NREA staff members represent the rural electric point of view on a variety of issues in Congress, the Nebraska Unicameral and those state and federal agencies whose policies and programs impact the rural electric program and electric consumers in Nebraska and the nation. NREA General manager Jay Holmquist, NREA Government Relations Director Kristen Gottschalk, and NREA Grassroots Coordinator James Dukesherer are registered lobbyists acting on behalf of NREA's member-systems.
NREA lobbyists have the strength of 34 member-systems behind them when they represent the Association before Congress, the Unicameral, or state and federal agencies. Staff members provide daily representation while the Unicameral is in session. They appear before legislative committees, draft legislation, and carry the rural electric message to the 49 members of the Unicameral. You can follow the NREA legislative activities by visiting the NREA Unicameral Update Blog
While NREA staff members are able to have a daily presence at the Unicameral, it is the grassroots support from our individual member-systems, their directors, employees, and customers that leads to our ultimate success. We encourage all of our members' directors and employees to stay in close contact with their state senators and members of Congress throughout the year. Below is a link to a listing of Nebraska's state senators and below that is a map showing the location of their legislative districts in relation to NREA's members' service areas.
Nebraska's public power districts and electric cooperatives are facing growing uncertainty over the future of America's energy policy. As we focus our efforts to ensure Nebraska continues to provide affordable, reliable, and safe electric power, we are turning to you for help.
No one understands your electric bill better than you; and the NREA Grassroots Initiative provides direct communication between elected officials and those they are elected to represent.
Thank you for visiting our website. We invite you to take an active role in the Grassroots Initiative and to take advantage of the opportunities presented to you. Rather than a single voice, the Grassroots Initiative will mobilize a movement of Nebraskans concerned about energy issues and affordable electric rates. With your active involvement, we can be a powerful voice in Lincoln and Washington.
As Congress and the State Legislature continue to debate energy issues, we all have a responsibility to ensure the concerns of electric providers and consumers are heard by our representatives. Now is a historical time for Nebraska's electrical industry, and we must work together to ensure elected officials understand our issues and a balanced debate occurs. By increasing the dialog between representatives and constituents, the Grassroots Initiative will build strong relationships with policy makers, increase education of the issues, and raise awarness of the concerns of rural America.
Please do not miss your opportunity to become involved.