By Senator Russ Karpisek, Legislative District 32
This week marked the end of my final session as a state senator. Even though this year was often characterized by stark partisanship and contentious debate, I have loved being a part of the process and I will sincerely miss serving District 32.
On our last day we completed our final legislative business and took time to honor the 17 senators (including me) who are prevented from running for another term due to term limits.
Throughout my last eight years, I have worked on issues ranging from better serving people with developmental disabilities to creating more transparency in the Legislature’s re-districting process. I have grown immensely as a debater and a leader, both in the Unicameral and in my role as chairman of the General Affairs Committee.
I haven’t always gotten my most critical legislation passed, but I have fought hard and have been willing to work with anyone and everyone to make sure the policy we create is well-crafted with a clear intent. I have voted on legislation from a strong motivation to do the right thing, regardless of party politics or ideologies. Sometimes that gets me into trouble or creates difficulties for my own bills, but I believe it’s the right way to do things here.
It has been a great honor and joy to serve this district, and I am very grateful for the opportunity. I will continue to serve as your representative through the end of this year, so if you have any questions, concerns or issues, please continue to contact my office in Lincoln.