Lawmakers convene, elect leaders

Senators gathered at the State Capitol Jan. 6 to open the first session of the 107th Nebraska Legislature.

Eight newly elected members, including three who served previously in the Legislature but left office due to term limits, were sworn in. Lawmakers also elected a new speaker and chairpersons of the Legislature’s 14 standing committees.

Senators elected Lincoln Sen. Mike Hilgers to serve a two-year term as speaker of the Legislature. Among other duties, the speaker prepares the Legislature’s daily agenda and serves as its presiding officer in the absence of the Lieutenant Governor.



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