Ernie Chambers files for return to Nebraska Legislature

Feb. 27, 2024, 2:17 p.m. ·

Sen. Ernie Chambers in 2008 (Photo courtesy of Nebraska Legislature)

Former Nebraska State Sen. Ernie Chambers has filed to run for the Nebraska Legislature once again.

Chambers is the longest serving state senator in Nebraska history, holding the North Omaha seat for a total of 46 years.

He was term limited for the first time in 2009 and again in 2021.

Now, the 86-year-old Chambers is running for a four-year term from 2025 through 2029 for the District 11 seat.

During his previous time in the legislature, Chambers worked to abolish the death penalty, prohibit corporal punishment in Nebraska schools and protect Nebraska wildlife.

He also gained national notoriety in 2007 for suing God to make a point about frivolous lawsuits.

Currently, the District 11 seat is held by 33-year-old Terrell McKinney, who Chambers endorsed in the 2020 election.

McKinney and Calandra Cooper have also filed to run for the seat.

The deadline for non-incumbents to file is March 1 and the primary election to narrow the field to two candidates is scheduled for May 14.