Elected to Nebraska Legislature: 2014

Born Laura Schwab, June 4, 1962, in Manhattan, Kan.

Education: Graduate of Fairbury High School, 1980; Excelsior College (bachelor of liberal studies), 1991; University of Memphis (M.A. in political science), 1993; University of Nebraska-Lincoln (Ph.D. in political science), 2005.

Family: Married Russell Ebke, May 9, 1981: three children: Jennifer Craven, Natasha and Isaac.

Occupation: Adjunct college instructor.

Former: College instructor, restaurant manager.

Member: Girl Scout leader; United Church of Christ – First Congregational Church (moderator, 2001-02 and 2013).

Former member: Crete School Board; Homestead Council Board.

Honors and awards: Girl Scout Thanks Badge and numerous volunteer awards.