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Kathy Campbell (Nebraska)

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Kathy Campbell
Nebraska State Senate District 25
In office
2009 - present
Term ends
January 4, 2017
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)
Prior offices
Lancaster County Board of Commissioners
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1969
Master'sUniversity of Nebraska, Lincoln, 1970
Place of birthNorfolk, NE
ProfessionExecutive Vice President, CEDARS Home for Children Foundation
Office website
Campaign website
Kathy Campbell (b. 1946) is a member of the Nebraska Unicameral, representing District 25 since 2009. In the 2013-2014 session, Campbell serves on the Executive Board.

Born in Norfolk, Nebraska, Campbell is a former teacher and current charity Executive Vice-President residing in Lincoln. Her political career began with 16 years of service on the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners, and several gubernatorial political appointments.[1]

Campbell earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1969 and 1970 respectively.

From 1971 to 1972, Campbell worked as an English and history teacher for Sierra Vista, an Arizona public high school. In 1972, she worked as a graduate assistant for the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in addition to a position she held as an English teacher at Lincoln Public Schools Southeast High School. After one year, she dropped her position as English teacher and became involved in curriculum development as a consultant to Lincoln Public Schools from 1973 to 1974. Later, in 1982, she worked as executive director for the Nebraska Committee for Prevention of Child Abuse until 1984, when she became an accounts payable manager for Campbell's Nurserires. Her position within Campbell's Nurseries ended in 2002 and in 2003 she became the executive vice president for CEDARS Home for Children Foundation and currently serves in that regard.

Campbell began her political experience with her involvement in a number of political affiliations, including the Nebraska Supreme Court Committee on Inquiry, Nebraska Medicaid Reform Council, Nebraska Child Abuse Prevention Board, Nebraska Association of County Officials, Lincoln Partnership for Economic Development, Lincoln Electric System Administrative Board, and the Lancaster County-City of Lincoln Public Building Commission. In 1987, she became vice-chairman of the Lancaster County Board of Commissioners until 2003 and in 2008 she became a senator of Nebraska.

Campbell is currently involved in a number of organizations, including the Bryan LGH Medical Center Board of Trustees, Junior League of Lincoln, Leadership Lincoln Board of Directors, Lincoln Foundation Distribution Committee, Lincoln-Lancaster County Food, Bank Board of Directors Capital Campaign, National Council of Mortar Board Conferences and Alumni, Nebraska On the Move - A Statewide Transportation Study, Southern Heights Presbyterian Church, Star City Holiday Festival Board of Directors, Community Advisory Board, Union College, Board of Directors, United Way, Community Advisory Committee on Priorities, United Way, Women's Leadership Council, United Way, and the University of Nebraska Medical Center.

Campbell currently serves on a number of non-legislative committees, including the City of Lincoln Mayor's Economic Development Task Force Steering Commission, Governor's Task Force on Violence Against Women and Children, Lincoln Pubic Schools Student Housing Task Force, Nebraska Indigent Defense Task Force, Nebraska Study Commission - Delivery of Human Services, Nebraska Task Force on Foster Care Planning, and the Nebraska Transportation Task Force for Nebraska's Future.

Committee assignments


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

Nebraska Committee Assignments, 2013
Banking, Commerce and Insurance, Chair
Health and Human Services


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


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


Campaign themes

Campbell's website highlights the following campaign themes:[2]

Strengthen communities

  • "By emphasizing economic development to increase jobs and broaden the tax base."
  • "By promoting good roads and infrastructure that connects rural and urban economies with national commerce."

Sustainable fiscal strategies

  • "The state budget is a statement of Nebraska's priorities. How we structure taxes and provide services will be even more critical in the next three to five years. Unless we address Medicaid Reform, it will be increasingly difficult to balance and plan for other general fund needs."

Strengthen Communities

  • "By ensuring the safety of abused and neglected children."
  • "By emphasizing a strong education system from K-higher education."
  • "By increasing public/private partnerships in providing human services to children and vulnerable adults."
  • "By encouraging opportunities to keep young people in our communities and on our farms."



See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2012

Campbell won re-election in the 2012 election for Nebraska State Senate District 25. Campbell was unopposed in the May 15 primary election and was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[3][4]


On November 4, 2008, Campbell won election to the 25th District Seat in the Nebraska Senate, defeating Travis Wagner.[5]

Nebraska State Senate, District 25 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Kathy Campbell 14,515
Travis Wagner 8,069

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Campbell is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Campbell raised a total of $139,254 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 22, 2013.[6]

Kathy Campbell's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nebraska State Senate, District 25 Won $40,009
2010 Nebraska State Senate, District 25 Not up for election $11,826
2008 Nebraska State Senate, District 25 Won $87,419
Grand Total Raised $139,254


Campbell won re-election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Campbell raised a total of $40,009.
Nebraska State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Kathy Campbell's campaign in 2012
Nebraska State Education Association$2,366
Nebraska Bankers Association$2,100
Nebraska Realtors Association$1,500
Nebraska Hospital Association$1,500
Total Raised in 2012$40,009
Source: Follow the Money


Campbell was not up for election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Campbell raised a total of $11,826.


Campbell won election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Campbell raised a total of $87,419.


On September 21, 2011, Senator Deb Fischer announced that Campbell was one of thirteen State Senators in the Nebraska Unicameral to endorse her candidacy for the U.S. Senate.[7]


Campbell is currently married to Richard Campbell with two children and is known to be Presbyterian.

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