Sen. Mike Hilgers of Lincoln announced Wednesday he will be a candidate for re-election in 2020.
Hilgers, who has held a number of leadership positions in the Legislature since he was elected in 2016, said he would focus on a second-term agenda that includes continued transportation innovation, lowering taxes, cutting regulations and "developing and seizing growth opportunities" for the state.
Also on his second-term agenda would be efforts to increase access to health care, he said.
Hilgers represents District 21, which covers northwest Lincoln and Lancaster County.
Hilgers pointed to a number of legislative achievements during his first term that included legislation to speed up state highway construction, thereby saving an estimated $19 million per year in costs.
His bill to accelerate construction of the Lincoln South Beltway will result in completion of the long-awaited project in three years, rather than the eight years previously anticipated. That new timetable will save millions of dollars in taxpayer costs, Hilgers said.
Hilgers said his 2018 priority bill will help expand direct primary health care access in Nebraska.
During his first legislative term, Hilgers has held a number of leadership positions, including chairman of the Rules Committee and chairman of the Legislative Council's executive board.
A Lincoln attorney, Hilgers is owner of the law firm of Hilgers Graben, which was recently named the fastest-growing private company in Lincoln by Inc. Magazine.
Hilgers is a registered Republican.