David Landis (Nebraska state senator)

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David Landis (born 1948) is a Nebraska state senator from Lincoln, Nebraska in the Nebraska Legislature and college instructor.

David Landis (Nebraska state senator)
Member of the Nebraska Senate
from the 49th district
In office
Succeeded by Danielle Nantkes
Personal details
Born (1948-06-10) June 10, 1948 (age 66)
Lincoln, Nebraska
Political party Democratic
Residence Lincoln, Nebraska
Alma mater University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Personal life[edit]

He was born on June 10, 1948, in Lincoln, Nebraska and graduated from University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1970 with a B.A., 1971 with a J.D., and in 1995 with an MCRP. He also got a MPA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in 1984.

State legislature[edit]

He was elected in 1978 to represent the 46th Nebraska legislative district and reelected in 1982, 1986, 1990, 1994, 1998, and 2002. Many of the 391 bills he passed in 28 years in the Nebraska Unicameral were consensus measures forged by negotiation which brought contesting parties to agreement. Landis authored more successful bills than any state senator in the history of the state of Nebraska. Senator Landis brokered legislative agreements between labor and management, utilities and ratepayers, big banks and small banks, insurance companies and trial attorneys, and other seemingly intractable foes. Senator Landis passed legislation to create a statewide network of mediation centers, establish a system for negotiated administrative rulemaking in state government, extend the use of arbitration to resolve disputes, and create the state labor-management collective bargaining system.

His negotiations skillset has been developed at training seminars at Harvard, MIT, and the University of Illinois. For fifteen years he taught negotiation courses at the University of Nebraska College of Law and the Department of Public Administration. Senator Landis has three times been the Best Teacher award winner at Doane College. His negotiation workshop clients include: Internal Revenue Service, Pacific Public Policy Program, National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, State Farm Insurance Co., Western Fire Chiefs Association, Rocky Mountain Public Policy Program, California League of Cities, and the Southwest Leadership Program.

Senator Landis is married to Melodee Ann McPherson, two children, Matthew and Melissa, and one grandchild, Naomi A. McKibbin. He enjoys music, theater, and doing a Sunday morning radio show on KTGL. He graduated from the University of Nebraska with a B.A. (1970), Juris Doctor (1971) a Masters of Public Administration (1984) and a Masters in Regional and Community Planning (1995).

Since Nebraska voters passed Initiative Measure 415 in 2001 limiting state senators to two terms after 2001, he was unable run for reelection. He was elected to the Lower Platte South Natural Resource District in 2002. And accepted the position of Director of Urban Development in June 2007 when offered the job by Mayor Chris Beutler.

Preceded by
Jo Ann Maxey
Nebraska state senator-district 46
Succeeded by
Danielle Nantkes

See also[edit]


  1. "Nebraska Unicameral Legislature". Sen. David Landis. Retrieved March 15, 2006. 
  2. "National Conference of State Legislatures". Term Limits in Nebraska: A Timeline. Archived from the original on November 29, 2005. Retrieved March 20, 2006.