Burke Harr

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Burke Harr
Nebraska State Senate District 8
In office
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 4
Base salary$12,000/year
Per diem$123/day for those living 50+ miles from capitol, otherwise $46/day
Elections and appointments
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 four-year terms
Bachelor'sUniversity of St. Thomas, 1994
J.D.University of Notre Dame Law School, 1998
Date of birthOctober 13, 1971
Place of birthChicago, IL
Office website
Burke Harr (b. October 13, 1971) is a member of the Nebraska State Senate. He has represented District 8 since 2011.

Harr has worked as a founding partner at Flatwater Strategies, Limited Liability Company. He has also worked as an attorney at Kutak Rock and Douglas County Attorneys Office.

Harr earned his JD from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1998. He also received his BA from the University of St. Thomas in 1994.

Committee assignments


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

Nebraska Committee Assignments, 2013
Business and Labor, Vice Chair


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


Campaign themes

Harr's website highlighted the following campaign issues:

  • Crime
Excerpt: "Burke Harr is firmly committed to strengthening Nebraska’s laws to make sure that those who seek to destroy our families and communities by perpetrating horrendous acts will be met with swift and certain accountability through our criminal justice system."
  • Taxes
Excerpt: "Burke understands that government must run more like a business. In tough economic times, businesses cut back on unneeded expenses. We must look to eliminate unnecessary positions, obtain efficiencies through innovation and technology and consolidate where possible."
  • Economic Development
Excerpt: "Burke understands the importance that small businesses play in making our economy strong. Burke also has years of experience working on legal matters for some of our country’s major businesses."
  • Education
Excerpt: "Burke understands that we are at a crossroads in education. The stakes could never be higher. Nearly two-thirds of our property tax payments goes to fund * Education, but it seems that the problems in our schools are only multiplying."
  • Environment
Excerpt: "Burke understands that the existing state and federal laws are thwarting wind energy development. Burke is committed to creating legislation that will allow our public power districts and private industries to overcome the obstacles that have stymied this industry."



See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Harr won election to the 8th District Seat in the Nebraska Senate, defeating John Comstock.[1]

Nebraska State Senate, District 8 General election (2010)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Burke Harr 3,257
John Comstock 3,101

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Harr is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Harr raised a total of $152,354 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[2]

Burke Harr's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nebraska State Senate, District 8 Not up for election $53,087
2010 Nebraska State Senate, District 8 Won $99,267
Grand Total Raised $152,354


Harr was not up for election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Harr raised a total of $53,087.


Harr won election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Harr raised a total of $99,267.

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Harr and his wife, Jennifer, have one child.

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Political offices
Preceded by
Tom White
Nebraska State Senate District 8
Succeeded by