John Wightman

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John Wightman
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Nebraska State Senate District 36
Incumbent
In office
2007-Present
Term ends
January 7, 2015
Years in position 7
PartyNon-partisan
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 2, 2010
First elected2006
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Term limits2 four-year terms
Prior offices
Mayor, Lexington
1992-1995
Education
Bachelor'sKearney State College, 1959
J.D.University of Nebraska, 1963
Personal
BirthdayOctober 2, 1938
Place of birthNorth Platte, NE
ProfessionAttorney
ReligionMethodist
Websites
Office website
CandidateVerification
John Wightman (b. October 2, 1938) is an member of the Nebraska Unicameral representing District 36. He was first elected in 2006, and currently serves as Executive Board Chair.

Born October 2, 1938 in North Platte, Nebraska, Sen. Wightman is an attorney from Lexington, Nebraska. Prior to his election as Senator, he was mayor of Lexington. He was also a ember orLexington Planning Commission; Lexington City Council and the Lexington Council of Economic Development (director). [1] Wightman graduated from the University of Nebraska at Kearney, in 1959 and was a high school teacher for one year, before heading to law school.[2]

Wightman earned his Bachelors degree in education from Kearney State College in 1959 and his Juris Doctor from the University of Nebraska in 1963.

Wightman began working as an attorney for Smith Brothers in 1962. In 1974, he left to work for Wightman and Fallesen until 1990, when he began working for Cook, Wightman, and Doyle until 2001. In 2002 he began working for his present employers, Wightman and Wightman.

Wightman began his political experience in 1974 as part of the Lexington City Council. He remained on the council until 1978 but would later rejoin in 1984, continuing his service until 2000. Between that time, he served as mayor of the Lexington city council from 1992 to 1995. In 2007, he began his service as senator on the Nebraska State Legislature.

Wightman is involved with a number of organizations, including the Lexington Chamber of Commerce, Nebraska Bar Foundation, United Methodist Church, Dawson Area Development, Lexington Community Foundation, Dawson County Bar Association, Nebraska Bar Association, and the American Bar Association.

Wightman currently serves on two non-legislative committees, the Lexington Planning Commission and the Lexington Council of Economic Development.

On September 16, 2012, Wightman suffered a moderate stroke and was subsequently hospitalized. Previous health issues include three knee replacements, and an infection that kept him out of a portion of the legislative session in 2011.[3]

Committee assignments

2013-2014

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

Nebraska Committee Assignments, 2013
Appropriations

2011-2012

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

2009-2010

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

Elections

2010

See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2010

On November 2, 2010, Wightman was re-elected to the 36th District Seat in the Nebraska Senate. Wightman ran unopposed in the general election.[4]

2006

On November 7, 2006, Wightman won election to the 36th District Seat in the Nebraska Senate, defeating Dick Pierce.[5]

Nebraska State Senate, District 36 (2006)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png John Wightman 5,623
Dick Pierce 4,552

Issues

Endorsement

On September 21, 2011, Senator Deb Fischer announced that Wightman is one of thirteen State Senators in the Nebraska Unicameral that have endorsed her candidacy for the U.S. Senate.[6]

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Wightman is available dating back to 2006. Based on available campaign finance records, Wightman raised a total of $88,891 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 23, 2013.[7]

John Wightman's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nebraska State Senate, District 36 Not up for election $1,272
2010 Nebraska State Senate, District 36 Won $17,795
2008 Nebraska State Senate, District 36 Not up for election $11,323
2006 Nebraska State Senate, District 36 Won $58,501
Grand Total Raised $88,891

2012

Wightman was not up for election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Wightman raised a total of $1,272.
Nebraska State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to John Wightman's campaign in 2012
Monsanto$1,000
Total Raised in 2012$1,272
Source:Follow the Money

2010

Wightman won re-election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Wightman raised a total of $17,795.

2008

Wightman was not up for election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Wightman raised a total of $11,323.

2006

Wightman won election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2006. During that election cycle, Wightman raised a total of $58,501.

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Contact information

Sen. John Wightman
District 36
Room 2010
P.O. Box 94604
State Capitol
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2642
Email: jwightman@leg.ne.gov

Personal

Wightman is currently married to Janet Hyde with three children and is known to be Methodist.

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Nebraska State Senate District 36
2007–present
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