I am deeply grateful to the people of Platte,  Colfax, and Stanton counties for the faith and trust placed in me by allowing me to serve them in the Nebraska State Senate.  Feel free to contact me with your concerns and ideas.  We are in for some very difficult times and will need to come together to accomplish what needs to be done. 
 

    THANK YOU for the tremendous      

      80% vote in the Primary Election!  
       

LEGISLATIVE SERVICE

bullet Since elected in 2010 through the end of his 4th session in April 2014, Paul had 100% session attendance; did not go on any government or special interest paid out-of-state trips; turned down the free football tickets and free memberships in fancy clubs; introduced the idea of the Tax Modernization Committee which resulted in middle class tax reform and an on-going process of tax revision;  served as Vice-Chair of the Revenue Committee and also on the Banking, Planning, Rules, Urban Affairs, General Affairs, and Government committees.    He was also selected to serve on the LR 424 Department of Correctional Services Special Investigative Committee holding hearings on the issues at the state penitentiary .   "I've been a strong advocate for the middle class and played a major role in resisting efforts to shift tax burden to it.  I've also tried to be fair and balanced, being a principal sponsor of bills for business and industry such as the State Chamber and the Nebraska Bankers, while at the same time giving critical support to ideas that helped people who were poor through no fault of their own. " - Paul Schumacher
“Sen. Schumacher has really distinguished himself down there as an authoritative voice on a lot of issues. He probably understands a broader range of issues better than just about anybody down there and he’s able to articulate that.”- Barry Kennedy President Nebraska Chamber of Commerce
HISTORY AND BACKGROUND

 

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Raised on a farm between Cornlea and Tarnov .
 

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Graduate of Humphrey St. Francis (1969); Platte College – Columbus, Nebraska (1971 Associate of Arts in History); Fort Hays Kansas State College – Hays, Kansas (1973 Bachelor of Science summa cum laude triple major: Psychology, General Science, & Speech); and Georgetown University Law Center - Juris Doctor (1976). While at Georgetown served on the Washington Staff of Sen. Carl Curtis (R-Neb); Invited participant at Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University: Innovations in Government (2006); Frontiers of Innovation (2008) and Harvard University Business School: Summit on the Global Economic Crisis (2009); The Global Economy-Historical Perspectives & Future Opportunities (2010).
 

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Practicing Attorney in Columbus. Served 100 cumulative years as City Attorney for a number of rural communities. Member of Florida & Nebraska Bar Associations.
 

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Elected Platte County Nebraska Attorney & Coroner 1978, re-elected 1982 with landslide votes. Noted for delivering on a promise of a 10% budget cut and then holding the line through a period of 50% inflation. He accomplished that in part by refusing all salary raises for 8 years.
 

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Principal designer of the Nebraska Cooperative Government, a unique multi-purpose political subdivision formed in 1989 by an Interlocal Agreement, now with 100 cities, counties, and villages as members statewide, one of the largest in its kind in the United States.
 

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Founder and President of Community Lottery Systems, Inc. – Lotto Nebraska. Lotto Nebraska administers the charitable gaming activities of the Nebraska Cooperative Government. The Cooperative Government has raised approximately 30 million dollars for community betterment and tax relief in voter approved local government lotteries.  For example, currently the Cooperative Government is producing over $1,000 per day in tax relief and community betterment for the City of Columbus and its taxpayers, with an additional $3,000/day for smaller rural and agricultural communities.
 

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Co-founder of Community Internet Systems, Inc., headquartered in Columbus and one of Nebraska’s first Internet companies, Community Internet / Megavision serves communities across rural Nebraska with high speed broadband and Internet. It was the first to introduce Internet to Clarkson, Cornlea, Columbus, Duncan, Howells, Humphrey, Leigh, Monroe, Platte Center, St. Bernard, and Tarnov. It lead the way to broadband to Columbus. He also co-founded Wire Free Nebraska a wireless Internet company that serves much of Platte and Colfax counties.  Community Internet provides complimentary high speed internet access to the Columbus and Humphrey libraries; St. Francis School, Platte and Colfax county courthouses, and city government in Columbus, Humphrey, Clarkson, and Howells which has saved the taxpayers a lot of money.  Over the years it has also provided complimentary service to the city government in Creston, Monroe, Leigh, Platte Center, Duncan, and Lindsay Holy Family.

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Paul believes a Legislator has a sacred obligation to vote in a manner consistent with the Will of the People and that three systemic issues  (democracy, economy, and posterity) are among Nebraska's greatest challenges.
 

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Recipient of Edgar Howard Award (2013)

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2012 Platte College (CCC) Alumnus of the Year

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Nebraska Retail Federation Legislative Leadership Award (2013)

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2014 Nebraska Farm Bureau "Friend of Agriculture" endorsement

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2014 National Federation of Independent Businesses "Friend of Small Businesses" endorsement

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2014 Nebraska Chapter of National Association of Social Workers endorsement

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2014 Nebraska Farmers Union (NEBFARMPAC) endorsement

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2014 Independent Insurance Agents of Nebraska endorsement

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2014 Nebraska AFL-CIO endorsement

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National Coalition For Capital (NCFC)  "Champion of Small Business" award (2014)

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Pro-Life & Pro-Second Amendment voting record

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Married to Michele, Twin daughters: Nicole and Kristen
 

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Do you have a question for Paul?  Email Paul 

 


 

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