GORDON — State Sen. Tom Brewer announced on Friday that he will run for a second term in the Legislature.
Brewer represents the 43rd Legislative District.
“It has been my great honor to represent the outstanding Nebraskans of my district for the last four years. It is a sacred responsibility that I take very seriously,” Brewer said in a press release.
“The people of western Nebraska can trust and rely on my proven conservative leadership to keep Nebraska growing and moving forward.”
Brewer, a registered Republican, was first elected in 2016 in Nebraska’s largest Unicameral district. It straddles the Central-Mountain time zone and covers more than 70,000 square miles across 13 Sandhills and northern Panhandle counties.
In 2019, Brewer was elected chairman of the Legislature’s Government, Military and Veterans Affairs Committee. He also sits on the Education Committee and previously served on the Banking, Commerce and Insurance Committee.
The retired U.S. Army colonel was the main sponsor of Legislative Bill 155, signed in May by Gov. Pete Ricketts, which gave property owners the right to challenge “eminent domain” land seizures for renewable energy projects in court.
He also won enactment last session of LB 660, which enabled the Nebraska Brand Committee to hire a chief investigator, and LB 152, which defined the rights of Nebraska National Guard members and protected the privacy of residential addresses of Guard members and law enforcement officers.
Brewer has supported property tax relief efforts and favors a petition drive to refund 35% of property tax bills through credits on state income taxes.
He has defended gun owners’ Second Amendment rights and collaborated with a task force seeking state corrections reform, according to the press release.
Brewer won the Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts during his Army career, which included multiple deployments to Afghanistan. He received a bachelor’s degree from Doane University in Crete and a master’s degree from the U.S. Army War College.
A member of the Oglala Lakota Nation, Brewer and his wife, Kelli, have a son and a daughter who both serve in the Nebraska Army National Guard.