A True Nebraskan
Dan Watermeier is the current State Senator representing District 1, encompassing Otoe, Johnson, Pawnee, Nemaha, and Richardson counties.
Dan won the District 1 seat in 2012 using a strong conservative platform. He sums it up as:
As your state senator, I will not support tax increases, will find ways to make government more efficient and spend fewer of your tax dollars, keep our schools strong and competitive, vote for pro-life causes, and, be a strong advocate for law enforcement and tough on illegal immigration.
Dan has made good on these promises through multiple pieces of legislation.
A lifelong Nebraskan, Dan was born in Lincoln, NE. on May 29, 1961. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelors of Science Degree in Agriculture in 1983. Dan worked as a Grain Logistician for Cargill, Inc. and as a farmer. He married Jean Ann Laessle on August 2nd, 1986 and has three daughters Leslie (McIntosh), Rachel and Kaitlyn. In the 2015 legislature Dan served as the Executive Board Vice Chair and was on the Appropriations Committee.
Dan donates much of his time to many programs and is also a current member of the Nemaha NRD (chairman), Nebraska Natural Resources Commission (chairman), the Syracuse Rescue Squad (treasurer) the Luther Memorial Church, the Nebraska LEAD VII, and the Syracuse TeamMates Program. He has also previously participated in:
- Otoe County Extension Board
- Syracuse/ Otoe County Young Farmers
- Syracuse Parks and Recreation
- Syracuse Jaycees