|Member of the Nebraska Legislature
from the 9th district
|Preceded by||Gwen Howard|
September 24, 1981 |
|Alma mater||Smith College (B.A.)
Loyola University (J.D.)
|Website||Sara for Nebraska|
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.
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. Sara Howard, who had been her mother's campaign manager, 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%. As the top two vote-getters, Howard, a member of the Democratic Party, and Fish, a Republican, moved on to the general election. Howard won the seat, with 66% of the vote to Fish's 34%.
In the Legislature's 2015 session, Howard was appointed to the Banking, Commerce, and Insurance Committee, and to the Health and Human Services Committee.
- "Sen. Sara Howard". Nebraska Legislature. Archived from the original on 2013-09-24. Retrieved 2013-09-28.
- Nebraska Blue Book 2004–2005, p. 303. Retrieved 2015-02-27.
- Dircks, Mary Lee Harvey. "Senator Sara Howard". Today's Omaha Woman. Winter 2014. Retrieved 2015-02-27.
- "Biography: Sara Howard, JD, BA". University of Nebraska Medical Center. Retrieved 2015-02-28. Archived 2015-02-28 at Wayback Machine.
- Mastre, Brian. "District 9 Race: Newcomers With Experience". WOWT. 2012-10-09. Retrieved 2015-02-27.
- 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.
- "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.
- "Official Results of Nebraska General Election - November 6, 2012", p. 14. Nebraska Secretary of State. Retrieved 2015-02-27.
- "2015 Legislative Committees". Nebraska Legislature. Retrieved 2015-02-22. Archived 2015-02-22 at Wayback Machine.