Merv Riepe has 30 years of leadership experience from his time serving in hospital administration. He has served as Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer of Bergan Mercy Hospital; President of Mercy Hospital; and President of Children’s Physicians in Omaha.
Riepe grew up on the family farm working livestock and grain, going on to serve as a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman before returning to the University of Nebraska Omaha to pursue his undergraduate degree in Business Finance. Riepe earned a Masters in Science in Health Care Policy and Administration and completed post-graduate study in Managed Care.
Riepe was overwhelming elected to the Unicameral in 2014 and has built his record in the State Legislature as a strong conservative, fighting to lower the tax burden on our families and small business, supporting technical and vocational workforce training, and leading the way on innovative health care solutions.
Riepe was elected as Chairman of the Health and Human Services (HHS) Committee. The HHS Committee is responsible for ensuring the care of our most vulnerable Nebraskans and provides oversight for 33 percent of the state budget. In this assignment, Riepe has led commonsense health care reforms at the state level, including the Direct Primary Care law which improves the doctor-patient relationship and drives down costs for patients. Riepe also serves on the Urban Affairs Committee, General Affairs Committee, and Legislative Planning Committee. He has been appointed to the Supreme Court Commission on Guardianships and Conservatorships, Juvenile and Child Welfare Three Governmental Branch Oversight Committee, and the Nebraska Children’s Commission.
Outside of the Legislature, Riepe has been a leader in the Ralston and Millard community. He is an active member of the Ralston Chamber of Commerce member, United Way of the Midlands and American Legion Ralston Post 373. He serves as Chairman of a church capital campaign, Children’s Square board member, Outlook Nebraska Inc. board member, Nebraska Wesleyan University President’s board member and the Omaha Symphony board member. Riepe is also a Ralston Boy Scout troop leader and member of Golden Eagle District and Mid-America Boy Scout Council.
Riepe and his wife Jody live in Ralston, where he has been a resident for more than 30 years. He has one son and two grandchildren.