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Chambers won election in the 2012 election for [[Nebraska State Senate elections, 2012|Nebraska State Senate]] District 11.  Chamber ran unopposed in the May 15 primary election and defeated incumbent [[Brenda Council]] in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/2012/pdf/Candidate%20List.pdf Nebraska Secretary of State - 2012 Candidate List for the Primary Election]</ref><ref>[http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/2012/pdf/canvass-report-2012-primary.pdf Nebraska Secretary of State, "Official Report of The Board of State Canvassers of the State of Nebraska - Primary Election, May 15, 2012," accessed 29 June 2012]</ref>
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Chambers won election in the 2012 election for [[Nebraska State Senate elections, 2012|Nebraska State Senate]] District 11.  Chamber ran unopposed in the May 15 primary election and defeated incumbent [[Brenda Council]] in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.<ref>[http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/2012/pdf/Candidate%20List.pdf ''Nebraska Secretary of State'', "Statewide Candidate List," September 21, 2012. Accessed February 14, 2014]</ref><ref>[http://www.sos.ne.gov/elec/2012/pdf/canvass-report-2012-primary.pdf Nebraska Secretary of State, "Official Report of The Board of State Canvassers of the State of Nebraska - Primary Election, May 15, 2012," accessed 29 June 2012]</ref>
  
 
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Ernie Chambers
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Nebraska State Senate, District 11
Incumbent
In office
1971 - 2009, January 9, 2013 - present
Term ends
January 4, 2017
Years in position (current service)1
Years in position (previous service)38
Compensation
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 electedNovember 6, 2012
Next generalNovember 8, 2016
Term limits2 terms (8 years)
Education
High schoolOmaha Central High School
Personal
BirthdayJuly 10, 1937
ReligionAgnostic
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
Ernie Chambers (b. July 10, 1937) is a member of the Nebraska Unicameral, representing District 11. He was first elected to the chamber in 2012.

Chambers served in the Unicameral previously, representing District 11 from 1971 to 2009.

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Nebraska Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture
Business and Labor
Judiciary

Issues

Death penalty bills

In January 2013, Chambers, a staunch opponent of the death penalty, introduced Legislative Bill 542, which would strike from the law one of nine aggravating circumstances used to determine whether a convicted murderer is to be executed. He told the Judiciary Committee the following month that the circumstance that "[t]he murder was especially heinous, atrocious, cruel, or manifested exceptional depravity by ordinary standards of morality and intelligence" was vague and therefore unconstitutional on both the state and federal levels. Speaking for the Nebraska County Attorneys Association, attorney Joe Kelly countered that jurors are given instructions on how to determine heinousness.[1]

Chambers also introduced Legislative Bill 543 in January, calling for the outright abolishment of the death penalty in the state. This revived a tradition from his previous tenure in the Legislature in which he would submit a similar bill each year. The bill received a Judiciary Committee hearing on March 14, 2013.[2]

Elections

2012

See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2012

Chambers won election in the 2012 election for Nebraska State Senate District 11. Chamber ran unopposed in the May 15 primary election and defeated incumbent Brenda Council in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]

Nebraska State Senate, District 11, General Election, 2012
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngErnie Chambers 66.9% 6,734
     Nonpartisan Brenda Council Incumbent 33.1% 3,326
Total Votes 10,060

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Chambers is available dating back to 2000. Based on available campaign finance records, Chambers raised a total of $0 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[5]

Ernie Chambers's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nebraska State Senate, District 11 Won $0
2006 Nebraska State Senate, District 11 Not up for election $0
2004 Nebraska State Senate, District 11 Won $0
2000 Nebraska State Senate, District 11 Won $0
Grand Total Raised $0

Controversies

Federal complaint against Council

In October 2012, Chambers filed a federal complaint against then-Senator Brenda Council, alleging that she violated federal law in using campaign funds for gambling, as well as in filing false campaign reports. Council had already pleaded guilty to two related state misdemeanor charges; she was fined $500 with court costs. Chambers called Council "an embarrassment to the community," and said, "I can say truthfully I am not a crook." Council responded by saying the matter had been settled, and that discussion of issues in the senate race between them was being neglected.[6]

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Political offices
Preceded by
Brenda Council
Nebraska State Senate District 11
2013–present
Succeeded by
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Preceded by
George W. Althouse
Nebraska State Senate District 11
1971–2009
Succeeded by
Brenda Council