State Sen. Bruce Bostelman, of Brainard, announced he will seek re-election to the Nebraska Legislature in District 23. District 23 includes Butler and Saunders counties, as well as most of Colfax County.
“Over the past three years, I have been fighting for you in the Legislature,” Bostelman said, in a provided statement. “From Second Amendment issues to helping protect unborn life, I have been putting my conservative principles to work. It would be an honor to continue to serve District 23. In my second term, I will continue to fight for meaningful property tax relief and to bring consistent conservative leadership to the Nebraska Unicameral.”
During his first term in office, Bostelman built a conservative voting record. Some of the things he highlighted among his accomplishments are:
• Property Tax Relief: Successfully worked to increase the Property Tax Credit Relief Fund by 23 percent for $275 million in relief annually, and voted to deliver meaningful property tax relief for ag producers.
• Pro-Life: Championed efforts to end taxpayer funding of abortion in Nebraska, and voted to help pass three other pro-life bills, including the Compassion and Care for Medically Challenging Pregnancies Act.
• Second Amendment: Successfully led efforts to pass the only pro-Second Amendment bill in the Legislature in the last three years with LB 902, a bill to protect the private information of gun owners when it is held by a public agency.
• Veterans: Worked with the American Legion and VFW to pass multiple pro-veteran and pro-military bills, including legislation that cut red tape and unified two state agencies under the Department of Veterans’ Affairs.
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• Death Penalty: Voted to stop a new attempt to repeal the death penalty this year, which would have effectively overturned the will of the people of Nebraska, who voted to keep the death penalty in 2016.
• Human Trafficking: Supported measures to strengthen state laws against human trafficking, including LB 519, which eliminated the statute of limitations for sex trafficking of a minor and labor trafficking of a minor.
The Bostelmans live on their family farm near Brainard. Bostelman has been active in serving his country and community. He enlisted in the United States Air Force after high school in 1980 and retired from the USAF in 2000. In 2002, Bostelman received his bachelor's degree in Business Management from Bellevue University. He has since partnered in research with the University of Nebraska in several areas of agriculture.
Growing up in rural Nebraska, Bostelman has deep roots in agriculture and is a graduate of the University of Nebraska's LEAD XXVII class. He has been active in helping others in their small business ventures as an Advisory Board Member to the UNL Nebraska Cooperative Development Center, Board Member Nebraska Woody Florals Nonstock Cooperative and Heartland Nuts’N More as well as a member of the Nebraska Winery and Grape Growers Association. Bostelman is a member of Rejda Post 273 of the American Legion and has served one year as the Post Adjutant. He also served as a youth coach for the Oak Creek 4H Trap team and youth baseball.
Bostelman has the endorsement of Gov. Pete Ricketts and Lt. Gov. Mike Foley, as well as former governors Dave Heineman and Kay Orr. He also has the endorsement of many state senators, including Sens. Joni Albrecht, John Arch, Tom Brewer, Tom Briese, Rob Clements, Steve Erdman, Curt Friesen, Suzanne Geist, Tim Gragert, Mike Groene, Steve Halloran, Ben Hansen, Mike Hilgers, Dan Hughes, Mark Kolterman, Andrew La Grone, Lou Ann Linehan, John Lowe, Mike Moser, Dave Murman, Speaker Jim Scheer, Julie Slama and John Stinner. Bostelman has received the sole endorsement of the Nebraska Republican Party.
In the Legislature, Bostelman serves as vice chairman on the Natural Resources Committee and serves on the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee. He is also a member of State of Nebraska Broadband Task Force that is working to connect schools, libraries, and communities.
Bruce has been married to his wife, Jan, for 27 years. They are the proud parents of a son, daughter, and three grandchildren.