They have hit the ground running

A state senator with worldclass credentials has been elected to head the Legislature’s Revenue Committee and her experience in war-torn Iraq might prove valuable in this year’s anticipated tax battle.

Sen. Lou Ann Linehan, one of 30 Republicans in the officially nonpartisan Nebraska Legislature, was elected on a 26-23 vote over veteran Revenue Committee member Sen. Brett Lindstrom of Omaha. Linehan, of Elkhorn, has never served on the committee. But she managed U.S. Sen. Chuck Hagel’s 1996 Senate campaign and was his longtime chief of staff in Washington. She also worked for Secretary of State Colin Powell as deputy secretary for legislative affairs and was on assignment in Iraq with U.S. Ambassador Ryan Crocker and Gen. David Patraeus for a 2008 Bush administration strategic initiative.


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