member
In office
2005 - 2013
PartyNon-partisan
Compensation
Base salary$12,000/year
Per diem$109/day for those living 50+ miles from capitol, otherwise $39/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Education
High schoolOmaha Benson High School
Bachelor'sMidland Lutheran College, 1967
Master'sUniversity of Nebraska, 1974
Personal
BirthdayJune 24, 1945
Place of birthOmaha, NE
ProfessionSocial Worker
ReligionLutheran
Websites
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Gwen Howard (b. June 24, 1945) is a former member of the Nebraska Unicameral, representing the 9th District from 2005 to 2013.

Howard sought election to the U.S. House to represent the 2nd Congressional District of Nebraska. Members of the Nebraska State Senate are non-partisan, but Howard ran for the U.S. House as a Democratic candidate.[1] She was defeated by John Ewing in the Democratic primary.[2]

Howard is a social worker and adoption specialist. She earned her bachelor's degree in Sociology/Psychology from Midland Lutheran College in 1967 and her MSW from the University of Nebraska in 1974.

Howard began her professional experience as a case manager for the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services from 1969 to 1975. In that year, she became a child protective worker for the same organization until 1989. In that year, she once again transferred positions to a permanency reviewer until 1997, in which year she became an adoption specialist/social worker, her current occupation.

Gwen Howard is involved in a number of organizations, including the Academy of Certified Social Workers, National Association of Social Workers, American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, and the Nebraska Association of Public Employees.

Issues

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

Committee assignments

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2012

See also: Nebraska's 2nd Congressional District elections, 2012

Howard ran in the 2012 election for the U.S. House to represent Nebraska's 2nd District. She sought the nomination on the Democratic ticket, but she was defeated by John Ewing in the Democratic primary.[4]

U.S. House, Nebraska District 2 Democratic Primary, 2012
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngJohn Ewing 62% 17,954
Gwen Howard 38% 11,009
Total Votes 28,963

2008

On November 4, 2008, Howard won re-election to the 9th District Seat in the Nebraska Senate unopposed.[5]

Nebraska State Senate, District 9 (2008)
Candidates Votes


Green check mark transparent.png Gwen Howard 8,993

Campaign donors

2008

In 2008, Howard collected $62,182 in donations.[6]

Her five largest contributors in 2008 were:

Donor Amount
Ironworkers Local 21 $6,000
Nebraska Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors $2,500
Omaha Education Association $2,000
Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys $2,000
Union Pacific Railroad $2,000

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Contact information

Sen. Gwen Howard
Room 1208, State Capitol
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2723
E-mail: ghoward@leg.ne.gov

Personal

Howard was born on June 24, 1945, and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She is widowed with two children and is known to be Lutheran.

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Preceded by
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Nebraska State Senate District 9
2005–2013
Succeeded by
Sara Howard