State Sen. Dave Pankonin of Louisville will resign from his Southeast Nebraska District 2 legislative seat effective Oct. 7.

Pankonin said he is having to devote more time to his family's agricultural equipment dealership and his added responsibilities with Home State Bank in Louisville, due to the sudden death of the bank's president last year. His family has been associated with Home State Bank since it was founded in 1915, he said.

Pankonin first was elected to the Legislature in 2006 and was re-elected in 2010.

"After much careful consideration, I have concluded that my new obligations mean I can no longer devote the time that is required to continue in office and represent my constituents effectively," he told senators in a letter.

Pankonin said his five years as a state senator have been the highlight of his 19 years of elected public service.

"I have especially enjoyed the friendships with my colleagues and the opportunity to contribute to an institution that I will always respect and treasure," he said.

Pankonin was a member of the Health and Human Services Committee, the Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee, the Revenue Committee and was chairman of the Nebraska Retirement Systems Committee from 2009-10.

Gov. Dave Heineman said Wednesday applications for the District 2 seat will be accepted until 5 p.m. Sept. 23.

Applicants must live within the boundaries of legislative District 2 for at least the past  year. The district encompasses parts of Sarpy, Cass and Otoe counties.

In a news release, the governor said he also may seek out additional qualified candidates.

The appointee would serve until Jan. 8, 2013, with the seat up for election in November 2012 to a two-year term beginning in 2013.

People interested in the position may complete an online application at, found under the tab "Contact Us." A cover letter, resume or any other additional materials can be emailed to or mailed to the Governor's Office, at P.O. Box 94848, Lincoln, NE 68509.

Applicants with questions or who want or to request an application form may call the Governor's Office at 402-471-2244." alt="" width="620" align="right" />

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