Sara Howard

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Sara Howard
Member of the Nebraska Legislature
from the 9th district
Assumed office
Preceded by Gwen Howard
Personal details
Born (1981-09-24) September 24, 1981 (age 35)
Omaha, Nebraska
Political party Democratic
Residence Omaha, Nebraska
Alma mater Smith College (B.A.)
Loyola University (J.D.)
Occupation Attorney
Website Sara for Nebraska

Sara Howard (b. September 24, 1981[1]) is a politician from the U.S. state of Nebraska. In 2012, she was elected to the Nebraska Legislature, representing an Omaha district.

Howard was born in Omaha in 1981, the daughter of Gwen Howard and David Howard; her father was killed in a car accident before her birth. She graduated from Omaha's Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart in 1999. In 2003, she received a B.A. from Smith College; in 2008, a J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law. From 2009 to 2011, she worked as a staff attorney for the Illinois Maternal and Child Health Coalition, then moved to Omaha, where she worked as a development specialist for OneWorld Community Health Centers.[1][2][3][4][5]

Gwen Howard served two terms in the Nebraska Legislature, representing the 9th District in midtown Omaha. Because of Nebraska's term-limits law, she was ineligible to run for a third consecutive term in the 2012 election.[6][7] Sara Howard, who had been her mother's campaign manager,[5] ran for the seat. In the nonpartisan primary, Howard received 56.6% of the vote; Erica Fish, 30.1%; and Vernon Joseph Davis, 13.3%.[8] As the top two vote-getters, Howard, a member of the Democratic Party, and Fish, a Republican, moved on to the general election.[6] Howard won the seat, with 66% of the vote to Fish's 34%.[9]

In the Legislature's 2015 session, Howard was appointed to the Banking, Commerce, and Insurance Committee, and to the Health and Human Services Committee.[10]


  1. ^ a b "Sen. Sara Howard". Nebraska Legislature. Archived from the original on 2013-09-24. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 
  2. ^ Nebraska Blue Book 2004–2005, p. 303. Retrieved 2015-02-27.
  3. ^ Dircks, Mary Lee Harvey. "Senator Sara Howard". Today's Omaha Woman. Winter 2014. Retrieved 2015-02-27.
  4. ^ "Sara Howard". LinkedIn. Retrieved 2015-02-28.
  5. ^ a b "Biography: Sara Howard, JD, BA". University of Nebraska Medical Center. Retrieved 2015-02-28. Archived 2015-02-28 at Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ a b Mastre, Brian. "District 9 Race: Newcomers With Experience". WOWT. 2012-10-09. Retrieved 2015-02-27.
  7. ^ For a map of the Omaha districts, including District 9, as they were from 2001 to 2011, see Nebraska Cities, Villages, and Counties: Their Location Within the Legislative Districts Established by Laws 2001, LB 852, p. 60 (p. 68 of the PDF file); Nebraska Legislature; retrieved 2015-02-27. For a street map of District 9 during this time, see "Legislative District 9 - LB 852 (2001)"; Nebraska Legislature; retrieved 2015-02-27. In 2011, district boundaries were redrawn in light of the 2010 U.S. Census; a map of the newly configured District 9 is at "Legislative District 9 - LB 703 (2011)", Nebraska Legislature, retrieved 2015-02-28.
  8. ^ "Official Report of the Board of State Canvassers of the State of Nebraska: Primary Election, May 15, 2012", p. 33. Nebraska Secretary of State. Retrieved 2015-02-27.
  9. ^ "Official Results of Nebraska General Election - November 6, 2012", p. 14. Nebraska Secretary of State. Retrieved 2015-02-27.
  10. ^ "2015 Legislative Committees". Nebraska Legislature. Retrieved 2015-02-22. Archived 2015-02-22 at Wayback Machine.

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