John Ewing (D-NE-2)
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John W. Ewing, Jr.
John Ewing Congressional Candidate Nebraska District 2
Biography of John Ewing from John Ewing for Congress
John Ewing has been a public servant for over 29 years, as a police officer, minister, and Douglas County Treasurer. During his time as a public servant, John has received numerous awards and commendations.
In January of 2007, John was sworn in as Douglas County’s Treasurer and the first African-American to be elected county-wide in Nebraska’s history. As Treasurer, John works to collect $1.7 billion of taxes for the government agencies in Douglas County. Beyond collecting tax revenues, John has worked to safe guard the public’s money and ensure the county Treasurer’s office runs efficiently and effectively. John has made tough decisions, but he’s made them with his eye on the public’s pocketbook. Because of these efforts John ran unopposed for reelection in 2010.
The National Association of Counties has recognized the Douglas County Treasurer’s Office with the Achievement Award for the steps they have taken to provide effective and efficient services through on-line, telephone and mail efforts, the reorganization of the office, as well as the cost savings to the taxpayers of Douglas County.
Before he became Treasurer of Douglas County, John patrolled the streets of Omaha as a police officer. John served the people of Omaha for twenty-four years eventually becoming Deputy Chief of Police. As an officer, he served as Unit Commander of the Special Victims Unit working to protect the most vulnerable citizens of Omaha. During his time with the Omaha Police Department, John testified in front of the Omaha City Council and the Nebraska State Legislature resulting in ten new laws to be enacted to protect women and children.
Beyond working as a police officer and County Treasurer, John is an Associate Minister at the Salem Baptist Church in Omaha where he works to strengthen his faith. He has worked as an adjunct professor in leadership and ethics at University of Nebraska’s-Omaha School of Public Administration.
John earned his Bachelor’s Degree from University of Nebraska-Omaha in Business Administration and Criminal Justice and then his Master’s Degree from University of Nebraska-Omaha in Urban Studies. In addition to his work as an associate minister and Douglas County Treasurer, John is involved with the United Way, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Habitat for Humanity, Omaha Network Board, a member of the Girls Inc Board, Domestic Violence Coordinating Committee, Child Saving Institute and the YWCA.
John was the Co-Chair of the Nebraska Congressional District 2 Change effort that helped win the 2nd Congressional District for President Obama in 2008, the Chair of the Nebraska State Democratic Convention in 2010 and was nominated for the Bob Kerry Volunteer of the Year Award in 2011.
As a prominent leader in Douglas County, John has walked hundreds of streets, spoke to the people, improved government services in Douglas County, and worked to protect the citizens and their hard earned dollars. John’s twenty-nine plus years as a public servant have earned him many accolades, including:
- NAACP Living Legend Award 2010
- Omaha Northwest High School Hall of Fame 2010
- College of Public Affairs and Community Service Alumni Award for Excellence in Public Service 2010
- Woodmen of the World Community Leadership Award 2009
- World Fellowship Christian Ministries Community Service Award 2009
- African American Leadership Award- Community Service Award 2009
- Conference for Inclusive Communities – 2009 Otto Swanson Spirit of Service Award
- Manager of the Year Midland’s Chapter National Management Association 2007
- Dr. Martin Luther King Living the Dream Award January 2007
- Domestic Violence Coordinating Council Purple Ribbon Award 2006
- Officer of the Year West Omaha Rotary June 2000
- Nominated For Nebraska American Legion Officer of the Year 2000
- Omaha Police Department Distinguished Service Medal 2000