Nebraska State Senate elections, 2012

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Nebraska State Senate elections, 2012

Majority controlCampaign contributions
QualificationsTerm limitsImpact of Redistricting

State Legislative Election Results

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Nebraska State Senate
Elections for the office of Nebraska State Senate were held in Nebraska on November 6, 2012. A total of 26 seats were up for election.

The signature filing deadline for candidates wishing to run in these elections was March 1, 2012. The primary Election Day was May 15, 2012.

See also: State legislative elections, 2012

Incumbents retiring

Name Party Current office
Abbie Cornett Non-partisan Senate District 45
Chris Langemeier Non-partisan Senate District 23
Deb Fischer Non-partisan Senate District 43
Gwen Howard Non-partisan Senate District 9
Lavon Heidemann Non-partisan Senate District 1
LeRoy Louden Non-partisan Senate District 49
Mike Flood Non-partisan Senate District 19
Rich Pahls Non-partisan Senate District 31
Tony Fulton Non-partisan Senate District 29

Campaign contributions

See also: State-by-state comparison of donations to state senate campaigns

This chart shows how many candidates ran for state senate in Nebraska in past years and the cumulative amount of campaign contributions in state senate races, including contributions in both primary and general election contests. All figures come from Follow The Money.[1]

Year Number of candidates Total contributions
2010 51 $1,597,466
2008 74 $3,009,798
2006 83 $3,036,539
2004 56 $1,416,405
2002 53 $1,346,267

In 2010, the candidates for state senate raised a total of $1,597,466 in campaign contributions. The top 10 donors were:[2]

Donor Amount
Nebraska Education Association $80,347
Union Pacific Railroad $67,500
Nebraska Bankers Association $66,682
Nebraska Chamber of Commerce & Industry $61,584
Nebraska Association of Insurance & Financial Advisors $53,643
Nebraska Realtors Association $49,850
Nebraska Optometric Association $49,242
Nebraska State AFL-CIO $37,929
Associated General Contractors of Nebraska $37,765
Nebraska Association of Trial Attorneys $35,500

Impact of redistricting

See also: Redistricting in Nebraska

The Senate passed and Gov. Dave Heineman (R) signed a new legislative map on May 26, 2011. Because the unicameral is technically nonpartisan (at the time of signing, Republicans outnumbered Democrats 34-15), redistricting in Nebraska affects the balance of power between rural and urban areas rather than parties; in this case, urban senators are set to take a slight advantage. LeRoy Louden's rural northwest district notably moved across Nebraska to northwest Sarpy County, outside of Bellevue and Omaha, leading speaker Mike Flood -- himself a rural legislator -- to note that rural senators would need to put in more effort and start reaching out to urban senators to make up for their lost clout.[3][4][5]

Qualifications

To be eligible to serve in the Nebraska Senate, a candidate must be:[6]

  • At least 21 years of age
  • A resident of Nebraska, and specifically a resident of the legislative district he or she wishes to serve, for at least one year prior to the general election
  • Must not have ever been convicted of a felony

Term limits

Abbie Cornett represented District 45 of the Nebraska State Senate from 2005 until 2013. She was ineligible to run for re-election in 2012.
See also State legislatures with term limits and Impact of term limits on state senate elections in 2012

The Nebraska State Senate has been a term-limited state senate since Nebraska voters approved Initiative 415 (2000). Under the terms of Initiative 415, Nebraska's senators can serve no more than two consecutive 4-year terms in the state senate.

There are 49 Nebraska State Senators. In 2012, 9 current members, or 18.4% of the total senate seats, were ineligible to run for the senate again in November. Members of the Nebraska Unicameral are non-partisan. The senators ineligible to run for re-election were:

Non-Partisan (9):

List of candidates

District 1

Note: Incumbent Lavon Heidemann was ineligible to run due to term limits.

May 15 primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Independent Jerry Joy: 6,926
Independent Dan Watermeier: 8,737 Green check mark transparent.png

District 2

May 15 primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Independent R. Paul Lambert: 7,798
Independent Bill Kintner: 8,171 Green check mark transparent.png

District 3

May 15 primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Independent Scott Price: 6,997 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Suzanne McNamara: 5,490

District 5

May 15 primary candidates:
  • Heath Mello 2,577 Approveda- Incumbent Mello first assumed office in 2008.

November 6 General election candidates:

Independent Heath Mello: 7,769 Green check mark transparent.png

District 7

May 15 primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Independent Christopher N. Geary: 1,792
Independent Jeremiah J. Nordquist: 4,211 Green check mark transparent.png

District 9

Note: Incumbent Gwen Howard was ineligible to run due to term limits.

May 15 primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Independent Erica Fish: 4,092
Independent Sara Howard: 7,904 Green check mark transparent.png

District 11

May 15 primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Independent Brenda J. Council: 3,326
Independent Ernie Chambers: 6,734 Green check mark transparent.png

District 13

May 15 primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Independent Tanya Cook: 7,620 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Timothy Ashford: 4,940

District 15

May 15 primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Independent Charlie Janssen: 9,358 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Mike Petersen: 4,654

District 17

May 15 primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Independent Van Phillips: 4,203
Independent Dave Bloomfield: 6,577 Green check mark transparent.png

District 19

Note: Incumbent Mike Flood was ineligible to run due to term limits.

May 15 primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Independent Jim Scheer: 10,441 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent William T. Goodpasture: 3,014

District 21

May 15 primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Independent Mike Hilgers: 6,784
Independent Ken Haar: 6,869 Green check mark transparent.png

District 23

Note: Incumbent Chris Langemeier was ineligible to run due to term limits.

May 15 primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Independent Vern Barrett: 6,934
Independent Jerry Johnson: 8,032 Green check mark transparent.png

District 25

May 15 primary candidates:
  • Kathy Campbell 7,220 Approveda- Incumbent Campbell first assumed office in 2008.

November 6 General election candidates:

Independent Kathy Campbell: 15,970 Green check mark transparent.png

District 27

May 15 primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Independent Colby Coash: 7,389 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Kyle Michaelis: 4,175

District 29

Note: Incumbent Tony Fulton was ineligible to run due to term limits.

May 15 primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Independent Kate Bolz: 9,073 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Larry Zimmerman: 8,750

District 31

Note: Incumbent Rich Pahls was ineligible to run due to term limits.

May 15 primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Independent Rick Kolowski: 9,121 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Acela Turco: 8,413

District 33

May 15 primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Independent Les Seiler: 8,867 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Marvin Butch Hughes: 4,785

District 35

May 15 primary candidates:
  • Mike Gloor 3,507 Approveda- Incumbent Gloor first assumed office in 2008.

November 6 General election candidates:

Independent Mike Gloor: 8,810 Green check mark transparent.png

District 37

May 15 primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Independent Galen Hadley: 7,376 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Josiah H. Woodward: 6,772

District 39

May 15 primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Independent Beau McCoy: 9,391 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Judy M. Domina: 6,316

District 41

May 15 primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Independent Kate Sullivan: 14,062 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Brook Curtiss: 3,088

District 43

Note: Incumbent Deb Fischer was ineligible to run due to term limits.

May 15 primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Independent Al Davis: 8,750 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent John W. Ravenscroft: 8,137

District 45

Note: Incumbent Abbie Cornett was ineligible to run due to term limits.

May 15 primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Independent Sue Crawford: 7,111 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Richard Carter: 6,729

District 47

May 15 primary candidates:
  • Ken Schilz 5,419 Approveda- Incumbent Schilz first assumed office in 2008.

November 6 General election candidates:

Independent Ken Schilz: 13,681 Green check mark transparent.png

District 49

Note: Incumbent LeRoy Louden was ineligible to run due to term limits.

May 15 primary candidates:

November 6 General election candidates:

Independent John Murante: 8,508 Green check mark transparent.png
Independent Frank C. Wellenstein: 4,398

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