DiAnna Schimek, 1940- [RG5635.AM]


RG5635.AM: DiAnna Schimek, 1940-

Papers: 1976-2008
Lincoln, Lancaster County, Neb.: State senator
Size: 60.0 cu.ft.; 60 boxes


Born in Holdrege, Nebraska, DiAnna Schimek graduated from Alma High School in 1958. She attended Colorado Woman’s College from 1958-1960, receiving an associate arts degree majoring in business. She then attended the University of Nebraska – Lincoln and finally Kearney State College where she received a bachelor’s degree in education. She worked as a realtor and a teacher before being elected to the Nebraska Legislature in 1988. Representing the 27th Nebraska legislative district, Schimek ran for and won re-election in 1992, 1996, 2000, and 2004. She left office in January of 2009 due to term limits.

Throughout her twenty year legislative career, Schimek served on various committees including the Government, Military and Veterans Affairs committee, the Urban Affairs committee, and the Business and Labor committee. Some of her legislative priorities focused on election law, children and families, and health care. Schimek also served on various national boards and committees including the Advisory Board on Voter Participation for the Center for Policy Alternatives, the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Reapportionment Task Force, and the National Conference of State Legislatures’ Health and Human Services Committee. She also served on the Democratic National Committee from 1976-1988.


This collection consists of 60 boxes of legislative papers of DiAnna Schimek. The collection is arranged in three series: 1) Correspondence; 2) Legislative Bill files; and 3) Special Subjects. The collection is arranged as it was received from Senator Schimek’s office. The materials in the collection date from 1976-2008. History Nebraska received the last 11 boxes in 2021.


Series 1 – Correspondence

Box #

  1. 1990-2001, pt. 1
  2. 1990-2001, pt. 2
  3. 1990-2001, pt. 3
  4. 2002, 2004
  5. 2003
  6. 2005-2006
  7. 2007

Series 2 – Legislative Bill files

  1. 1989
  2. 1989-1990
  3. 1990
  4. 1991
  5. 1992
  6. 1993-1994
  7. 1994-1995
  8. 1995-1996
  9. 1997
  10. 1997
  11. 1998
  12. 1999
  13. 1999
  14. 2000
  15. 2001
  16. 2001
  17. 2002
  18. 2003
  19. 2003
  20. 2004
  21. 2005
  22. 2005
  23. 2005-2006
  24. 2007
  25. 2007
  26. 2007
  27. 2007-2008
  28. 2008
  29. 2008
  30. 2008

Series 3 – Special Subjects

  1. Issues, pt. 1
  2. Issues, pt. 2
  3. Issues, pt. 3
  4. Issues, pt. 4
  5. Gaming
  6. Gaming
  7. Gaming
  8. Gaming
  9. Gender & Minority Equity Task Force, 1997-1998
  10. Midwest Legislative Conference, 2001
  11. Performance Audit, 2007-2008
  12. Council of State Governments, 2008
    Old backup computer files

Boxes added in 2021:

  1. In-state tuition
  2. In-state tuition
  3. In-state tuition
  4. Legislative bills
  5. Legislative bills
  6. Legislative bills
  7. Speeches, biographical materials, etc.
  8. Campaign materials – legislature and SECC
  9. Nebraska Democratic Party Chair, 1980-1984
  10. Democratic National Committee and Conventions
  11. State Treasurer’s race and special events

Subject headings:

Legislation — Nebraska
Legislature — Nebraska
Nebraska — Politics and government
Nebraska. Legislature, 1988-2008
Schimek, DiAnna, 1940-

TMM 01-15-2009; 01-21-2011; 12-28-2021

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