Senator Jim Scheer of Norfolk wins re-election as speaker

January 11, 2019

LINCOLN - Nebraska State Senator Jim Scheer of Norfolk won re-election as speaker of the Legislature Wednesday in Lincoln during the first day of the 90-day session.

Scheer said he was first elected speaker two years ago and his intentions haven’t changed since.

“Those of you that are returning senators might recall that I told you I would act with integrity, fairness, and I would be consistent. There would be no special deals and there hasn’t been. I hope that I have shown that to you over the last two years that I would deserve to be re-elected in this position. For those of you that are newly elected or appointed, I would tell you the same promise holds true today as it did two years ago.”

Scheer was sworn into the position by Nebraska Supreme Court Chief Justice Michael Heavican.

He will set the Legislature’s daily agenda, control the length of debate on individual bills, and help broker agreements among lawmakers when the Legislature has reached an impasse.

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