By Russ Pankonin, The Imperial Republican
Far too often, people like to complain about how their government operates but they are not willing to take a stand or do anything about it.
When you look at the gridlock in Washington, D.C., and the overall lack of leadership, it’s not hard to see why people feel disenfranchised.
But there’s a bright spot for the people of the 44th Legislative District. Our new state senator, Dan Hughes of Venango, understands why people are disenchanted with government as a whole.
That’s why he wants to know what you’re thinking. Sen. Hughes didn’t go into the Legislature with any agenda. Instead, his goal is to look out for the interests of the 44th District first, and then the State of Nebraska.
As a state senator, he will at times be forced to weigh what’s best for his district versus what’s best for the state as a whole.
Hughes continues to follow in the footsteps of his predecessors, Sen. Tom Baker and Sen. Mark Christensen, who, like him, looked out for the interests of the 44th District.
In working with Sen. Hughes since being elected, I can honestly say he’s genuinely interested in how his constituents feel on issues that come before the Legislature.
Each week, Hughes holds a tele-conference for Imperial, Grant and Palisade that’s open to the public. In Imperial, the call is held at the city council chambers at 7 p.m. MT. You’re invited!
On each call, he wants to know what people think on various issues. He uses that input as direction for his decision-making on how to vote on each bill.
As constituents, we have the perfect opportunity to provide meaningful input on how our government operates to someone who will truly listen.
He values our input and it’s easy to reach out to him. His office number at the capitol is 402-471-2805, which was the same number as Sen. Christensen’s. His e-mail is
and his mailing address is State Capitol, P.O. Box 94604, Lincoln, 68509.
Folks, we have the ear of Sen. Dan Hughes. Let’s take advantage of it, rather than just sitting on the sidelines. You can make a difference