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Brenda Council's Biography

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Full Name:

Brenda J. Council




Husband: Otha; 2 Children

Birth Place:

Omaha, NE

Home City:

Omaha, NE

JD, Creighton University School of Law, 1977

BS, Secondary Education, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, 1974

Member, Creighton University Law School Advisory Board

Member, Nebraska Board of Educational Lands and Funds

Member, Nebraska Commission on Post Secondary Education

Board Member, Nebraska School Boards Association

Executive Committee, North Omaha Development Project

Senator, Nebraska State Legislature, 2008-2012

Candidate, Nebraska State Senate, District 11, 2012

Candidate, Mayor of Omaha, 1994, 1997

Delegate to Thailand, American Council of Young Political Leaders, 1993

President, Omaha Board of Education, 1989-1993

2nd District Representative/President, Omaha Board of Education, 1982-1993

Member, Omaha City Council, 1993

President, National Caucus of Black School Board Members

Board Member, Community Bank of Nebraska

Visiting Professor, Creighton Law School

Board Member, Creighton University Medical Center

Board Member, Nebraska Aids Project

Board Member, Nebraska Community Foundation

Experience, New Community Development Corporation

Board Member, North Branch, YMCA (Young Men's Catholic Association)

Board Member, Norwest Bank Advisory Board

Attorney, Polk, Waldman, Wickman and Council

Faculty Member, Railroad and Airline Labor Law, American Bar Association, American Legal Institute

Board Member, Salvation Army

Board Member, Susan A. Buffett Foundation

Board Member, United Way of the Midlands

Experience, University of Nebraska Medical Center Institutional Review Board

Board Member, Urban League of Nebraska

Counsel, Whitner Law Firm, present

Judge, Nebraska Commission of Industrial Relations, 2001-2005

Partner, Kutak Rock Law Firm, 1998-2002

Attorney, Polk, Waldman, Wickman and Council, 2002

Senior Contracts Counsel/Senior Real Estate Counsel/Senior Labor Counsel, Union Pacific Railroad, 1980-1998

Field Attorney, National Labor Relations Board, 1977-1980

Member, Bar of the United States District Court of Colorado/Wisconsin, Court of Appeals 5th/7th/8th/9th/10th Circuits, United States Supreme Court

Member, Board of Directors, Boys and Girls Club of Omaha

Member, Charles Drew health Center Foundation

Member, Executive Committee of the North Omaha Development Project

Member, Latino Center of the Midlands

Member, Minority Economic Development Council, Omaha Chamber of Commerce


"Elizabeth Pittman Award", Creighton Law School and the Black American Law Students Association
"Professionalism Award", Nebraska State Bar Association
"A+ Award", Omaha Public Schools
"Alumni Association Award", University of Nebraska
"National Prominence Award", Urban League of Nebraska
"Outstanding Young Omahan Award"
"Outstanding Young Nebraksan Award"

Reason for Seeking Public Office:

I am seeking re-election as the representative of the 11th Legislative District to continue along this course of improvement and empowerment through jobs, education, health and criminal justice reform.