Sen. Curt Friesen of Henderson has joined a list of incumbent senators who say they will seek re-election to the state Legislature in 2018.

Friesen's focus during his three years at the Capitol has been on property tax cuts, improving the state's economy and investing in the state's infrastructure, he said. That has included increasing the state property tax credit fund and expanding the personal property tax exemption, which benefits agriculture and small businesses.

Property tax relief remains his top priority as a member of the Legislature, he said, but the Legislature has more work to do, and he'll keep working on that effort, he said, as well as on job creation and economic development across the state.

That includes expanding access to rural broadband.

"Nebraskans from every corner of our state should be able to access high speed internet for their business, health care and education needs,” Friesen said. 

Friesen, 62, also pointed to his work on transportation issues, in particular the Transportation Innovation Act passed in 2016, which dedicates funding to complete the state’s expressway system, for county bridge repair and replacement, and transportation projects that support economic development.

“We’ve made real progress focusing state resources on high priority transportation needs," he said. "A strong and reliable road system is critical to bring agriculture commodities from farm to market as efficiently and safely as possible, and we’ve made progress in this area.”

Friesen represents District 34, which includes all of Hamilton, Merrick and Nance counties and a portion of Hall County, including a section of the city of Grand Island.

Friesen chairs the Legislature’s Transportation and Telecommunications Committee and is vice chairman of the Revenue Committee.

He has previously served as president of Hamilton County Corn Growers, vice chair of the Nebraska Corn Board, vice chair of the National Corn Growers Public policy action team, board chairman of the Upper Big Blue Natural Resources District and a member of the Hamilton County Farm Bureau.

He is a graduate of Southeast Community College in Milford.

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JoAnne Young covers state government, including the Legislature and state agencies, and the people they serve.

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