A state senator from Gothenburg has announced his intention to run for Speaker of the Nebraska Legislature in January. Gothenburg Sen. Matt Williams is looking to replace Speaker Galen Hadley of Kearney, who won’t return to office next year because of term limits. Sen. Williams, a Republican, says he knows the position carries an “awesome responsibility,” but feels he’s up to the challenge. The Rural Radio Network learned of Williams intention to run for Speaker of the Legislature at the Nebraska Broadcaster’s Association Convention held Aug. 16-17 in Lincoln.
Sen. Williams is Chairman of the Board of Gothenburg State Bank.
Sen. Williams has been working on interim studies over the summer, including LB 1083 which deals with innovation and entrepreneurship. Williams says town hall meetings have been held in several communities including Lincoln, Omaha, Columbus, Kearney and Alliance, to look at the tax system and other factors to improve the ability to “grow our state.”
In 2014, Williams was elected to the Nebraska Legislature, representing District 36 in the south central part of the state consisting of Dawson, Custer, and the northern third of Buffalo Counties, and including the cities of Gothenburg, Lexington, Cozad, and Broken Bow. He succeeded John Wightman, a Republican from Lexington, was ineligible to run for a third consecutive term because of term limits.
In the 2015 legislative session, Williams was named Vice-Chair of the Banking, Commerce, and Insurance Committee; he was also appointed to the Judiciary Committee.
Twenty-four legislative seats will be voted on in Nebraska’s Nov. 8, 2016 General Election. All but three are contested.