Dan Hughes preparing for new job in legislature
By Tim Linscott
Grant Tribune Sentinel
A lifelong hard worker, Dan Hughes woke up Nov. 5, the day after the General Election, and immediately went to work as he would any normal day.
On that day, however, Hughes wasn’t necessarily working hard on his farm near Venango, he was beginning to piece together his plan for representing the 44th District in the Nebraska Legislature.
Hughes, who won the legislative seat in the general election over Steve Stroup of Benkelman, has started to formulate his plan on taking office in January.
He has started acclimating himself to the rules and regulations involved with taking office and attended an orientation for new state senators.
“Finding a place to live and make arrangements on our farm operation to keep operating when I am not there are also what I’ve been working on,” Hughes said.
Hughes felt humbled by the tremendous support he received in Chase and Perkins Counties.
“I have a lot of friends in Perkins County and they stepped up for me and voted for me and that is very gratifying,” Hughes said. “I really appreciate that because I had to have that in order to win.”
After receiving a phone call from Stroup on the eve of the election, Hughes had great respect and admiration for his opponent.
“He’s a good guy and philosophically we are very similar. We both have the same background, conservative Republicans and he ran a good race,” Hughes said. “He was a tough competitor but competition only makes you stronger.”
Already contacted by current senators, Hughes is in the preliminary stages of formulating plans for legislation and priorities.
“Property taxes is what everyone is talking about. That is by far what voters talked to me about,” Hughes said. “I will be focusing on ideas and start on that and begin looking at opportunities to co-sponsor things and issues to push.”