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Nebraska

Cornhusker State

Nebraska is the only triple landlocked state – to get to an ocean, one must travel through three states. It is also the only state with a unicameral state legislature, meaning that instead of having a house and a senate, it has a single governing body. In 1986, Nebraska became the first American state to have a gubernatorial race where both major party candidates were women. Despite this historic first, now only 27% of the state’s legislature are women. Nebraska is one of 22 states where Republicans control the governorship and the state legislature.

State capital

Lincoln

Population 2017

1920076

Largest city

Omaha

Year entered union

1867

State flower

Goldenrod

Motto

"Equality before the law"

  • Rep

    Governor

  • 49 Total Seats

    State Senate

    • 34
    • 14
    • 11
    • 0

    Democrats

    Republicans

    Independent

    Vacancies

    Policies & Political Updates

    • In 2020, Nebraska voters will decide whether to legalize casino gambling

      Business and industrial policy

      30/06/2019

    • Now you can listen to Governor Ricketts' new podcast

      Gubernatorial politics, State government

      26/06/2019

    • Voter-approved Medicaid expansion finally begins in Nebraska

      Healthcare

      23/06/2019

    • New Nebraska Law Puts Focus on Future State Budgets

      Budgets and finance

      20/06/2019

    • Stage AG is only one to not pursue a lawsuit against an opioid company

      Drug policy

      12/06/2019

    • State Game and Parks Commission mulls mountain lion hunting season

      Environment

      12/06/2019

    • Prison cellphone ban advances

      Incarceration and recidivism

      15/05/2019

    • Lawmakers to vote on package making it easier to prosecute human traffickers

      Justice and the courts, Policing

      12/05/2019

    • Governor Pete Rickets criticizes proposed sales tax increase on car repairs

      Business and industrial policy, Taxation, Transport and infrastructure

      6/05/2019

    • State may increase e-cigarette age limit to 19

      Healthcare

      30/04/2019

    • State prisons try to attract new workers

      State government

      22/04/2019

    • New ACLU report shows evidence of bias against minorities in policing

      Civil Rights, Policing

      2/04/2019

    • New bill targets human trafficking

      Civil Rights, Justice and the courts

      13/03/2019

    • Online sales tax proposal advances

      Taxation

      4/03/2019

    • State officials subpoena hundreds of Catholic churches as part of sexual abuse investigations

      Justice and the courts

      28/02/2019

    • State looks at abolishing recall elections

      Elections and voting

      14/02/2019

    • Nebraska has no formal plan to deal with extreme weather

      Climate Change

      10/02/2019

    • Bill to help policymakers identify Native American missing person cases advances

      Civil Rights, Justice and the courts

      7/02/2019

    • Outdated voting machines spark election worries in Nebraska

      Voting and electoral systems

      21/11/2018

    • Medicaid Expansion Passes in Three Red States

      Healthcare

      8/11/2018

    • Medicaid Expansion Measure Certified for Nebraska Ballot

      Healthcare

      26/08/2018

    State Facts and Figures

    • Governor

      • Governor
        Pete Ricketts
      • Governor's Party
        Republican
      • Running for re-election?
        Yes
      • General Election
        Nov 6 2018
      • Primary Election
        May 15 2018
      • Open or Closed Primary
        Closed
      • Governor and Lieutenant Governor on same ticket
        Yes
    • Lieutenant Governor

      • Lieutenant Governor
        Mike Foley
      • Lieutenant Governor's Party
        Republican
      • General Election
        Nov 6 2018
      • Primary Election
        May 15 2018
      • Open or Closed Primary
        Closed
    • Attorney General

      • Attorney General
        Doug Peterson
      • Attorney General Party
        Republican
      • General Election
        Nov 6 2018
      • Primary Election
        May 15 2018
    • State Senate

      • Length of Term (Years)
        4
      • Term Limits
        2
      • Scheduled Session 2018
        Jan 3 - April 18
      • Total Members
        49
      • Number who are Democrats
        14
      • Number who are Republicans
        34
      • Number who are POC
        3
      • Percentage who are POC
        6%
      • Number who are men
        35
      • Percentage who are men
        71%
      • Number who are women
        13
      • Percentage who are women
        27%
      • General Election
        Nov 6 2018
      • Primary Election
        May 15 2018
    • State Assembly

    • Representation in Congress

      • Senior Senator
        Deb Fischer
      • Party
        Republican
      • Next Election
        2024
      • Junior Senator
        Ben Sasse
      • Junior Senators Party
        Republican
      • Next Election Year
        2020
      • U.S. House Republicans
        3
    • Demographics

      • Female, percent
        50.1%
      • White alone, percent
        88.6%
      • Black or African American alone, percent
        5.1%
      • American Indian and Alaska Native alone, percent
        1.5%
      • Asian alone, percent
        2.6%
      • Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone, percent
        0.1%
      • Two or More Races, percent
        2.2%
      • Hispanic or Latino, percent
        11%
      • Number of Veterans, 2012-2016
        127,340
      • Percentage of foreign born persons, 2012-2016
        6.7%
      • Language other than English spoken at home, percent of persons aged 5+, 2012-2016
        11%
      • Number of Homeless
        2,501
      • Number of Kids in Foster Care, 2015
        3,887
      • Percentage in Foster Care for 5 or more years
        4%
      • Number in Foster Care per Thousand
        5
    • Economy

      • Minimum wage level in 2018 (Dollars per hour)
        9
      • Annual state budget in Dollars (2016)
        11,610,000,000
      • State Credit Rating as of 2017
        AAA
      • State Debt in Dollars (2014)
        1,809,126,000
      • Maximum State Income Tax Level, Percent
        6.84%
    • Top Export by value, 2017

      • Top 1
        Meat of bovine animals
      • Top 2
        Nuclear reactors, boilers, machinery
      • Top 3
        Corn
    • Healthcare

      • Children's Uninsured Rate
        5%
      • Parents' Uninsured Rate
        11%
      • Medicaid Expansion
        No
    • Policy

      • Capital punishment
        Yes
      • Legalization of cannabis
        Medicinal decriminalized, recreational illegal
      • Assisted dying and euthanasia
        No
      • Mean travel time to work (minutes), workers age 16 years+, 2012-2016
        18.3
      • Persons in Poverty, Percent
        11.4%
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