Senator George Norris State Historic Site
Senator George Norris Site
Seasonal Hours May 1 - October 1
Off-Season Hours October 2 - April 30
No public restrooms are available. Please no food or drink when visiting.
McCook, NE 69001-3142
Norris represented Nebraska in Congress for over forty years. And he changed not just Nebraska, but the entire U.S. Norris believed that everyone should have access to electricity and sponsored the Rural Electrification Act. Some thought his controversial support for public power was socialistic or un-American. The REA ran into some resistance, but passed and brought new light and new life to farms across the country
A Republican, Norris ignored party lines to align his votes with his beliefs. Norris felt the two-party system was outdated and unnecessary. He set off around Nebraska campaigning for a non-partisan, one-house state legislature. In 1934 Nebraskans voted to create the nation’s only unicameral legislature. It first convened in 1937.
Norris’s big ideas originated in a little house in McCook. After his very long career in government he returned to his home base until his death in 1944.
Life as a Public Servant
Bring this story of a life-long public servant to your school. History Nebraska is now offering a Distance Learning Program that will take students into George Norris’s home* to see even more artifacts and photos and investigate these public servant questions. Contact our Education Team at [email protected] for more information.