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John Nelson, Nebraska Legislator

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John Nelson
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Nebraska State Senate, District 6
Incumbent
In office
2007 - present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyNon-partisan
Compensation
Base salary$12,000/year
Per diem$129/day for those living 50+ miles from capitol, otherwise $46/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 four-year terms
Prior offices
Chief Deputy, Douglas County Election Commissioner, Omaha
1970 - 1978
Education
High schoolGeneva High School
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1957
J.D.Creighton University, 1964
Military service
Service/branchUnited States Navy
Years of service1957 - 1960
Service branchUnited States Naval Reserve
Years of service1964 - 1986
Personal
BirthdayDecember 29, 1935
Place of birthGeneva, Nebraska
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionPresbyterian
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
John Nelson (b. December 29, 1935) is a member of the Nebraska Unicameral, representing District 6. He was first elected to the chamber in 2006. He served as Executive Board Vice Chair in the 2011-2012 session.

Nelson began his political experience in 1964 by joining the Douglas County Young Republicans until 1970, when he became the chief deputy of the Douglas County Election Commissioner. In 1974, he joined the Nebraska Republican State Central Committee and his service in all three positions ended in 1978.

Biography

Nelson received his B.A. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1957, and his J.D. from Creighton Law School in 1964. His professional experience includes working as an attorney, focusing his practice on estate planning and small business law. Nelson is a retired United States Navy Reserve officer, attaining the rank of Commander; he also served three years in the United States Navy.[1]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

At the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, Nelson served on the following committees:

Nebraska Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations

2011-2012

In the 2011-2012 legislative session, Nelson served on the following committees:

2009-2010

In the 2009-2010 legislative session, Nelson served on the following committees:

Issues

Capitol design

In January 2014, Nelson sponsored a bill to spend $2.5 million of taxpayer dollars on four bronze water fountains for the state capitol. The fountains were part of a 1920s-era plan to update the state capitol’s design.[2] The fountains were the last phase of the capitol design. The bill included a three-year plan to construct and install the fountains. 31 lawmakers signed on to the bill as of January 2014.[2]

Arena board records

In January 2014, Nelson opposed legislation that would open the records of the Metropolitan and Convention Authority (MECA), an Omaha arena board that runs several convention centers, including a ballpark and civil auditorium. For a decade, MECA has not had to comply with Nebraska public records law. Nelson stated in an interview that he opposed the bill because it “falls outside the purpose and intent of the Open Meetings Law.”[3]

Elections

2010

See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Nelson was re-elected to the 6th District Seat in the Nebraska Senate, defeating Todd Frazier.[4]

Nebraska State Senate, District 6 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Nelson 5,031
Todd Frazier 2,896

2006

See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2006

On November 7, 2006, Nelson won election to the 6th District Seat in the Nebraska Senate, defeating Lynne Anderson.[5]

Nebraska State Senate, District 6 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Nelson 6,781
Lynne Anderson 4,328

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Nelson is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Nelson raised a total of $129,315 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 21, 2013.[6]

John Nelson's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nebraska State Senate, District 6 Not up for election $923
2010 Nebraska State Senate, District 6 Won $47,357
2008 Nebraska State Senate, District 6 Not up for election $17,615
2006 Nebraska State Senate, District 6 Won $63,420
Grand Total Raised $129,315

2012

Nelson was not up for election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $923.
Nebraska State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Nelson's campaign in 2012
AFLAC$300
Total Raised in 2012$923
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Nelson won re-election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $47,357.

2008

Nelson was not up for election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $17,615.

2006

Nelson won election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Nelson raised a total of $63,420.

Scorecards

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2013-2014

In 2013, the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature was in its 103rd Legislature, 1st Session from January 9 to June 5. In 2014, the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature was in its 103rd Legislature, 2nd Session from January 8 to April 17.[7]

  • Senators are scored on children's issues.
  • Senators are scored based on votes on selected business votes throughout his/her career in the Legislature.
  • Senators are scored based on votes on selected business votes throughout his/her career in the Legislature.

2011-2012

In 2011, the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature was in its 102nd Legislature, 1st Session from January 5 to June 8. In 2012, the Nebraska Unicameral Legislature was its 102nd Legislature, 2nd Session from January 4 to April 18.

  • Senators are scored on environment and conservation of land efforts.
  • Senators are scored on children's issues.
  • Senators are scored based on votes on selected business votes throughout his/her career in the Legislature.
  • Senators are scored based on votes on selected business votes throughout his/her career in the Legislature.

Personal

Nelson and his wife, Judy, have three children. He has been involved in a number of organizations, including the Historic Chelsea Township Cemetery, Omaha Toastmasters Club 229, Kiwanis Club of Omaha, Inc., Nebraska State and Omaha Bar Associations, General Practice Section Committee, Omaha Lawyer Referral Committee, Innocents Society, Omaha Central High School Parent-Educator-Pupil Organization, Central High School Foundation, Nebraska Department of Labor, and the Douglas County and State Republican Central Committees.

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Nebraska State Senate District 6
2007–present
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