Senator Merv Riepe Announces Re-Election Bid

Senator Merv Riepe Announces Re-Election Bid

Thursday, September 14, 2014

Omaha, Neb. – State Senator Merv Riepe announced today he will seek re-election in 2018. Riepe represents Legislative District 12, which includes the city of Ralston and portions of Millard.

“I’m running for re-election to continue my priorities of growing the state’s economy through job creation, reducing taxes for families, and reforming health care with innovative solutions,” said Riepe.

“The tax burden in Nebraska is too high, and I have not only fought against efforts to increase taxes, I have worked every year to reduce taxes on Nebraska families and small businesses,” said Riepe. “We have increased the Property Tax Credit Relief Fund for homeowners and expanded personal property tax exemptions for small business.”

“I will continue to focus on jobs and our economy by supporting workforce development through vocational and technical training to prepare today’s youth for the job market. Giving our children access to a 21st century education and job training is essential to ensuring a bright future for our state.”

In 2017, Riepe was elected chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee, which has oversight for the care of vulnerable Nebraskans and about 33 percent of the Nebraska state budget. He serves on Urban Affairs, General Affairs, and Legislative Planning Committees. He is also serving in an appointed capacity on the Supreme Court Commission on Guardianships and Conservatorships, the Juvenile and Child Welfare Three Governmental Branch Oversight Committee and the Nebraska Children’s Commission.

As Chairman of the Health and Human Services Committee, Senator Riepe has promoted innovative solutions to health care. He passed a bill for Direct Primary Care in 2016, enhancing medical care by strengthening and promoting the practitioner-patient relationship.

“Health care in Nebraska can work better, we need creative solutions to allow value-based health care for Nebraskans. Direct Primary Care is a step in the right direction, because it improves patient care, reduces costs and makes health care more affordable,” said Riepe.

Riepe grew up on the family farm working livestock and grain. He served as a U.S. Navy Hospital Corpsman; Respiratory Therapist; Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and Interim Chief Executive Officer of Bergan Mercy Hospital; President of Mercy Hospital; and President of Children’s Physicians. He is also a member of the Ralston Chamber of Commerce, American Legion Ralston Post 373, Golden Eagle District and Mid-America Boy Scout Council and Chairman of his Church Capital Campaign.

He and his wife Jody live in Ralston, where he has been a resident for more than 30 years. Riepe has one son and two grandchildren.