|Office website:||Official Link|
|2012-13 FY Budget:||$1,389,129|
|Term limits:||2 consecutive terms|
|Length of term:||4 years|
|Authority:||Nebraska Constitution, Article IV, Section I|
|Next election:||November 4, 2014|
|Last election:||November 2, 2010|
|Other Nebraska Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Auditor • Commissioner of Education • Agriculture Director • Insurance Director • Natural Resources Director • Labor Commissioner • Public Service Commission|
The treasurer is responsible for maintaining the state funds by investing and maintaining the state budget. The department's main purpose is to invest state funds and maintain accurate records of transactions enacted by the state. The state office also disperses funds to local governments as needed, keeps track of unclaimed property and helps with investments.
The treasurer is elected every four years.
The current treasurer of Nebraska is Don Stenberg (R). He was elected in 2010 and is serving in his first term. Stenberg was raised in Tekamah, Nebraska. His parents operated a small business out of their home. Before going to college, Stenberg worked on a farm, mowed lawns and worked as a life guard. He attended the University of Nebraska and won an athletic scholarship to run track. He went on to earn both an MBA and J.D. from Harvard.
After graduating from law school, Stenberg entered private practice in Lincoln where he practiced until 1979, when he was named legal counsel to the Governor of Nebraska. He served in several capacities while working for the governor, including Director of the Governor's Policy Research Office, Assistant to the Governor and Director of the Nebraska Department of Administrative Services. Stenberg served as the Attorney General of Nebraska from 1991 to 2003.
Under Article IV, Section I:
The executive officers of the state shall be the Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, Auditor of Public Accounts, State Treasurer, Attorney General, and the heads of such other executive departments as set forth herein or as may be established by law.
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Nebraska elects treasurers every four years during the mid-term elections, thus 2014 and 2018 are both treasurer election years.
Article IV, Section 3 of the state Constitution sets a limit of two consecutive terms for treasurers. After serving two consecutive terms, a person becomes eligible to run again for the position after four years and/or one full term.
As established by Article IV, Section 11 of the Nebraska Constitution, in the event of a vacancy in the office of treasurer, the governor fills the office by appointment. The appointee serves until a successor is elected and qualified.
Some of the duties of the Nebraska Treasurer include:
- Responsible for receipting in all monies from state government from taxes to tuition.
- Responsible for returning money, stocks, bonds, dividends, utility deposits, vendor payments, gift certificates and insurance proceeds to the rightful owners.
- The State Treasurer is the trustee of the Nebraska College Savings Program, a nationally distributed 529 plan that helps parents and grandparents save for their children’s and grandchildren’s education.
- Responsible for the centralized receipting and disbursing of child support and related court-ordered payments.
- The Nebraska Long-Term Care Savings Plan: A Nebraska-based plan providing state tax deductions and tax-free withdrawals for expenses and insurance premiums depending upon age and circumstance.
- NebraskaSpending.gov: A website, maintained by the State Treasurer’s Office, that discloses how the State of Nebraska spends and receives funds.
In addition to the Treasurer's Office, there are five other main divisions within the office of the Nebraska State Treasurer:
- Treasury Management Division
- Unclaimed Property Division
- College Savings Division
- Long-Term Care Savings Division
- Child Support Division
The budget for the Treasurer's office in Fiscal Year 2012-13 was $1,389,129.
- See also: Compensation of state executive officers
The officers provided for in this article shall receive such salaries as may be provided by law. Such officers, or such other officers as may be provided for by law, shall not receive for their own use any fees, costs, or interest upon public money in their hands.
In 2013, the treasurer's salary remained at $85,000.
There were three Treasurers of Nebraska Territory between 1855-1867.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1855-1867|
|1||Benjamin P. Rankin||18551|
|2||William W. Wyman||1855-1861|
There have been 43 State Treasurers of Nebraska since 1867. Of the 43 officeholders, 33 Republican, 8 were Democrat, 1 was Democrat/Populist and 1 was Democrat/Anti-Monopolist.
|List of Former Officeholders from 1867-Present|
|3||Henry A. Koenig||1871-1875||Republican|
|4||J. C. McBride||1875-1879||Republican|
|5||George M. Bartlett||1879-1883||Republican|
|6||Phelps D. Sturdevant||1883-1885||Democratic/Anti-Monopolists|
|7||Charles H. Willard||1885-1889||Republican|
|8||John E. Hill||1889-1893||Republican|
|9||Joseph S. Bartley||1893-1897||Republican|
|10||John B. Meserve||1897-1901||Democratic/Populist|
|13||L. G. Brian||1907-1911||Republican|
|14||Walter A. George||1911-1915||Republican|
|15||George E. Hall||1915-1919||Democratic|
|16||Daniel B. Cropsey||1919-1923||Republican|
|17||Charles D. Robinson||1923-1927||Republican|
|18||W. M. Stebbins||1927-1931||Republican|
|19||Truman W. Bass||1931-1933||Republican|
|20||George E. Hall||1933-1936||Democratic|
|21||H. J. Murray||1936-1937||Democratic|
|22||Walter H. Jensen||1937-1939||Democratic|
|24||L. B. Johnson||1941-1943||Republican|
|25||Carl G. Swanson||1943-1945||Republican|
|27||Frank B. Heintze||1951-1955||Republican|
|28||Ralph W. Hill||1955-1958||Republican|
|29||Bertha I. Hill||1958-1959||Republican|
|30||Richard R. Larsen||1959-1961||Democratic|
|31||Clarence L.E. Swanson||1961-1964||Republican|
|32||P. Merle Humphries||1964-1965||Republican|
|34||Wayne R. Swanson||1967-1975||Republican|
|36||Kay A. Orr||1981-1987||Republican|
|38||Dawn E. Rockey||1991-1995||Democratic|
|40||Lorelee Hunt Byrd||2001-2004||Republican|
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Nebraska State Treasurer's Office
Room 2005, State Capitol Bldg
PO Box 94788
Lincoln, NE 68509-4788
- Nebraska Treasurer "Responsibilities" Accessed August 4, 2012
- [www.treasurer.org/index.asp Office of the Nebraska Treasurer, "Homepage," accessed November 29, 2013]
- Nebraska Treasurer, "About state treasurer Don Stenberg," accessed January 9, 2012
- Nevada Legislative Counsel Bureau, "2011-2013 General Fund Appropriations Summary," accessed April 17, 2013
- Council of State Governments, Table 4.11 Selected State Administrative Officials: Annual Salaries, accessed January 31, 2014
- 2012-2013 Nebraska Bluebook, "State Executive Branch," accessed July 31, 2013