More on GOP Senate Candidates: Don Stenberg

This article is part of a continuing series about candidates for the Republican nomination for the U.S. Senate seat currently held by Ben Nelson. Our first look at each candidate includes some general information and links to databases about campaign finances, voting records, and some news reports.

Prior articles:

This article is about Don Stenberg, who was elected State Treasurer in November 2010.

Note that some items listed do not have links available.

Prior elective offices:

Nebraska Attorney General 1991 – 2003

Case of note: US Supreme Court case Stenberg v. Carhart

Prior government positions:

Legal Counsel to the Governor (Gov. Charles Thone)

Director of the Governor’s Policy Research Office

Assistant to the Governor

Director of the Department of Administrative Services

Board Appointments:

Nebraska Board of Pardons – Member

Canvassing Board of the State of Nebraska – Member

Nebraska Commission on Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice – Chair

Prior campaigns (lost):

2006 U.S. Senate

2000 U.S. Senate

1996 U.S. Senate

1978 Lt. Governor

Follow the Money

Treasurer’s Race 2010: Candidate Summary

Project Vote Smart

As Nebraska’s Treasurer

Summary Page

Interest Group Rating

Campaign Finances

Federal Election Commission Records

Current and former campaigns:

Summary page

Statements of Candidacy

Current Senate Campaign:

Stenberg for Senate 2012 Committee Summary

2012 Committee Filings to date

Candidate’s Website:

Stenberg for Senate formerly/ website


Stenberg’s website for his Treasurer campaign has been removed and all links point to the Senate campaign website (

Some news articles:

Fourth time the charm in Nebraska Senate race?

Stenberg to enter Senate race in March

(2000) Eastern Counties Lose Nebraska Senate Race for Don Stenberg

Sources of information used:

About State Treasurer Don Stenberg” page on the Official Nebraska State Treasurer’s website


Project Vote Smart Biographical Information

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About Stubborn_Facts
Shelli Dawdy is first and foremost the mother of three children whom she has taught at home via the classical method since removing her children from school in 2001. During her early years as a homeschool mother, she worked part-time as a freelance writer. Born and raised in the Iowa, Shelli and her husband moved to the state of South Dakota in 1997, attracted to its more limited government and friendly tax environment. In 2006, Shelli and her family relocated to Lincoln, Nebraska, when her husband’s employer offered a new position. She took a break from work and politics for a time, recognizing the need to focus solely on her childrens’ schooling with two now of high school age. Distressed by many things she was witnessing on the national political scene and disillusioned about the Republican Party, she decided to start writing again, this time online. Motivated to get involved with others at the grassroots level, she networked with activists on the social media tool, Twitter. She was involved in organizing the first tea party rallies inspired by Rick Santelli’s “rant” on CNBC in February 2009. Recognizing that activism should generate on the local level, she founded Grassroots in Nebraska in March of 2009. The group’s mission is a return to Constitutional, limited government, according to its original meaning. While the group has held several tea party rallies, it’s focus is to take effective action. Among its many projects, GiN successfully coordinated testimony for the hearing of the Nebraska Sovereignty Resolution, networked with other groups to ensure a large show of public support at the hearing, and coordinated follow up support to ensure its passage in April 2010. While working to build up GiN throughout 2009, she was asked to work as writer and producer of the documentary film, A New America, which lays out how Progressivism is responsible for how America has moved away from its Constitutional roots. You can see more of her work on Grassroots in Nebraska (GiN) and StubbornFacts

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