|51st Mayor of Omaha|
|Assumed office |
June 10, 2013
|Preceded by||Jim Suttle|
|Member of the Omaha City Council|
from the 5th district
|Preceded by||Dan Welch|
|Succeeded by||Rich Pahls|
Jean Louise Belanger
February 7, 1954
Wood River, Illinois, U.S.
(m. 1981; died 2021)
|Education||Seattle Pacific University (BS)|
Jean Louise Stothert (née Belanger; born February 7, 1954) is an American politician and former nurse serving as the 51st mayor of Omaha, Nebraska. She is the first woman to hold the office and was sworn in as Mayor on June 10, 2013. She was re-elected on May 10, 2017, and May 11, 2021.
Stothert married Joe Stothert in 1981. He became a critical care surgery specialist at the Nebraska Medical Center. The couple had two children, and were married until Joe Stothert died by suicide on March 5, 2021, aged 72.
Stothert began her career in nursing. Her 12 years as a critical care nurse and nursing manager included serving as head nurse at St. Louis University in Missouri. She was responsible for her department budgeting, hiring and staff management.
In 1997, Stothert was elected to the Millard Board of Education. She was re-elected for three terms, including 3 years as president of the board, serving until 2009.
Mayor of Omaha
On June 29, 2012, Stothert announced her candidacy for Mayor of Omaha. Stothert raised $513,124 for campaign, compared to $804,700 raised by Jim Suttle. Stothert received 32.2% of votes in a primary election of April 2, 2013.
She was elected mayor with 57.32% of votes, on May 14, 2013, defeating the incumbent mayor Jim Suttle. She is the first woman to hold this office. Stothert was re-elected in 2017, and won a historic third term for Omaha Mayor in 2021.
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