ECC Resident/State Senator Faces Rematch

(ECC) —  Breaking News. The Primary Results are in. A Nebraska state senator who lives among us – faces a rematch of the 2008 election he narrowly won. ECC resident Scott Lautenbaugh led the May 11th Primary by 12 percentage points against Carl Lorenzen of Blair. Both are Republicans. The election is November 2nd.

Lautenbaugh, an Omaha lawyer & Creighton grad is seeking a 2nd, 4-year term in the nonpartisan legislature. Lautenbaugh also serves as Director of the ECC Homeowner’s Association Board. 

In the Unicam, Lautenbaugh represents District 18, which encompasses ECC, including a small portion of Omaha north of Maple Road between 108th and 168th Streets, and stretching south to Dodge Road between 156th and 168th Streets, as well as Blair, Ft. Calhoun & rural Douglas & Washington Counties. Lautenbaugh is Chairman of the Nebraska Legislature Rules Committee. He currently sits on the Judiciary, Transportation & Telecommunications Committees.

On his official campaign website Lautenbaugh writes that the budget is a top concern to him: “I also introduced a resolution for an interim study to determine how we may operate more efficiently at all levels of government– whether state or local.  I do believe that government must simply get by with less as we all do during difficult economic times.”

On illegal immigration, Lautenbaugh states ” I successfully supported legislation which cut off state benefits for illegal immigrants, and I attempted to advance legislation which would cease the practice of charging in-state tuition for illegal immigrants at our colleges and universities.  While I do favor legal immigration, I do believe our laws must be enforced and obeyed.”

Regarding capital punishment & Nebraska’s mode of execution, Lautenbaugh says the following: “In my time in the legislature I have fought successfully to establish lethal injection as our means of execution in Nebraska, and I have successfully fought each year to defeat the annual attempts to repeal capital punishment.”

On Cigar Bars, an exception to the statewide smoking ban Lautenbaugh writes: ” Often such businesses have invested tens of thousands of dollars in such facilities, constructing walk-in humidors, installing special humidifying equipment and ventilation, etc. While the coming smoking ban excepts tobacco shops from the ban, it does not except cigar bars, oddly enough. I do not want to see these places forced out of business– especially now. I continue to believe that there should be places to go for adults who want to smoke– plain and simple.”


Photos courtesy of Lautenbaugh Campaign

Lautenbaugh lives in Elk Creek Crossing with his wife and three boys.

To learn more about the Republican lawmaker, please visit the below websites.

Wikipedia Background Info

Senator Page at Unicameral Site

Campaign Website

Information about Challenger Carl Lorensen of Blair is somewhat limited due to the fact he does not have a website. According to the Nebraska Rural Electric Association, Lorenzen is a retired brigadier general with the Nebraska Air National Guard. He owned a graphics business and ran a family-owned cow/calf farming operation in Blair. He holds memberships in the Nebraska & Washington County Cattlemen’s Association, and is an active member of the Blair Volunteer Fire Department. He attended the NREA candidate training school in 2007. In 2008, he ran unsuccessfully against Senator Lautenbaugh in a close race receiving 49 percent of the vote.