Beau McCoy

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Beau McCoy
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Nebraska State Senate, District 39
In office
2009 - present
Term ends
January 9, 2013
Years in position 6
Base salary$12,000/year
Per diem$123/day for those living 50+ miles from capitol, otherwise $46/day
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 6, 2012
First elected2008
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Bachelor'sBellevue University
Date of birthNovember 12, 1980
Place of birthBurlington, Colorado
ProfessionHome improvement contractor
Office website
Campaign website
Beau McCoy (b. November 12, 1980) is a member of the Nebraska Unicameral, representing District 39. He was first elected to the chamber in 2008. McCoy ran for Governor of Nebraska in the 2014 elections.[1]


McCoy graduated from Bellevue University in 2007; while there, he was the national committeeman for the Nebraska Federation of Young Republicans. His professional experience includes working as a home improvement contractor.[2][3]

Committee assignments


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

Nebraska Committee Assignments, 2013
Transportation and Telecommunications


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


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


Campaign themes


McCoy's website highlighted the following campaign themes:[4]

Energize our economy and create jobs

  • "Continue to promote a pro-growth, business-friendly environment that will keep and attract good-paying jobs."
  • "Eliminate government red tape, bureaucracy, and frivolous lawsuits that kill jobs."
  • "Provide needed tax cuts to our small business owners who are struggling to get by in this tough economy."
  • "Invest in new infrastructure to ensure that the groundwork for a strong economy is in place."

Holding the line on taxes and spending

  • "Promote property tax relief for struggling home and small business owners."
  • "Reduce sales and income taxes to help our families and retirees save."
  • "Eliminate pork barrel legislation that increases spending and wastes our tax dollars."
  • "Inject fiscal responsibility into government, ensuring Lincoln works within a responsible, common-sense budget – just like our families must."

Protecting our families

  • "Continue to propose and support legislation protecting our children and families from dangerous synthetic drugs."
  • "Protect our children and families from dangerous sex offenders and drug dealers."

Upholding Nebraska values

  • "Continue to fight the burdensome Nationalized Healthcare that takes important decisions away from our families."
  • "Protect every innocent life from conception through natural death."

Tax reform

On January 22, 2013, McCoy and Senator Brad Ashford introduced two tax reform bills on behalf of Governor Dave Heineman which were referred to the Revenue Committee. LB 405 would repeal the state personal and corporate income taxes while also eliminating $2.4 billion worth of sales tax exemptions.[5] The more limited LB 406 would repeal just the corporate income tax and eliminate $400 million worth of sales tax exemptions while also exempting up to $12,000 of retirement income from the income tax.[6] The Platte Institute for Economic Research, a pro-market think tank, supported eliminating both the personal and corporate income taxes.[7][8] On February 13, after his tax reform proposals had met with significant opposition from businesses and others who would have been affected by eliminating the sales tax exemptions, Heineman said he wanted the bills pulled so that Revenue Committee Chairman Galen Hadley could develop a more comprehensive tax reform plan. McCoy agreed with the governor's request, but Ashford only wanted to do so if the legislature adopted a moratorium on new sales tax exemptions during the development of the new plan.[9][10]



See also: Nebraska gubernatorial election, 2014

McCoy ran for Governor of Nebraska. Incumbent Dave Heineman (R) is ineligible to seek re-election in 2014 due to term limits.[11] Mcoy formally announced his candidacy on September 10, 2013 and started his campaigning with a visit to twenty Nebraska cities within the first week.[12]McCoy sought the Republican nomination in the primary on May 13, 2014.[1] The general election took place November 4, 2014.


See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2012

McCoy won re-election in the 2012 election for Nebraska State Senate District 39. McCoy was unopposed in the May 15 primary election and defeated Judy M. Domina in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[13][14]

Nebraska State Senate, District 39, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngBeau McCoy Incumbent 59.8% 9,391
     Nonpartisan Judy Domina 40.2% 6,316
Total Votes 15,707


On November 4, 2008, McCoy won election to the 39th District Seat in the Nebraska Senate, defeating Rex Moats.[15]

Nebraska State Senate, District 39 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Beau McCoy 14,268
Rex Moats 12,183

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for McCoy is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, McCoy raised a total of $229,870 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[16]

Beau McCoy's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nebraska State Senate, District 39 Won $115,423
2010 Nebraska State Senate, District 39 Not up for election $39,930
2008 Nebraska State Senate, District 39 Won $74,517
Grand Total Raised $229,870


McCoy won re-election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, McCoy raised a total of $115,423.


McCoy was not up for election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, McCoy raised a total of $39,930.


McCoy won election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, McCoy raised a total of $74,517.


McCoy and his wife, Shauna Smagacz, have three children. He has been involved with the Nebraska Federation of Young Republicans and the Young Republicans of Omaha.[17]

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