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State Sen. Tyson Larson resigns post two weeks early to work in Treasurer’s Office

December 28, 2018

LINCOLN — State Sen. Tyson Larson, whose term was set to expire in two weeks, has resigned early to take a job with incoming State Treasurer John Murante.

Larson, who represented northeast Nebraska’s 40th Legislative District since 2011, was term-limited, and his second term was set to expire Jan. 9, the day his successor, Tim Gragert of Creighton, will be sworn in.

But on Wednesday, Larson submitted a resignation letter, indicating that he would be resigning that day.

The letter, which was released by the Governor’s Office late Thursday, gave no indication of why the 32-year-old senator was resigning early, and Larson did not return messages seeking comment.

But Jana Langemach, a spokeswoman for current State Treasurer Don Stenberg, said Larson had been hired by the Treasurer’s Office to work Thursday and Friday at the request of Murante, a state senator who also will be sworn in Jan. 9.

Langemach said Larson’s work this week is to facilitate the coming transition in the office. She said that next week, he will be working on the transition without pay but will take a full-time job at the Treasurer’s Office after the new treasurer is sworn in.

Murante did not immediately return phone messages left Thursday evening.

Larson, a native of Weeping Water, Nebraska, was elected to represent District 40 in 2010. He defeated incumbent Sen. Cap Dierks by campaigning door-to-door and even farm-to-farm in the rural district.

Some had questions about the senator’s residency because he campaigned in a vehicle registered outside of the district and because his claimed residency was a room at a relative’s ranch near O’Neill.

Questions about Larson’s residency resurfaced in 2017, when the senator acknowledged that he was spending most of his time in Omaha, about 150 miles from District 40. Larson said he was in Omaha to care for a son amid an unresolved custody battle with his ex-wife. He maintained that he could still effectively represent his district even if he was “halfway around the world.”

State law concerning a state senator’s residency is fairly liberal. Residency, according to the law, is not necessarily based on where one is “domiciled,” but where “he or she has the intention of returning.”

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