A True Nebraskan
Dan Watermeier is the current State Senator representing District 1, comprised of Otoe, Johnson, Pawnee, Nemaha, and Richardson counties. Senator Watermeier was elected to the District 1 seat in 2012, and reelected in 2016 by promising the voters of the District to govern according to his strong conservative principles.
A lifelong Nebraskan, Dan was born in Lincoln on May 29, 1961. He graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with a Bachelor’s 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 grown daughters. The Watermeier's also enjoy spending time with their four grandchildren.
In the 2015, Senator Watermeier was elected by his peers to serve as the Executive Board Vice Chair and was on the Appropriations Committee. In 2017, Senator Watermeier was elected by the Legislature to serve as Chair of the Executive Board.
Senator Watermeier is active in his community, representing causes which are near and dear to his heart, including the Luther Memorial Church, Syracuse TeamMates Program, Syracuse Rescue Squad (treasurer), Nebraska Natural Resources Commission (chairman), and Nemeha NRD (chairman). Senator Watermeier has also participated in other programs, including: Nebraska LEAD VII, Otoe County Extension Board, Syracuse/Otoe County Young Farmers, Syracuse Parks and Recreation, and Syracuse Jaycees.