About Senator Lynne Walz
Senator Walz was raised in the small town of Fontanelle, Nebraska, a few miles outside of the legislative district she currently represents. She grew up on a farm with her sister, two brothers, and parents. Her father was a member of the Local 1140 and ran a small hog farm operation on the side to support the family.
After graduating from Arlington High School in 1981, she took a brief stay from her studies to work as a Direct Care Staffer for the Eastern Nebraska Office on Retardation. During this stay, she was part of an effort to help provide residential services to individuals with developmental disabilities. Through hard work, she quickly moved up to the position of Residential Manager. In this position, she began supervising residential care facilities that provide some of the most crucial services to those who need it most.
In 1988, despite maintaining a demanding workload as Residential Manager, she began pursuing another interest of hers at Midland Lutheran University, education. She completed her degree of a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education with an endorsement in coaching.
That year she transitioned to Bethphage, now known as Mosaic, an organization dedicated to the needs of people with disabilities. As the Executive Director in Fremont and Columbus, Senator Walz oversaw residential and day service programs.
She continued this pursuit until 1995 when she began another of her greatest passions, teaching. For the next six years, the senator taught grades four through five, helping to educate the next generation of Nebraskans.
Finally, in 2002 she began her career as a Realtor at Don Peterson and Associates, eventually becoming a partner.
Her family has grown with her career. Along with her husband of 31 years, she has three kids, two sons, Adam and Patrick, and one daughter, Emma, and three amazing grandchildren. Her husband is general manager at a local radio station, Walnut Radio. Adam currently lives in Kansas City with his wife, Katey. Patrick is stationed with his wife, Cheyenne, and their three children near Fort Campbell, Kentucky. Patrick is a veteran, having served one tour in Afghanistan.
During her time as a state senator, Lynne Walz brought experience and passion for the people of Nebraska to the Legislature by working tirelessly to advocate for individuals with disabilities and children in our education system, while serving as a leader for rural broadband.
During her first year in the Legislature, Senator Walz introduced and passed LB444 to ensure that officers injured in the line of duty will not lose their health insurance if they are unable to meet their work requirements due to their injury. LB522, passed in 2017, helped prevent Universal Service Fund provisions from being transferred to the general fund, ensuring they were used for the expansion of broadband.
In 2018, LB864 was amended into the budget bill to help reimburse funds paid to disability providers that have already provided the necessary services.
Senator Walz also helped introduce and pass LR296 in 2018, which will form a legislative investigative committee to review state-licensed care facilities.
Community Involvement and Awards
- Chamber of Commerce
- School Board Member at Archbishop Bergan
- Church Council
- Sunday School
- Vacation Bible School
- Salem Lutheran Church
- The Wind Coalition: Nebraska Wind Energy Champion
- Arc of Nebraska: Harold Sieck Public Official of the Year Award
- Fraternal Order of Police: Senator of the Year Award