Elected to Nebraska Legislature: 2006; re-elected 2010. Elected Speaker 2013.
Serves on Reference Committee, Rules Committee, Executive Board, Legislative Performance Audit Committee, Legislature’s Planning Committee and Capitol Commission.
Served on Education Committee 2007 to 2009. Elected chairperson 2009, re-elected chairperson 2011.
Served on the Revenue Committee 2007 to 2012. Served on the Committee on Committees 2007 to present. Served on the Education Commission of the States and the Midwestern Higher Education Commission.
Born Feb. 6, 1952, in Columbus.
Education: Graduate of Wayne State College (B.A. in education), 1974 and (master’s degree in education) 1975.
Family: Married Julie A. Epke, Oct. 8, 1992; three children: Heather Loveless, Shawn Levitt and Sarah Adams.
Former: York High School teacher, American government and economics (retired); York mayor.
Former member: York City Council; Nebraska Information and Technology Commission; executive board, League of Nebraska Municipalities; Nebraska Council of Social Studies Teachers (president).