York Senator Greg Adams new Speaker, Schilz Ag Committee Chair

Speaker Greg Adams (picture courtesy of Nebraska Watchdog)

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) _ Lawmakers have elected York Sen. Greg Adams as the new speaker of the Nebraska Legislature.

Lawmakers voted Adams into the position Wednesday after kicking off the 2013 session.

Adams, a retired high school government and economics teacher, was elected to the Legislature in 2006. He previously had served as the mayor of York.

Adams has served as chairman of the Legislature's Education Committee, where he helped broker deals on the state's K-12 school funding formula. He also has worked closely with the state's colleges.

Adams told his colleagues he has no political agenda other than to help his colleagues be "the best senators they can be"

Adams replaces Norfolk Sen. Mike Flood, who was chosen as speaker in 2007.

Ogallala senator Ken Schilz was voted the new Agriculture Committee Chair, and Heath Mello from Omaha is the new chair of the Appropriations Committee.

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