Brenda Council

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
Brenda Council
Brenda Council.jpg
Member of the Nebraska Senate
from the 11th district
In office
Preceded by Ernie Chambers
Succeeded by Ernie Chambers
Personal details
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) Otha Kenneth Council
Residence North Omaha, Nebraska
Alma mater University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Creighton University

Brenda J. Council is a labor lawyer in North Omaha, Nebraska. She represented the 11th District in the Nebraska State Legislature from 2009 to 2013, serving as the successor of long-time state senator Ernie Chambers who was term-limited.[1] Council lost her re-election bid in 2012 to Chambers who was able to run for the seat again after sitting out one term.

Political career[edit]

Council has served on the Omaha School Board and the Omaha City Council, and ran for mayor in 1994 and 1997, losing both elections by slim margins.[2] She was formerly western regional president of the National Caucus of Black School Board Members. She was featured three times in Ebony Magazine due to her prominence as an Omaha leader and she is a permanent roundtable member of the Omaha KETV television Sunday morning talk show, Kaleidoscope

In February 2008, Council filed to run for the seat in the Nebraska State Legislature being vacated by Senator Ernie Chambers, who had been a state senator for 38 years but was barred from seeking re-election due to a new term limits law. In November 2008, she was elected to the Nebraska Legislature. Council ran for re-election in 2012 but lost to Chambers who was able to run for the legislature again after sitting out one four-year term.


Council was born in Omaha, attended Omaha Central High School and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (class of 1974). She received a law degree from Creighton University Law School in 1977. {ref} She is married to Otha Kenneth Council.


Council's work and leadership has garnered widespread attention. She has earned numerous awards and honors including the Urban League of Nebraska's National Prominence Award, selection as the Nebraska Outstanding Young Woman, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln Teachers College Alumni Award of Excellence, the African American award of the Durham Western Heritage Museum and installation as the 62nd Face on the Floor of the Omaha Press Club.

Gambling Problem[edit]

Council has a problem with gambling. On September 12, 2012, Council agreed to plead guilty to two misdemeanor charges stemming from allegations that she misused campaign cash at casinos and filed false reports concealing that. She withdrew $63,000 at casinos over the last several years and deposited $36,000 in cash. In December, 2013 she was sentenced to probation and given a relatively modest fine of $500 for felony wire fraud. [3]


  1. ^ Brenda Council. Retrieved August 31, 2008.
  2. ^ She received 43% of the vote in 1994 and lost by 735 votes in 1997, see Husker Alumni Achievement Award Biography [1]
  3. ^
Preceded by
Ernie Chambers
Nebraska state senator-District 11
Succeeded by
Ernie Chambers