Biography

Elected to Nebraska Legislature: 2014

Born Joni James, August 11, 1954, in Nebraska City.

Education: Graduate of Nebraska City High School, 1972; University of Nebraska Medical Center (B.S. in medical technology), 1976; University of Kansas (M.P.A.), 1982.

Family: Married Richard J. Hoback, Aug. 23, 2012; four children: Staci Craighead and Jennifer Craighead Dumas (with late husband Michael Craighead); Carrie Hoback Hill and Kyle Hoback.

Occupation: Realtor, real estate developer

Former: Governmental affairs director, Omaha Area Board of Realtors; coordinator, Nebraska Business Development Center, retail business owner, author and magazine publisher, business consultant, medical technologist, laboratory director, cofounder of two nonprofit organizations.

Member: GOP Business and Professional Women.

Former member: chair, Douglas County Republican Party (vice chair, finance chair); member, Nebraska Republican Party Central Committee; state judge, American National Teenager Scholarship Organization; judge, Outstanding Young Woman of Nebraska Pageant (America’s Junior Miss); board, Grace University Foundation; board, The Cholangiocarcinoma Foundation; board, YWCA; board, Friends of Lied (publications editor); American Heart Association; committee, Child Saving Institute Cabaret; board, Opera Omaha – Cotillion; capital campaign publicity committee, Westside Church; annual fund drive vice chair, Great Plains Girl Scout Council; Omaha Junior League; judge, Miss America Scholarship Organization; board, Miss Omaha/Douglas County and Miss Lincoln/Lancaster County Pageants; judge, Our Diamond Miss Pageant; board, Nebraska Children’s Home Society; board, Big Brothers/Big Sisters; guild member and fundraising committee, The Rose Theater; board, One to One Leadership Council; founder and sponsor, Celebrate Mentoring Week; women’s mentoring task force, Institute for Career Advancement Needs; walk committee, National Conference for Community and Justice; alumni chapter, Gamma Phi Beta sorority; board, Act II, Omaha Symphony Guild; board, Friends of Family Service; AkSarBen Friends; volunteer, Madonna School; volunteer, Clarkson Hospital Guild.

Honors and awards: Omaha Junior League, Sustainer Hall of Fame, 2006; Omaha Businesswoman of the Year, ABWA, 2003; Tanner Foundation Legacy Award for Community Advocacy, 2000; Omaha Junior League, President’s Award, 1999; SBA Outstanding Nebraska Advocate for Women in Business, 1996; Ten Outstanding Young Omahans, 1993; Outstanding Executive Director, Miss Kansas Scholarship Pageant, 1990; Women of the Year, ABWA, 1986.