On Wednesday January 7th I was officially sworn in as a State Senator from the 24th Legislative District. It was a tremendous day for my family and I. I was joined by my extended family as I signed the official paperwork with the Secretary of State, and by my wife Suzanne, my mother Jean Kolterman, and my grandsons Elliott, Graham, and Patrick Mark Stevens as I went through the swearing-in on the legislative floor. Standing there taking the oath, I thought of the history of service in my family with my Dad, Don Kolterman, my Father-in-law Carl Geis. My only wish is that they could have been there to share the experience with me, but I know they were with us in spirit. Over the weekend we celebrated at the Inaugural ball with the rest of our family and Governor Pete Ricketts and other elected officials.
Following the swearing in and the election of committee chairs, we were assigned to our committees that we will be serving on for this session. I am assigned to serve on the following: Agriculture, General Affairs, Health and Human Services, and Nebraska Retirement Systems.
The Agriculture Committee is responsible for processing all agricultural legislation including anything from seeds to crop development, and livestock development to auction markets. This committee has also elected me as Vice Chair, meaning I will assume the duties of the Chairman in his absence. This committee will meet on Tuesdays at 1:30 in Room 2102.
The General Affairs Committee is responsible for processing legislation in the following areas: anything related to liquor or gambling, cemeteries, libraries, rates for legal notices, the State Electrical Act, and the Nebraska Arts Council. This committee will meet on Mondays at 1:30 in Room 1510.
The Health and Human Services Committee is responsible for processing legislation in all public health areas, along with social services and public assistance. This committee will meet on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday at 1:30 PM in Room 1510.
The Nebraska Retirement Systems is responsible for processing legislation that deals with the retirement accounts of multiple state employee groups. This committee does not have a set meeting time and will meet at the call of the Chairman.
I am incredibly honored and humbled by the faith the voters have placed in me and plan to have an open door with accessibility for the constituents of District #24. You may continue to follow me on Facebook at Kolterman For Legislature and on Twitter at @KoltermanforLegislature. My office in the State Capitol is Room 1115, which I share with my colleague Bob Hilkemann from Omaha. Stop by anytime. My e-mail address is email@example.com and the office phone number is 402-471-2756. Kenny Zoeller, my legislative aide, and Katie Quintero, my Administrative Aide, are always available to assist you with your needs. If I am not immediately available, please do not hesitate to work them with your concerns, thoughts, or needs.
Senator Mark Kolterman