Campaign links: Deb Fischer (R-NE-Senate)
Debra S. “Deb” Fischer
Deb Fischer Senatorial Candidate Nebraska
Biography of Deb Fischer from Deb Fischer for U.S. Senate
A lifelong Nebraskan, Deb Fischer knows about hard work, strong communities, and the Nebraska way of life. Born and raised in Lincoln, Nebraska, Deb attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and graduated with a B.S. in Education. Deb and her husband Bruce have been married for over 39 years and own a ranching business near Valentine. On the ranch, they raised their three sons, all of whom have returned to live and work on the family ranch. The Fischer family has been recognized for their conservation and environmental stewardship, receiving honors from the Nebraska Natural Resources Districts, Nebraska Cattleman and the Society for Range Management.
Having a strong interest in education issues affecting our children, Deb got involved in leadership in local and statewide education associations. She was elected to the Valentine Rural High School Board of Education, became President of the Nebraska Association of School Boards and served as a commissioner on the Coordinating Commission for Post-Secondary Education. In 1999, Deb was honored with the Nebraska Association of School Boards Lifetime Achievement Award and the Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association Outstanding Board Member Award.
In 2004, Deb was elected to the Nebraska Unicameral to represent the 43rd Legislative District. She currently serves as Chair of the Transportation and Telecommunications Committee and is a member of the Revenue Committee and the Executive Board
In the legislature, Deb has a conservative voting record of keeping taxes low, reducing wasteful spending and protecting family values. She has shown a strong interest in education, water policy, statewide economic development, and natural resources issues. Her major legislative initiatives have dealt with these issues, as well as proposals to improve transportation funding.
Last legislative session Deb introduced LB 84 to fund the lifeblood of Nebraska’s communities – its roads –as a priority for Nebraska’s future. She led passage of LB84 (2011), which will direct a portion of Nebraska’s existing sales tax to fund new roads throughout Nebraska. Deb’s work was praised as “an achievement that has evaded other state officials for too many years” by the Lincoln Journal Star.
Because of Deb’s tenacity and effectiveness as a legislator and her deep love for our state, many Nebraskans from across the state have encouraged her to run for the U.S. Senate. On June 28, 2011, Deb Fischer announced her candidacy for U.S. Senate throughout communities all across Nebraska. Her campaign is focused on revitalizing our economy, working toward a balanced budget, supporting conservative principles and protecting our Nebraska way of life.
Biography of Deb Fischer from Nebraska Legislature
Elected to Nebraska Legislature: 2004; re-elected 2008
Born Debra Strobel, March 1, 1951, in Lincoln.
Education: Graduate of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (B.S. in education), 1988.
Family: Married Bruce Fischer, Feb. 5, 1972; three children: Adam Carl, Morgan Thomas and Luke Christopher.
Occupation: Rancher, Sunny Slope Ranch.
Member: Executive committee, National Conference of State Legislators; co-chairperson, energy committee, Midwestern Legislative Conference (MLC); executive committee, MLC; AgBuilders of Nebraska; Sandhills Cattle Association; Nebraska Cattlemen; Nebraska Cattlewomen; National Cattlemen’s Beef Association; Society for Range Management; Sandhills Area Foundation; Nebraska Farm Bureau; UNL Chancellor’s Club; life member, UNL Alumni Association; American Legion Auxiliary; PEO; Gamma Phi Beta; life member, Nebraska LEAD Alumni Association.
Former member: Valentine Rural High School Board of Education; commissioner, Nebraska Coordinating Commission for Post-Secondary Education; Valentine Rural High School Foundation (president); University of Nebraska President’s Advisory Council; UNL Chancellor’s Committee of Visitors; Nebraska Association of School Boards (president, board of directors); Nebraska School Finance Review Committee (two terms); Nebraska Agricultural Leadership Council (board of directors); Governor’s Ag Advisory Council; Cherry County Visitor Promotion Committee; Cub Scouts and 4-H club leader.
Honors and awards: BILLD Fellow, Midwest Council of State Governments Bowhay Institute for Legislative Leadership, 2005; NRD Farm and Ranch Conservation Award, 1999; Nebraska Association of School Boards Lifetime Achievement Award, 1999; Nebraska Rural Community Schools Association Outstanding Board Member Award, 1998-99; Nebraska Cattlemen Environmental Stewardship Award, 1995; Rangeman’s Award, Nebraska Section Society for Range Management, 1994; NRD State Grasslands Conservation Award, 1993; Holism Action Award, Nebraska Branch Holistic Resource Management, 1991; Kellogg Fellow, National Center for Food and Policy Research, Resources for the Future, Washington, D.C., 1991; LEAD VIII Fellow, Nebraska Leadership Program, 1988-90.