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Ken Schilz
Nebraska State Senate District 47
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)
Bachelor'sUniversity of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1992
Date of birthJanuary 17, 1969
Place of birthOgallala, NE
ProfessionMcGinley Schilz Feed Yard
Office website
Ken Schilz (b. January 17, 1969) is a member of the Nebraska Unicameral, representing District 47 since 2009.

Born January 17, 1969 in Ogallala, Nebraska, Schilz is a farmer. Schilz earned his bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1992.

Schilz worked as a farmer for McGinley Schilz Company from 1992 to 1995, and has since worked there as a supervisor.

Schilz began his political experience on the Nebraska Water Users Board of Directors in 1995. From 2000 to 2004, Schilz worked on the Governor's Platte River Advisory Committee. Since 2007, he has served on the Ogallala Planning and Zoning Committee.

Schilz is currently involved with a number of committees, including the Keith County Community Foundation Board of Directors, Knights of Columbus, Nebraska Farm Bureau, Ogallala/Keith County Chamber of Commerce, Saint Luke's Catholic Church, Keith County Community Foundation Board, Ogallala Elks Club, Ogallala Planning Commission Board, Water Education Committee for Lake McConaughy Visitors Center, Rotary Club, Keith County Area Development, Keith County Area Development, Western Irrigation District Member, Nebraska Water Users, Nebraska Water Users, Nebraska Cattlemen, and the Boy Scouts of America.

Committee assignments


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

Nebraska Committee Assignments, 2013
Agriculture, Chair
General Affairs
Natural Resources


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


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



See also: Nebraska State Senate elections, 2012

Schilz won re-election in the 2012 election for Nebraska State Senate District 47. Schilz was unopposed in the May 15 primary election and was unopposed in the general election which took place on November 6, 2012.[1][2]


On November 4, 2008, Schliz won election to the 47th District Seat in the Nebraska Senate, defeating Bernard Fehringer.[3]

Nebraska State Senate, District 47 (2008)
Candidates Votes
Green check mark transparent.png Ken Schliz 8,075
Bernard Fehringer 6,341

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Schilz is available dating back to 2008. Based on available campaign finance records, Schilz raised a total of $172,565 during that time period. This information was last updated on May 24, 2013.[4]

Ken Schilz's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Nebraska State Senate, District 47 Won $70,608
2010 Nebraska State Senate, District 47 Not up for election $39,082
2008 Nebraska State Senate, District 47 Won $62,875
Grand Total Raised $172,565


Schilz won re-election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2012. During that election cycle, Schilz raised a total of $70,608.
Nebraska State Senate 2012 election - Campaign Contributions
Top contributors to Ken Schilz's campaign in 2012
Payment On Pledges$7,884
Evertson Operating Co., Inc$5,000
Nebraska Bankers Association$3,450
Nebraska Telecommunications Association$2,350
Nebraska Chamber Of Commerce & Industry$2,265
Total Raised in 2012$70,608
Source:Follow the Money


Schilz was not up for election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2010. During that election cycle, Schilz raised a total of $39,082.


Schilz won election to the Nebraska State Senate in 2008. During that election cycle, Schilz raised a total of $62,875.

Contact information

Sen. Ken Schilz
District 47
Room 1202
P.O. Box 94604
State Capitol
Lincoln, NE 68509
Phone: (402) 471-2616


Schilz is currently married to Deb Schilz with two children and is known to be Catholic.

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