An Albion man has announced himself as a candidate for the state legislature in 2016.
Tom Briese of Albion is hoping to represent District #41, which is now served by Sen. Kate Sullivan, who will be unable to run next year due to term limits.
According to Briese, a Boone County farmer, “It’s important to realize our future in Nebraska, and rural Nebraska in particular, hinges on our ability to grow our economy, grow our population, and create opportunity for our children and grandchildren to live, work, and raise their families here.”
Briese, who also has a background in law, is the first to announce candidacy for this position. If elected Briese said he will focus on lowering taxes to make Nebraska more competitive, increasing educational opportunity, and rural economic development.
He has earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Agricultural Economics in 1982 and a Juris Doctorate in 1985 both from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.
Briese worked as a Law Clerk with U.S. Magistrate, David Piester, and an associate attorney at Luebs Law Firm. Briese currently is employed as a full time farmer near Albion, Nebraska. Tom is a fourth-generation farmer, with an operation including irrigated and dryland farming with soybeans and corn.
He has served on a variety of boards and committees including the Boone County Area Foundation Fund Committee, Boone County Philanthropy Council, Boone Central Board of Education and others.
He is currently a member of Nebraska Cattlemen, Nebraska Soybean Association, Nebraska Farm Bureau, Nebraska Corn Growers, National Rifle Association and Nebraska State Bar Association (Inactive).
He has been married to his wife, Joan, for 28 years and they have two children together Adam and Ashley. Ashley is married to Cameron Jones, and they have two children, Jace and Jaxon.
Briese said, “It has been a privilege and a pleasure to run the family farm and raise my family here and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to give back to the area by strengthening rural Nebraska.”