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UPDATE: Gov. Ricketts appoints Kathleen Kauth as new state senator to fill seat of late Sen. Rich Pahls

Sen. Pahls passed away in April
Posted at 11:32 AM, Jun 07, 2022
and last updated 2022-06-07 15:29:11-04

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — Nebraska Gov. Pete Ricketts held a press conference on Tuesday morning to announce the new state senator who will represent District 31 in the Nebraska Legislature. He appointed Kathleen Kauth, who previously ran for Omaha City Council.

“Kathleen is an accomplished team builder who takes initiative to get things done,” said Gov. Ricketts. “She will work to strengthen public safety, control spending, and support small businesses in Nebraska. Her effectiveness as a leader and communicator will be valuable in the Legislature as Senators work together to grow Nebraska.”

According to a press release from the governor's office:

"Kauth is the founder of K.T. Beck Enterprises, LLC, a mediation and conflict coaching firm in Omaha. She moved to Omaha with her husband and three boys in 2012. It was the family’s seventh relocation. They’ve chosen to make their home in Omaha due to Nebraska’s great schools, low crime, and emphasis on family values.

Kauth has provided volunteer leadership to numerous state and civic associations. She has served on the State of Nebraska’s Aging Advisory Committee and is currently on the Omaha City Charter Commission. She has been a member of the Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging (ENOA) Foster Grandparents Advisory Board since 2017. She has also served in leadership capacities with the Omaha Senior Resources Group and Millard Community Schools.

Kauth is a graduate of Bettendorf High School. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Criminology/Sociology and a Masters of Public Policy from the University of Northern Iowa. She also holds a graduate certificate in Gerontology from the University of Nebraska Omaha.

Her appointment is effective June 7, 2022 until January 3, 2023. During the November 2022 regular general election, voters will elect a member of the Legislature for District 31 to serve the remainder of the unexpired term (from January 2023 to January 2025)."

Reporter Jon Kipper interviewed Kauth and her son for the September 11 anniversary special last year.

That story is available to view on our website.
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