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Nebraska’s newest youngest state Senator is appointee Julie Slama of Peru. The 22-year-old is a Yale University graduate and fifth-generation Nebraskan who served as Governor Pete Ricketts’ campaign press secretary and a para educator for Auburn schools. She replaces Sen. Dan Watermeier of Syracuse who was elected to the Nebraska Public Service Commission.

According to legislative records, the first youngest member to ever serve in the Nebraska Legislature was Sen. Steve Fowler of Lincoln in 1972. The 22-year-old University of Nebraska senior defeated incumbent William Swanson for the 27th District seat in Lincoln. Four years later, 22-year-old Samuel Cullan of Hemingford defeated incumbent Leslie Stull of Alliance.

In announcing her appointment, Ricketts said “Julie will push for property tax relief, help create policy that supports strong families and work to grow agriculture. She will be a fierce advocate for rural communities and will help bridge the urban-rural divide in the Legislature.”


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