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June 9, 2011
Greetings to my new Legislative District 16 constituents! It is an honor to represent you in our Nebraska Legislature. As you may or may not be aware, redistricting took place during the first session of the 102nd Legislature, changing the face of many legislative districts effective May 27th, including District 16, which now encompasses all of Washington County.
As your elected representative in the Legislature, I want to take this opportunity to introduce myself. I am a resident of rural Bancroft, elected as the District 16 senator last fall. I am married to a farmer and have two married adult children and three grandchildren. In my private occupation, I am able to work across the country from my farm home selling education software to schools. Because of my professional experiences working nationally from the farm, I do believe there are unlimited opportunities for growth statewide. Nebraska has untapped potential from our fields, our homes, and our main street businesses.
I am enthusiastic, yet humbled at this great responsibility to be your senator. In brief, I am an advocate for agriculture; I am conservative; My expectation is for people, not government, to initiate and achieve great outcomes; I support economic development programs, particularly in our rural communities; I have high expectations for all Nebraskans to contribute to the legislative process and all functions of government; and I have a vision for growing the Nebraska good life.
My experiences thus far in the “new” District 16 have been inspiring. Although flooding has threatened the comfort and security of many families, there has been heightened effort by so many to ensure preparedness and refuge for those in need. I have personally seen people in the community come together, along with state officials and others, to provide accurate and timely information to citizens and to anticipate needs and issues that require action. Please be assured that I will remain engaged and at the forefront of addressing these dire flooding issues.
I am certain that you have been well-served by Senators Scott Lautenbaugh, District 18, and Beau McCoy, District 39, and I recognize that I have big shoes to fill. I am privileged to serve you and look forward to meeting you over the interim for meetings and events. I will also periodically issue a newsletter to update you on current legislative happenings. Please contact me with any legislative questions or concerns at:
P.O. Box 94604
Lincoln, Nebraska 68509
Serving you in the Nebraska Legislature to keep the good life growing,
Senator Lydia Brasch, District 16