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Legislative districts, Lancaster County, Lincoln

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.

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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. 

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Don Walton, a Husker and Yankee fan, is a longtime Journal Star political and government reporter.

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