Elected to Nebraska Legislature: 2006; re-elected 2010

Born Feb. 7, 1942, in Harnett County, N.C.

Education: Graduate of University of Tennessee (B.S. in political science), 1968, and (M.A. in political science) 1971; Tulane University (Ph.D. in political science), 1975.

Family: Married Ann Harrell, May 20, 1989; three children: Kevin, Amanda and Alex.

Occupation: Professor emeritus, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; international trade consultant.

Former: circulation promotions manager, Knoxville News Sentinel, Knoxville, Tenn.; political science instructor, Tulane University.

Military Service: U.S. Air Force, Strategic Air Command.

Member: First Plymouth Congregational Church; American Academy of Political Science; International Studies Association, international political economy section; Lincoln Chamber of Commerce.

Former member: Lincoln Public Schools Needs Committee; Lincoln Public Schools Bond Committee; Common Cause Nebraska (chair); Common Cause National Governing Board; Democratic National Committee; Vote Nebraska Initiative Task Force; Habitat for Humanity; Boy Scouts of America.

Honors and awards: Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers; several awards for outstanding teaching.

Read the Unicameral Update’s feature article on Sen. Avery.