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DiAnna Schimek

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Name  DiAnna Schimek

Role  Politician
Education  University of Nebraska–Lincoln, University of Nebraska at Kearney

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DiAnna Schimek (born March 21, 1940) is a politician from Nebraska who has served in the Nebraska Legislature and the Lincoln City Council.


Yes On 1 Press Conference - 4/29/08

Personal life

She was born on March 21, 1940, in Holdrege, Nebraska, and graduated from Alma High School in 1958. She attended Colorado Women's College and University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated from Kearney State College in 1963. She also did some graduate work at both the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and Kearney State College. She is a past member of boards of directors for the First Security National Bank, Women in Community Service Home for Girls, and Nebraska Repertory Theatre. She won the YWCA Tribute to Women Award in 1992. Her husband is named Herbert, and they have two children, Samuel Wolfgang and Saul William.

Early political activity

Schimek was a member of the Democratic National Committee from 1976 to 1988, and unsuccessfully ran for state treasurer in 1986.

State Legislature

Schimek was elected in 1988 to represent the 27th Nebraska legislative district and reelected in 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004. In 2007, she sat on the Business and Labor and Urban Affairs committees as well as the Committee on Committees and chairs the Government, Military and Veterans' Affairs.

Schimek was largely responsible for the enactment of Nebraska's method of apportioning electoral votes in presidential elections by congressional district (see Electoral College (United States): Congressional District Method). She has described the system as "one that I think will energize the electorate and perhaps even bring more candidates to Nebraska, although certainly that wasn't the overall selling point that I used."

In 2007 Schimek unsuccessfully ran for the position of speaker of the Legislature, a position won by Mike Flood. She left the legislature in 2008.

Lincoln City Council

In September 2011, Schimek was appointed to replace Jane Snyder, who resigned for health reasons, on the Lincoln City Council. She took her seat on October 10, 2011, and represents an at-large seat.


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