Gwen Howard

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Gwen Howard
Nebraska State Senate District 9
Former member
In office
2005 - 2013
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2004
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
High schoolOmaha Benson High School
Bachelor'sMidland Lutheran College, 1967
Master'sUniversity of Nebraska, 1974
Date of birthJune 24, 1945
Place of birthOmaha, NE
ProfessionSocial Worker
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Gwen Howard (b. June 24, 1945) is a former member of the Nebraska Unicameral, representing District 9 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 nonpartisan, 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 earned her bachelor's degree in Sociology/Psychology from Midland Lutheran College in 1967 and her MSW from the University of Nebraska in 1974. Her professional experience includes working 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.[3]

Committee assignments


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


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


Howard voted in favor of Nebraska Legislative Bill 39, to restrict initiative rights in Nebraska.[4]



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.[5]

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


See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2008

On November 4, 2008, Howard won re-election to the 9th District Seat in the Nebraska Senate unopposed.[6]

Nebraska State Senate, District 9 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Gwen Howard 8,993

Campaign donors


In 2008, Howard collected $62,182 in donations.[7]

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


Howard was born on June 24, 1945, and raised in Omaha, Nebraska. She is widowed with two children and is known to be Lutheran. 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.[3]

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Preceded by
Nebraska State Senate District 9
Succeeded by
Sara Howard