The Metropolitan Utilities District board chose a former state senator to fill its open slot representing northeast Omaha.
In a 6-0 vote Wednesday, the board chose former State Sen. Tanya Cook to replace Tom Dowd, who
died in early August after a long illness.
Cook will serve the remainder of Dowd’s term, representing MUD’s Subdivision 5 through the end of 2020.
MUD board members are paid an annual salary of $13,440.
She will have the option of
filing to run for the seat. She was one of 16 applicants for the seat. Finalists included former State Sen. Burke Harr.
“I welcome the chance to continue my own public service as a member of the MUD Board of Directors,” she said.
Cook served two terms in the Legislature, including stints on the Appropriations and Business and Labor Committees.
She runs a public relations business, City Girl Communications, that provides assistance with urban planning, design and water infrastructure projects.
She was previously director of Urban Affairs for former Govs. Mike Johanns and Dave Heineman and served as an administrator at Metropolitan Community College in the 1990s.
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District 1: State Sen. Julie Slama From: Peru
District 2: State Sen. Robert Clements From: Elmwood
District 3: State Sen. Carol Blood From: Bellevue
District 4: State Sen. Robert Hilkemann From: Omaha
District 5: State Sen. Mike McDonnell From: Omaha
District 6: State Sen. Machaela Cavanaugh From: Omaha
District 7: State Sen. Tony Vargas From: Omaha
District 8: State Sen. Megan Hunt From: Omaha
District 9: State Sen. Sara Howard From: Omaha
District 10: State Sen. Wendy DeBoer From: Bennington
District 11: State Sen. Ernie Chambers From: Omaha
District 12: State Sen. Steve Lathrop From: Omaha
District 13: State Sen. Justin Wayne From: Omaha
District 14: State Sen. John Arch From: La Vista
District 15: State Sen. Lynne Walz From: Fremont
District 16: State Sen. Ben Hansen From: Blair
District 17: State Sen. Joni Albrecht From: Thurston
District 18: State Sen. Brett Lindstrom From: Omaha
District 19: State Sen. Jim Scheer From: Norfolk
District 20: State Sen. John McCollister From: Omaha
District 21: State Sen. Mike Hilgers From: Lincoln
District 22: State Sen. Mike Moser From: Columbus
District 23: State Sen. Bruce Bostelman From: Brainard
District 24: State Sen. Mark Kolterman From: Seward
District 25: State Sen. Suzanne Geist From: Lincoln
District 26: State Sen. Matt Hansen From: Lincoln
District 27: State Sen. Anna Wishart From: Lincoln
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District 28: State Sen. Patty Pansing Brooks From: Lincoln
District 29: State Sen. Kate Bolz From: Lincoln
District 30: State Sen. Myron Dorn From: Adams
District 31: State Sen. Rick Kolowski From: Omaha
District 32: State Sen. Tom Brandt From: Plymouth
District 33: State Sen. Steve Halloran From: Hastings
District 34: State Sen. Curt Friesen From: Henderson
District 35: State Sen. Dan Quick From: Grand Island
District 36: State Sen. Matt Williams From: Gothenburg
District 37: State Sen. John Lowe From: Kearney
District 38: State Sen. Dave Murman From: Glenvil
Lou Ann Linehan
District 39: State Sen. Lou Ann Linehan From: Elkhorn
District 40: State Sen. Tim Gragert From: Creighton
District 41: State Sen. Tom Briese From: Albion
District 42: State Sen. Mike Groene From: North Platte
District 43: State Sen. Tom Brewer From: Gordon
District 44: State Sen. Dan Hughes From: Venango
District 45: State Sen. Sue Crawford From: Bellevue
District 46: State Sen. Adam Morfeld From: Lincoln
District 47: State Sen. Steve Erdman From: Bayard
District 48: State Sen. John Stinner From: Gering
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District 49: State Sen. Andrew La Grone From: Gretna