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LYONS, NE — This morning, Chuck Hassebrook announced he will seek election to the 16th District in the Nebraska Legislature. Hassebrook previously served 18 years as Regent for the University of Nebraska from 1994 to 2012, including two terms as Chair.
“I am running for Legislature because, now more than ever, we need someone who will fight for every-day, hard-working families in small town and rural Nebraska,” said Hassebrook. “As a rural Nebraskan myself, I’ve spent my life working to create more good paying jobs and self employment opportunities in our small communities. In the Legislature, I will be an effective voice to strengthen our schools, lower our property taxes, and support good-paying jobs and small businesses. I will never stop fighting for small towns and rural Nebraskans.”
Hassebrook is the Vice President of Project Development with Sandhills Energy, located in Valentine. He works out of his home in Lyons and is charged with developing utility scale wind and solar energy projects in rural communities. Prior, Hassebrook served 37 years with the Center for Rural Affairs. Under his leadership, the Center for Rural Affairs provided loans, training, and business-planning assistance to over 10,000 small businesses in rural Nebraska.
“Family, faith, hard work, and personal responsibility have guided my life’s work,” Hassebrook said. “I will take those values with me to the Legislature everyday to work on behalf of every-day, hard-working Nebraskans.”
Chuck Hassebrook is a University of Nebraska graduate and native of Platte Center, where his family has farmed since the 1800’s. He has served on the Board of the USDA North Central Region Rural Development Center, the Nebraska Rural Development Commission, and USDA Commission on Small Farms.
Hassebrook lives with his wife Kate, in Lyons, where he serves as the treasurer on the parish council at Bethany Lutheran Church. They have two sons, Anton and Peter, who both graduated from Lyons Decatur Northeast and went on to the University of Nebraska.
Legislative District 16 includes all voters in Burt, Cuming, and Washington counties.