Jim Esch

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Jim Esch
Democratic nominee for
U.S. Representative for Nebraska, 2nd District
Election date
November 4, 2008
Opponent(s) Lee Terry (R)
Incumbent Lee Terry
Personal details
Born (1975-12-06) December 6, 1975 (age 38)
Omaha, Nebraska
Political party Democratic
Spouse(s) single
Residence Omaha, Nebraska
Alma mater Creighton University, Creighton University School of Law
Profession attorney
Religion Roman Catholic

James D. "Jim" Esch (born December 6, 1975) was the Democratic nominee for the 2006 and 2008 general elections for Nebraska's 2nd congressional district (map) of the United States House of Representatives, challenging Republican incumbent Lee Terry.


Esch was born in Omaha, Nebraska, the eldest of six children. He attended Creighton Preparatory School and Creighton University, both Jesuit-run schools. He earned a B.S. in Business Administration in 1998 and a J.D. from the Creighton University School of Law in 2000.

He has served on the Boards of several Catholic charities, including the Siena Francis House homeless shelter, Heart Ministry outreach program and Black Student Catholic Scholarship Fund.

Upon graduation from law school, Esch worked for the Steier Group, which provides professional development and public relations counsel to nonprofit organizations. From 2003 to 2005, Esch worked for the Greater Omaha Chamber of Commerce and served as director for the Greater Omaha Economic Development Partnership. Currently, Esch is a lawyer for Kinney Law, PC, LLO in Omaha.

2006 U.S. congressional campaign[edit]

In 2006 Esch unsuccessfully ran for Congress in Nebraska's 2nd congressional district against Republican incumbent Lee Terry. He lost 55%-45%.

2008 U.S. congressional campaign[edit]

In 2008 Esch announced that he would again seek the Democratic nomination for a rematch with Lee Terry in Nebraska's 2nd congressional district. He again lost to Terry 52% to 48%. Esch stated afterwards that at least Barack Obama was victorious [in his presidential bid] and that that was what mattered. Esch also said he was done running for the seat.

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