Brad Ashford

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Brad Ashford
Nebraska State Senate District 20
In office
1987-1995, 2007-Present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position (current service)8
Years in position (previous service)8
Base salary$12,000/year
Per diem$123/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
Bachelor'sColgate University, 1971
J.D.Creighton University School of Law, 1974
Date of birthNovember 10, 1949
Place of birthOmaha, NE
ProfessionCo-Owner, Nebraska Clothing Company
Office website
Brad Ashford (b. November 10, 1949) is a member of the Nebraska Unicameral representing District 20. He was first elected to this office in November 1986, serving from the time he assumed office in 1987 through early 1995. After a break, Ashford again sought election to the senate and was elected on November 7, 2006. He is also a potential 2014 candidate to the U.S. Senate representing Nebraska.[1]

Ashford voted in favor of Nebraska Legislative Bill 39, to restrict initiative rights in Nebraska.[2]

Born November 11, 1949 in Omaha, Nebraska, Ashford is a graduate of Westside High School, Gustavus Adolphus College, Colgate University, and the Creighton University School of Law. Ashford works as both an attorney and businessman.

Ashford earned his Bachelors degree from Colgate University in 1971 and his Juris Doctor from Creighton University School of Law in 1974.

Ashford began his professional experience in 1974 as an attorney for the General Counsel's Office of the Federal Highway Administration which lasted for one year. In 1975, Ashford began working as an attorney for Bradford and Cohen and he would continue to work there until 2003. In the mean time, starting in 1983, he began to work as a hearing examiner for the Nebraska Department of Education until 1984. In that year, he became a judge for the Nebraska Court of Industrial Relations for two years, his serivce ending in 1986. In 1998, he became the vice president and business development investor of and he is currently the co-owner of the Nebraska Clothing Company, which began in 1993.

Ashford was a senator for the Nebraska Legislature from 1987 to 1995.

Ashford was involved in a number of organizations, including the Omaha Housing Authority, American Arbitration Association, American Bar Association, Downtown Omaha, Incorporated, Minnesota Bar Association, Nebraska Bar Association, Nebraska Bar Foundation, Nebraska Court of Industrial Relations, Old Market Association, Omaha Bar Association, Omaha Housing Authority, Omaha Suburban Rotary, RACECO, Salvation Army Advisory Board, and the Westside High School Open Enrollment Committee.

Ashford served on a few non-legislative committees, including the Commission of Industrial Relations, Douglas County Efficiency Committee, Downtown Business Improvement District, and the Metropolitan Omaha Convention Sports Entertainment Authority.

Committee assignments


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

Nebraska Committee Assignments, 2013
Business and Labor
Judiciary, Chair
Urban Affairs


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


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


Tax reform

On January 22, 2013, Ashford and Senator Beau McCoy 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.[3] 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.[4] The Platte Institute for Economic Research, a pro-market think tank, supported eliminating both the personal and corporate income taxes.[5][6] 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.[7][8]


On September 21, 2011, Senator Deb Fischer announced that Ashford is one of thirteen State Senators in the Nebraska Unicameral that have endorsed her candidacy for the U.S. Senate.[9]



See also:United States Senate elections in Nebraska, 2014

Ashford is a potential 2014 candidate to the U.S. Senate representing Nebraska.[10]


See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Ashford was re-elected to the 20th District Seat in the Nebraska Senate. Ashford ran unopposed in the general election..[11]


On November 7, 2006, Ashford won re-election to the 20th District Seat in the Nebraska Senate, defeating Carol Casey.[12]

Nebraska State Senate, District 20 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Brad Ashford 6,913
Carol Casey 4,920

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Ashford is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Ashford raised a total of $174,827 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[13]

Brad Ashford's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nebraska State Senate, District 20 Not up for election $2,500
2010 Nebraska State Senate, District 20 Won $48,125
2008 Nebraska State Senate, District 20 Not up for election $39,100
2006 Nebraska State Senate, District 20 Won $85,102
Grand Total Raised $174,827


Ashford was not up for election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Ashford raised a total of $2,500.


Ashford won re-election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Ashford raised a total of $48,125.


Ashford was not up for election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Ashford raised a total of $39,100.


Ashford won election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Ashford raised a total of $85,102.

Judiciary Committee activities

Ashford is the chairman of the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee.

In June 2010, a controversial piece of immigration legislation found arrived on the Judiciary Committee's desk. The ordinance passed.

Ashford said the courts are far more likely to look favorably on the “employment piece of the Fremont ordinance than the renter piece.”

Ashford also downplayed allegations by some of Fremont’s critics who contend the vote was a racist attack against Hispanics. According to Ashford he “can’t look into the hearts of everybody,” but he is convinced the majority of Nebraskans want the federal government to protect the borders and enforce the immigration laws already on the books.[14]

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Contact information

Sen. Brad Ashford
Room 1103, State Capitol
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2622


Ashford and his wife, Ann, have three children

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Preceded by
Nebraska State Senate District 20
1987–1995, 2007-present
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