By Tim Linscott
The Grant Tribune Sentinel
Although he may be mentally exhausted, he couldn’t be happier. State Sen. Dan Hughes, representing the 44th District, has had a whirlwind week since being sworn in Jan. 7.
After being sworn in, Hughes went immediately to work on working with other senators and getting a feel for life in the Capitol.
“I spent a lot of time talking with fellow senators and they are gauging support or opposition to bills and just getting to know each other,” Hughes said, adding that he spent much of the first few days, “feeling my way through” the process of being at the state capitol but this week, “the action will start.”
Hughes will serve on several key committees, including Natural Resources, General Affairs and Urban Affairs. Hughes, as a freshman senator, was elected to the Executive Committee, which he noted was a tremendous honor.
“I am very fortunate as a freshman to be put on that committee,” Hughes said.
The Executive Committee serves as a reference for the legislature, looking at all bills and assigning which committee will oversee hearings on those bills.
More than 100 bills were brought up in the first two days.
At the moment Hughes said he is not looking at sponsoring any individual bills but has already been asked to co-sponsor several.
The first week has been mentally exhausting, Hughes said, with getting things in order, including setting up his office.
Not one to seek the limelight, Hughes explained he has been in awe of the “pomp and circumstance” of being sworn in and having a floor seat to see new governor Pete Ricketts being sworn in to office.
“It is pretty amazing to be there at the swearing in ceremony,” Hughes said. “Being sworn in myself, I have to keep pinching myself to make sure this is all real. This is something I’ve worked for and to be going through all of this is an incredible experience.”
Hughes had four of his sisters come up from Texas and New Mexico for the swearing in to share the experience with him.
“It was so very special to have them there. It was really nice that they came up from Texas and New Mexico to Nebraska in January,” Hughes said with a laugh.
And who Hughes called, “an incredible asset” to his campaign and life was his wife, Josie, at his side, as usual.
“She has always been there for me and to have her there that day was awesome,” Hughes said.
Sen. Hughes to begin weekly tele-conference next Tuesday
By Russ Pankonin
The Imperial Republican
Senator Dan Hughes will continue the tradition of a weekly tele-conference with constituents in southwest Nebraska.
Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 20, Hughes will discuss legislative issues and field questions during the one-hour call.
In Imperial, the city council chambers will serve as the location for the call which will begin at 7 a.m. MT.
The call is open to the public.
Other locations for the call include Southwest Public Power in Palisade and Midwest Electric in Grant.
Great Plains Communications provides the conference bridge for the weekly calls.
The calls will continue through the 90-day session, which is scheduled to adjourn June 5.