State Sen. Matt Hansen announced Thursday he will run for a second term in the Nebraska Legislature representing northeast Lincoln's District 26.

Hansen, 29, is a Democrat in the officially nonpartisan Legislature and was elected in 2014. He said he will continue to focus on supporting Nebraska's students, investing in neighborhoods and communities, and protecting workers and the economy.

The senator has introduced a number of bills in his three years in the Legislature. Some of those include a bill (LB93) that would regulate the use of automatic license plate readers by law enforcement agencies, which is in the first stage of consideration; one (LB111) that would require county offices to be elected on nonpartisan ballots, which is in the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee; and a bill (LB211) to increase the minimum wage for people who are paid by tips, from $2.13 an hour to $3.60 and then $4.50 an hour, which is in the first stage of consideration. 

“It has been a wonderful experience to represent northeast Lincoln in the Legislature. It would be an honor to be re-elected, and continue to work for the priorities and needs of the people in the district,” Hansen said.

Hansen and his wife Jane were married in 2016 and live in the University Place neighborhood. He serves on the boards of the University Place Community Organization and the Child Guidance Center.

He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and University of Nebraska College of Law.

In the Legislature, he serves on the Business and Labor Committee, Judiciary Committee, and Planning Committee. He is also the vice chairman of the Urban Affairs Committee.

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

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