CRETE – State Senator Laura Ebke announced Sunday she intends to seek re-election to the Nebraska Legislature.
Ebke represents Nebraska’s 32nd District, which includes all of Saline, Jefferson, Thayer and Fillmore Counties as well as a portion of southwestern Lancaster County.
Ebke said in a release, “It has been a great honor for me to serve the citizens of the 32nd Legislative district for almost 3 years now. During that time, I’ve conducted 34 town hall events in 18 different towns and villages in the district, and I’ve enjoyed getting to know the people and places of the district even better than I had before.”
Ebke is the chair of the Legislature’s Judiciary Committee as well as a special committee attempting to tackle problems in the state corrections system. She’s also a member of the Education Committee.
Ebke says she supports smaller, more efficient government which she believes can mean lower taxes and economic development but adds that she has tried to take a pragmatic approach to politics and find areas of compromise across the political spectrum.
She was elected to the officially nonpartisan Legislature in 2014 while registered as a Republican. In June 2016 she announced she was switching her party affiliation to Libertarian, citing frustration with her fellow Republicans including Gov. Pete Ricketts.
Since changing parties, she helped pass a law giving third parties easier access to the ballot in Nebraska.
Ebke is a graduate of Fairbury High School and lives in Crete with her husband and three children. She holds a PhD in Political Science and teaches as an adjunct professor for Doane University’s Professional Studies Program.