Biography

Elected to Nebraska Legislature: 2014

Born Nov. 23, 1947, in Norfolk.

Education: Graduate of Randolph Public High School, 1965; Nebraska Wesleyan University (B.S. in biology), 1969; Illinois College of Podiatric Medicine (D.P.M, cum laude), 1976.

Family: Married Julie Beth Bryngelson, May 30, 1970; three children: Todd Harold Hilkemann, Elizabeth Sue Hilkemann Sullivan and Sara Ann Hilkemann Brinkmann.

Occupation: Retired podiatrist

Former: High school science teacher and head varsity football coach.

Member: American Podiatric Medical Association Board; Nebraska Podiatric Medical Association (legislative chairman and president, 1988-90; house of delegates member, 1982-93 and 1998-2013); Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association; foundation board, Tentmaker Youth Ministries; West Hills Church (elected elder).

Former member: Nebraska State Board of Health (chairman, vice chairman), 1984-88; board member, Patients’ Rights Committee, Martin Luther Home, 1985-95; board member, Dayspring Ministry, 1984-2000; board member, Youth for Christ Omaha, 1984-94; sponsoring family, The Nurturing Network, 1991-92; Illinois Podiatric Medical Students Association (student body president, 1974-75); Table Rock Teachers Association, 1969-72.

Honors and awards: Grace University Honorary Alumnus of the Year, 2007; American Podiatric Medical Association Fund for Podiatric Medical Education and Research’s National Podiatrist of the Year Award, 1999; Voice of Democracy and William H. Danforth “I Dare You” Award, 1965.